Prayers & Poems

1. God’s Garden

God looked around his garden,
And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you,
And lifted you to rest,
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He saw the road was getting rough,
And the hills were hard to climb,
So he closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace be thine”.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home


2. Stairway To Heaven

If tears could build a stairwell
and memories were a lane,

I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you home again.

No farewell words were spoken,
no time to say good-bye...

You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.


3. Afer Glow

I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve
to dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.


4. The Best

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be,
so he put his arms around you,
and whispered "Come to me".

With tearful eyes we watched you,
and saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.


5. Mother With A Heart Of Gold (or father)...

We lost a mother with a heart of gold,
How much we miss her can never be told,
She shared our troubles and helped us along,
If we follow her foot steps we will never go wrong.

We miss you from your fireside chair,
Your loving smile and gentle air,
Your vacant place no one can fill,
We miss you mother and always will.

She was a mother so very rare,
Content in her home and always there,
On earth she toiled, in heaven she rests,
God bless you mother you were one of the best.

Each time we look at your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
Don’t be sad but courage take,
And each other for my own sake.


6. Just Around The Corner

Death is nothing at all —I have only slipped away into the next room.
Whatsoever we were to each other, that we are still. 
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used to. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. 

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be the household word that it always was. 
Let it be spoken without effort.
Life means all that it has ever meant.

It is the same as it ever was, 
there is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of your mind because 
I am out of your sight?

I am but waiting for you, for an interval, 
somewhere very near,just around the corner.
All is well.


7. Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee,
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the
hour of our death.


8. Our Mother (or father)

You can only have one mother
Patient, kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.

When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.

As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.

Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.


9. Don't Grieve For Me

Don’t grieve for me,for now I’m free;
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
If my parting has left a void;
Then fill it with remembered joy.

My life’s been full, I savoured much;
Good friends, good times,
a loved one’s touch.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me;
God wanted me now,
He set me free.


10. My Journey

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road
to sweet eternity.

We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
But never meant to stay.

Our destination is a place
far greater than we know,
For some, the journey’s quicker,
For some the journey’s slow.

And when the journey finally ends,
We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.


11. No Tears

Weep not for me
though I am gone
Into the gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul's sweet flight.

There is no need for tears.
I am at peace, my soul is at rest
There is no pain, I suffer not,
For with your love I was so blessed.
I am in a place of comfort
The fear now is gone.

Put those things in your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life.


12. We Hold You Close

We hold you close
Within our hearts,
And there you shall remain,

To walk with us
Throughout our lives,
Until we meet again.

So rest in peace,
Dear …… ( NAME),
And thanks for
All you’ve done.

We pray that God Has given you,
The crown you’ve truly won.


13. They Say There Is A Reason

They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way we feel.

For no-one knows the heartache,
That lies behind our smiles,
No-one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried.

Gone from home that smiling face,
Those cheerful, happy ways,
The heart that won so many friends,
In bygone, Happy days.

We want to tell you something,
So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to be without.

We cannot bring the old days back.
When we were all together,
The family chain is broken now,
But memories live forever.


14. Remembrance (male or female)

You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and
 pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see she has left.

Your heart can be empty
because you can’t see her, or you can be
full of the love you shared.

You can turn
your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow 
because of yesterday.

You can remember
her and only that she’s gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry
and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back,
or you can do what she’d want,
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


15. Softly In The Morning

Softly in the evening (morning),
You heard a gentle call,
You took the hand God offered you,
And quietly left us all.

The day you left us .....,
our hearts just broke in two,
The smallest part is still with us,
And the biggest part with you.

For the rest of our lives we will miss you,
Our secret tears still flow,
Oh, how we really loved you,
No one will ever know.

We miss your smile, your joking ways
We miss the things, you used to say,
And when old times we do recall,
It’s when we miss you most of all.

You were always there when we needed you,
No task too great or small,
With loving heart and willing hands,
For us you did it all.

Look around your garden Lord,
And when he (she) turns and smiles,
Put your arms around him (her),
And hold him (her) for a while.


16. If I Should Go

If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don't you ever cry.

The love that's deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You'll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.


17. Her Journey (or his)

Don’t think of her as gone away,
her journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting
from the sorrow and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort,
where there are no days and years.

Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched,
for nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.


18. Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, 
our sweetness and our hope,
To thee do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve:,
to thee do we send up our sighs,,
mourning & weeping 
in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit 
of thy womb,
Jesus, O merciful, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary!,


19. Miss Me But Let Me Go

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 we once
shared, miss me but let me go.

For this journey we all must take,
and each must go alone.
It’s all part of the Master 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