Shawn L. Bird

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poem-lost gift July 25, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:50 pm
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Family and friends

gather for funeral to

tell stories:





I hope she knew

she touched this many.

that they’d have to

bring in extra chairs,

though she was a newcomer

to this community.

When cancer is found,

why not call everyone

to celebrate the life

while the body is there to hear?

Why not send her off for chemo

with these stories of love,

respect, and support?

Why wait to gather

when she’s not here

to receive the blessing?




Memorial today, packed house to celebrate Auntie Linda.  I just kept wishing she’d been here to know how many lives she’d touched.  

I was reminded of a send off my friend had for her husband when he was heading south for radiation, bone marrow transplant, etc.  Relatives came from afar, friends packed the building.  We sang, we told stories, we laughed, we sent him off with blessings for his young family, knowing in his heart how he’d inspired people.  When he passed away a few months later, we gathered  all again with sadder hearts, but that time together lifting him up has stayed with me as a very precious occasion to support a young family in a time of tragedy.





18 Responses to “poem-lost gift”

  1. Melody J Haislip Says:

    I’m so sorry about your aunt. That’s a hard way to go. And as far as the service, perhaps she Does know. I hope so.

  2. howardat58 Says:

    Hello Shawn.
    I have always thought that there is an element of self indulgence in funerals. I do like your friend’s idea.

    • My mother has always said she doesn’t want a funeral, because “I won’t be there to enjoy it.” I told her funerals aren’t for the dead, they’re to comfort the living. She didn’t thing she (estate) should have to pay for it. lol That’s my mother, for ya!

  3. mkvecchitto Says:

    Beautiful words. So sorry for your loss.

  4. Deepest condolences Shawn….

    Some day…some Day

  5. loydbrown Says:

    Letting go is always the hardest thing. I love the thoughts on sending someone off on their journey with love.

  6. Annette Rochelle Aben Says:

    I love celebrating LIFE anytime but doing it when all can be physically there? A blessing indeed… Many hugs for your heart.

  7. I am with you there Shawn – we need to tell people what they mean to us while they are still alive

  8. This is beautiful. Yes, I agree.

  9. jovisgoes Says:

    Outstanding, and a brilliant idea. ❤

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