What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller
Not long ago I came across a Wisdom Quote posted on Facebook that read “Life is fleeting, so hold those you love close.” Having experienced five deaths in four weeks has certainly reinforced that lesson. All living things must one day pass from this Earth, some sooner than others. Death does not discriminate. Some go quickly, taken without warning, while others pass slowly into the afterlife as a result of illness or disease. Some cross over into the Light at a young age while others are allowed to grow old and weary before passing on. The simple fact is, death is a part of life journey. It is our final act. Death is as much a part of our lives as other life events, birth, learning to walk and talk, going to school, getting a job, marriage, etc, it’s all part of the trip.
And with death comes the inevitable grief and sorrow. It doesn’t matter whether the death is unexpected or how well prepared a person believes he/she is for the death of an ill or aged loved one, we all grieve. We mourn the loss of the person who has been such a big part of our lives, we dread the thought they will no longer be here to touch lives, encourage and inspire us. And although we know they are in a better place, no longer suffering and at peace, we are left with an emptiness inside that even the most cherished thoughts and memories are hard pressed to fill. Only the passage of time will heal our wounds. Only then will all those thoughts and memories bring us heartfelt joy.
I remember how I grieved when my mom unexpectedly passed away back in 1991. It took me an extremely long time to get over her death. Of course I had the added dimension of guilt piled high on top of my sorrow plate. There was so much I wish I had told her while she was still alive, so much to talk about. Thank God I was able to finally come to terms with her passing and move on.
My condolences to the all the members of the five families who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. My thought and prayers are with you all. I too will miss them, my old workmate Dennis, my cousin Susie, My compadre’s dad Jesse, our next door neighbor Dawn and my nina’s companion Pete. May they rest in peace… If there is anything Raylene and I can do to assist you, all you need do is ask and we will be there for you. Love you…
I began writing the following poem in 1982 when Raylene’s uncle Barney passed away. I added to, and completed it in 1991 when my mom passed away.
I hope it brings you some comfort.
A Message From Heaven
Don’t grieve for me my love, for I am beyond grief and earthly pain. I’ve crossed over into the Light and found Eternal Life. My Soul has been set free! I’m resting comfortably in the arms of My Lord…
Don’t grieve for me my love, There is no need for misery. While I rejoice before my Jesus dancing with the Angels, You sit alone in tears, the weight of my departure so heavy on your heart.
Please set your mind at ease, My beloved. It’s not the end as some may believe. No need to mourn my passing. Please celebrate my gain! Praise God I live Again! I’m One with the Universe, Walking with My Lord, Walking with My Lord…..
“A Message From Heaven”/ originally titled “A Message From Beyond”
John Sausedo August 1982 / November 1991