Poems For a Time of Healing and Loss

WE REMEMBER THEM

by Rabbi Jack Riemer

At the rising of the sun and at its going down 

We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter 

We remember them.

At the opening of the buds and the rebirth of spring 

We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer  

We remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn 

We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends  

We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, 

As we remember them.


When we are weary and in need of strength  We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart  We remember them.

When we have joy we crave to share  We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make  We remember them.

When we have achievements that are based on theirs  We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, 

As we remember them.

TO THOSE I LOVE

When I am gone, release me, let me go.

I have so many things to see and so,

You musn't tie yourself to me with tears.

Be happy that we had so many 

Beautiful years (moments) shared.



I gave you my love

You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown.

But now it's time I travel on alone.



So grieve for me a while,

If grieve you must.

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It's only for a while that we must part,

So bless the memory within your heart.


I won't be far away,

For life goes on.

If you need me, 

Call and I will come.

Though you cannot see or touch me,

I will be near.

And if you listen with your heart,

You'll hear all my love around you.


And when you must come this way alone,

I will greet you with a smile and say "welcome home."

MY BELOVED

To this sacred place I come,

Drawn by the eternal ties that bind my soul to the soul of my beloved.

Death has parted us.

You are no longer at my side to share the beauty of life.

I cannot look to you to lighten my burdens, to lend me your strength, your wisdom or your faith.


And yet what you mean to me does not wither or fade.

For a time we touched hands and hearts,

Still your tender glance remains a joy to me.

You are part of me forever.


Something of you has become a deathless song upon my lips.

Beyond the ache that tells how much I miss you, a deeper thought compels,

We were together!


I hold you still in my mind and give thanks for our life together and our love.

The happiness that was and the memories that do not fade,

Are a gift that cannot be lost.

You continue to bless my days and years.


I will always give thanks for you.

DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP

by Mary Frye

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 wake in the morning hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush 

Of quiet birds in circling flight. 

I am the soft starlight at night. 


Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there, I do not sleep.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there, I did not die!

RUN FREE WITH THE ANGELS

Go and run free with the angels

Dance around the golden clouds,

For God has chosen you to be with him

Despite our cries out loud.


Although he has taken you from us

And our pain will ever last,

Your memory never escapes us

But makes us glad for the time we had.


Your face will always be hidden

Deep inside our hearts,

Each precious moment you gave us

Shall never, ever depart.


So go and run free with the angels

As they sing so tenderly,

And please be sure to tell them

To take good care of you for me.

WE THOUGHT OF YOU WITH LOVE TODAY

We thought of you with love today

But that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday

And the days before that too.


We think of you in silence

We often speak your name.

Now all we have is memories

And your picture in a frame.


Your memory is our keepsake

With which we'll never part.

God has you in his keeping

We have you in our heart.

WHEN ALL THAT'S LEFT IS LOVE

by Rabbi Allen S. Maller

When I die 

If you need to weep 

Cry for someone

Walking the street beside you.


You can love me most by letting 

Hands touch hands, and 

Souls touch souls.


You can love me most by

Sharing your Simchas (goodness) and

Multiplying your Mitzvot (acts of kindness).


You can love me most by 

Letting me live in your eyes 

And not on your mind.


And when you say Kaddish  for me

Remember what our Torah teaches,

Love doesn’t die

People do.

So when all that’s left of me is love

Give me away.

GOD GIVES, GOD TAKES

by Rabbi Allen S. Maller

God gives 

opportunities for us to love

but not forever.

God takes opportunities away

after a while. 

So don't hesitate or delay

or curse the darkness

while remaining mired in sadness and hopelessness,

because God gives;

and God takes away.

Blessed be the name of the LORD.


But why bless the LORD when God takes away?

Because if the opportunities 

were always there,

we would wait until the time was just right

and never make the leap,

and more of life would slip away.

So God gives and God takes; 

Blessed be God's name