July 9, 2004, Newsletter Issue #75: Poems given at funerals

Tip of the Week

A few, last words are more than just that.........

POEMS often bring comfort to the bereaved. The most popular of these is from Dylan Thomas.

"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light ..."

And Death Shall Have No Dominion,also by Thomas, is much requested Do Not Stand At My Grave, a poem drawn from American Indian traditions, too, is much favored.

"Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on the snow. I am the gentle autumn`s rain. When you awaken in the morning`s hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do Not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die."

(At least for a bit, People really want to feel bad at a funeral too. They want to hear something that will make them teary eyed, or see other people that are. They want to know they have been to a funeral of someone who was loved.)
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