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Thread #34329   Message #462415
Posted By: GUEST,Karen
14-May-01 - 08:01 PM
Thread Name: Music and Poems for a Funeral
Subject: RE: Music and Poems for a Funeral
Terri, here is the reading I mentioned above. My aunt read it at my grandmother's funeral.

"Gone From My Sight"
Author unknown
I am standing upon the sea shore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!" "Gone where?" Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, She is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!" And that is dying.

Also, on the Scottish note, my husband plays Scottish bagpipes at a lot of funerals. "Amazing Grace" is the one that starts everyone crying so if you have that, you may want to play it at the end of the service.