Wednesday, June 30, 2010

 We lost our best friend John to Lou Garrets deasies. They gave him up to three years to live but with Johns courageous spirit he made it five.
 John was truly one of the good guys. He was always there to lend a hand, kids & dogs loved him. John reminded me of Mr. Edwards from "Little House on the Prairie"
 I'm so glad he is not suffering anymore and I know Johns spirit goes on.

This was a poem from his funeral:

When I Must Leave You

"When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
and hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all t the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!"

By Helen Steiner Rice


Twisted Fencepost said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. I am like you in sense that I would rather someone move on to a better place than to be here, suffering.
That is a beautiful poem!

lisa said...

So sorry for your loss. The poem was just beautiful.

Adrienne said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend. So sorry for you loss.

The picture is so peaceful.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss but so thankful for Eternal Life. No more sorrow, pain or tears. HSR's poetry is always wonderful.

Paula said...

What a beautiful poem that is. All I can think of is that John's suffering is gone and his is now with his Amy again. I hope you guys are doing okay. Hard to loose such a good friend.