Celebration Words

Celebration Words

Some have asked to have me supply the poems that we used during Bruce Stuart’s funeral service on Tuesday,

LOVE AND GO ON

You can shed tears that he is gone
or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
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 him and only that he’s gone
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
or you can do what he would want:
smile…open your eyes… love and go on.
(David Harkins)

There is a sacredness in tears.

They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.

They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.

They are the messengers of overwhelming grief,

of deep contrition,

and of unspeakable love.

(Washington Irving)

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