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Poem to remember those who died

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Created on: 05/02/10 09:39 PM Views: 23245 Replies: 12
Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I was viewing someone's site and they had a beautiful poem about those who passed away. I can't find it. It was quite long but very beautiful. If anyone remembers the poem would you kindly send it to me? My DVD is done and it turned out great, thanks to all the great ideas everyone contributed.
Thanks in advance.


Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM - Response #1

Here's the poem I have on my site. I hope you like it.


When I come to the end of the road

and the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom filled room,

why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little...but not too long,

and not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love that was once shared,

miss me...but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take

and each must go alone.

It's all part of the Master's plan,

a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart

go to the friends we know,

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me...but let me go.

George R. Monseur

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 12:38 AM - Response #2

I have this poem on my site.

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 6:24 PM - Response #3

Here is the one we are using...hope this is helpful.

"I'm Free"

I could not stay another day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play,
tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
ah yes, these things,I too,shall miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
don't lengthen it now with undue grief,
lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He's set me free.

No matter how brief it may seem
Each Life is purposed by God!
May we use our days to accomplish that purpose.
When He welcomes us Home,
May He say, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant."

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8:46 PM - Response #4

Thank you, it's beautiful.

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8:48 PM - Response #5

Thank you for the beautiful poem.

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8:49 PM - Response #6

Thank you, another beautiful poem.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 2:52 AM - Response #7

Yet another... non-denominational and very nice, original source unknown...

Native American Prayer

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 awake in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
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.

Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still - in each new dawn.

(we have other poems on our Memory page. Perhaps they may be what you are looking for, an eclectic compilation from all places virtual and generous others! Thanks!kris)

Edited 05/04/10 3:07 AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 9:42 PM - Response #8

Poem that I found and we plan on using during our deceased classmate tribute:


We gather here, a class once more
To reminiscence, like years before
Upon the days and joys we knew
Before our school-aged time was through
Yet, as we meet, with memories near
We think of those, always held dear -
Our friends and classmates, passed away
To be with God, and enjoy their day.

They sit at desks, resting on clouds
Surrounded by angelic crowds
Where they shall be forevermore
The friends and schoolmates we adore
They’ll be with us in every prayer
Until the day, we join them there
Within the walls of Heaven’s class
Where friendships formed shall always last.

Until that hour, when we join again
An empty chair, we will maintain
In honor of the life-long bond
We forged with those, now passed beyond
The friends with whom we learned life’s truth
Whose bonds lasted far from our youth
And shall remain forever near
When we gather, from year to year.

–   Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 8:18 PM - Response #9

This is the one I was looking for. Thank you posting it. I will use the others in the video. Everyone is so helpful on here and it's so much fun to see everyone's creative ability.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 6:36 PM - Response #10

Desert Dog,
The poem was beautiful and your Memory page is great. The slide shows are excellent and the music was outstanding!
Thank you also for an idea, essentially from the poem that we will use to commemorate those friends and classmates no longer with us in body,but present in spirit.
As in the Military,in every chow hall, and at ceremonies, we will include The Missing Man/Woman/Classmate tradition,steeped in tradition and deep in meaning.
Thanks for helping me with our reunion details!

It reads as follows:
"Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony"


As you entered the dining area, you may have noticed a table at the front, raised to call your attention to its purpose -- it is reserved to honor our missing loved ones [or missing comrades in arms, for veterans].

Set for six, the empty places represent Americans still [our men] missing from each of the five services -- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard – and civilians. This Honors Ceremony symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit.

Some [here] in this room were very young when they were sent into combat; however, all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call [to serve] and served the cause of freedom in a special way.

I would like to ask you to stand, and remain standing for a moment of silent prayer, as the Honor Guard places the five service covers and a civilian cap on each empty plate.

Honor Guard: (In silence or with dignified, quiet music as background, the Honor Guard moves into position around the table and simultaneously places the covers of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, and a civilian hat, on the dinner plate at each table setting. The Honor Guard then departs.)


Please be seated ....... I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.

The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.

The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and the[ir] loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.

A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share this evening's [morning’s/day’s] toast.

The chairs are empty -- they are missing.

Let us now raise our water glasses in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them.


1. A small, round bistro table
2. White tablecloth
3. Single place setting, preferably all white
4. Wine glass - inverted
5. Salt shaker
6. Slice of lemon on bread plate with a pile of spilled salt
7. Small bud vase with a single stem red rose
8. RED ribbon tied around the vase
9. Candle - lit
10. Empty chair

Artwork: AII POW-MIA Text Credit: National League of Families

Edited 05/06/10 6:39 PM
Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 12:33 AM - Response #11

Thank you Kris!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM - Response #12

To each of you who responded to this thread THANK YOU! I am not the one who asked, but thought I would take a look. Glad I did. What great ideas!!

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