Why some of the oldest poems are the best!
Posted: December 4th 2018 | Posted in Funerals
Working in the funeral industry means that the longer you do your role, the greater your repertoire of resources becomes. My catalogue of ‘Go To’ material just keeps growing and growing.
I’m always on the look out for new readings, prayers or poems and just different ways of getting a message across. Sometimes I’ll use music lyrics to do this if they’re more poignant and often I’ll even write my own readings.
And yet sometimes despite searching for new material, I’m drawn back to some of the oldest and well known readings that in the right service, really do help people with their thinking. They may have many thumb prints on their pages from being used time and time again but they’re popular for a reason. They work. They hit the right spot. They help people with their final goodbyes and their inner dialogue.
I used this poem at a burial today. We had the right setting with the right people around us and it was the right poem for the time of day. Never ever be afraid to stay with what works. It works for a reason!
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 glints 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 hush
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.