Poem for Those Who Are Grieving

Hello friends!

It’s not lost on me that the holidays are one of the most emotional times for those who are grieving.  I can only imagine the complex emotions during this time of year — joyous celebrations slightly bruised by the emptiness of your loved one who is not there in the flesh at your side.

In 2002, I lost a close childhood friend to complications following a car accident. It was the first time I experienced the loss of someone close to me, and it’s a pain that runs deep. There is a  poem that I discovered after his passing, and it continues to give me comfort with each loss since his, or anytime grief bubbles over.

In a rather wild experience, I even had a dream once that vividly acted out this poem.  It was surreal! I experienced my physical body taking on every line in this poem.  I woke up with the greatest calm I may have ever experienced in my life.  Honest to God, never before, nor since, have I experienced such a calm.  It was pure peace.

For those who may be grieving, I wanted to share this poem with you in hopes that it too may offer a layer of comfort.

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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 glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn 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. 

– Mary Elizabeth Frye

Are there any poems or quotes that help you through grief? Leave a comment below, or email info@gogetitlife.com



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