Reflection at a Time of Loss

When someone we know dies, especially those who are close to us, who hold a special place in our heart – we often feel a sense of loss.  This is a natural part of our grieving process and we should not try to mask any of the feelings and emotions that we have when experiencing a bereavement.

Instead, we use mindfulness to accept that things are as they are.  The physical presence of the loved one has departed and there soul has journeyed along another path.

At such a time we can sometimes struggle to understand that we are all as one and as such we are all connected, wherever our souls journey takes us.  The following poem written by Cannon Scott Holland may be of comfort to those who are bereaved.  I came across this when I was on retreat a number of years ago and found it very comforting.  I hope others will too.

Death is Nothing At All

Canon Scott Holland

I have slipped away into the next room.

I am I and you are you: whatever we were to each other, that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. 

Let my name be forever the same as it always was.

Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same as it always was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity.

I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner ….. All is well.

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