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When I am gone(177)

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
 
You mustn't tie yourself to me in tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
 
I gave to you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
 
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I travelled on alone.
 
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
 
It's only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within  your heart.
 
I won't be far away for life goes on,
So if you need me call and I will come.
 
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart you'll hear,
All my love around  you, soft and clear.
 
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and a
‘WELCOME HOME'.

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To have and to hold, and then to part(178)

To have and to hold, and then to part,
Is the greatest sorrow of a broken heart.
Too young to die, too precious to lose,
We had no choice, we couldn't choose.
In thoughts we see you just the same,
With love and pride we speak your name,
You are never more than a thought away;
We love and remember you every day.
Every flower and leaf may wither,
Each evening sun may set
The hearts that loved and lost
Are the ones that will never forget.
I try so hard to hide,
Some people say as time goes by
The heartache will subside.
But the feelings in our hearts today
Are the same as the day you died.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
Your parting caused such pain
But the greatest day has yet to come,
When we will meet again.

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Look for me in rainbows(071)

Time for me to go now, I won’t say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, way up in the sky.
In the morning sunrise when all the world is new,
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.
 
Time for me to leave you, I won’t say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, high up in the sky.
In the evening sunset, when all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me, and I’ll be close to you.
 
It won’t be forever, the day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you, when we meet again.
 
Time for us to part now, we won’t say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, shining in the sky.
Every waking moment, and all your whole life through
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.
 
Just wish me to be near you,
And I’ll be there with you.
 
Vicki Brown

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A loved one never leaves you(163)

A loved one never leaves you,
They're never far away.
They watch you from a distance
And guide you every day.
They do become your angel
And look down from above.
A loved one never leaves you
Because you always have their love.

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One At Rest(266)

Think of me as one at rest, for me you should not weep.
I have no pain, no troubled thoughts for I am just asleep.
The living, thinking me that was, is now forever still
And life goes on without me now, as time forever will.

If you heart is heavy now because I’ve gone away,
Dwell not long upon it, friend, for none of us can stay.
Those of you who liked me, I sincerely thank you all
And those of you who loved me, I thank you most of all.

And in my fleeting lifespan, as time went rushing by
I found some time to hesitate, to laugh, to love, to cry.
Matters it now if time began if time will ever cease?
I was here, I used it all and now I am at peace.  

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They say there is a reason(076)

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 beyond our smiles,
No one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried.
 
We want to tell you something,
So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to do without.
 
You gave us years of happiness,
Then sorrow came with tears,
You left us lovely memories,
We will treasure through the years.

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They say there is a reason(017)

They say there is a reason.
They say that time will heal,
But neither time or 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.
 
We want to tell you something,
So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to do without.
 
There is no night without a dawning,
No Winter without a Spring,
And beyond death’s dark horizon,
Our hearts once more will sing.
 
For those who leave us for a while,
Have only gone away
Out of a restless careworn world,
Into a “Brighter day”.

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Prayer of St. Patrick(101)

I bind to myself to God’s power to guide me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to teach me, God’s eye to watch over me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to shelter me, God’s host to secure me... Against the snares of demons, against the seductions of vices, against the lusts of nature, against everyone who mediates injury to me, whether far or near, few or many.

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My Precious Child(109)

There’s not a day that passes
That I don’t sit and cry,
And look to Heaven for a reason
But still I don’t know why.
 
Couldn’t he have waited
Another year or two,
Until you were a little older
And I’d had more time with you.
 
Forgive me, Lord, I then say,
All these thoughts are wrong,
There had to be a reason,
And I know I must be strong.
 
You’re in the arms of Jesus now
And I know that you’ll be fine,
But I wish with all my heart,
That those arms could be mine.

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Now I am Contented(060)

Now I am contented,
That my life it was worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way,
I made somebody smile.

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Rest in Peace (Irish Version for Woman)(078)

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

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Footprints in the sand(019)

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened
at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, You said that once I decided to follow You,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that
during the most troublesome times of my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when I needed You most You would leave me?”
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child.
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was when I carried you.” 
 
Author unknown.

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We miss your smile(236)

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

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Life is an opportunity(172)

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realise it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.


- Mother Theresa -  

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I am writing this from Heaven(029)

I am writing this from Heaven,
Where I dwell with God above,
Where there’s no more tears or sadness,
There is just eternal love.
 
The day I had to leave you,
When my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me,
And said ‘I welcome you’.
 
Please do not be unhappy,
Just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I’m with you,
Every morning, noon and night.
 
But one thing is for certain,
Though my life on earth is over,
I am closer to you now,
Than I ever was before.
 
When you are walking down the street,
And you’ve got me on your mind,
I’m walking in your footsteps,
Only half a step behind.
 
And when you feel that gentle breeze,
Or the wind upon your face,
That’s me giving you a great big hug,
Or just a soft embrace.

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I'd like the memory of me(021)

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.

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Until we meet again (Irish Version)(080)

Beannachtaí libh go bhfeictear arís sibh

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Rest in Peace (Irish Version Plural for Man and Women)(079)

Ar dheis Dé go raibh siad

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Timothy(229)

I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the
crown of righteousness.


2 Timothy 4:7-8

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Miss Me, But Let Me Go(042)

Now I have come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me.
I want no tears 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 is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of God’s own 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.

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God grant me the serenity(073)

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference.

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Our father was a farmer(263)

Our father was a farmer,
His heart was in the soil
It’s there he found his solace,
Among the grimy toil.
He planted the seed in springtime,
The spuds, the beans, the hay,
He prayed that God would bless them,
A harvest, Lord, he prayed.
He tilled and cultivated them,
Provided the most tender care,
Believed that come October,
He’d reap a harvest fair.
Blue skies were his cathedral,
A tractor, his altar of prayer,
God met him in the hayfields,
They had communion there.
Our father was a farmer
That’s all he ever was.
The values that the land taught him,
He handed down to us.
We loved our farmer father -
We’re thankful, he was ours,
We pray that God will bless him,
Today and for all time.

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When tomorrow starts without me(123)

When tomorrow starts without me
and I'm not here to see...
If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today...
While thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you...
And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me, too.
But when tomorow starts without me, please try and understand...
An angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said my place was ready, in Heaven far above...
And that I have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart...
For every time you think of me I'm right here in your heart.

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God’s Garden(049)

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 knew that you were suffering.
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
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.

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A Place Where Children Are(185)

What kind of place would heaven be with all its streets of gold,
if all the souls, that dwell up there like yours and mine, were old?
How strange would heaven’s music sound when harps begin to ring,
if children were not gathered ‘round to help the angels sing.
The children that God sends to us are only just a loan,
He knows we need their sunshine to make the house a home.
We need the inspiration of a baby’s blessed smile.
He doesn’t say they’ve come to stay, just lends them for a while.
Sometimes it takes them years to do the work for which they come.
Sometimes in just a month or two our Father calls them home.
I like to think some souls up there bear not one sinful scar.
I love to think of heaven as a place where children are.

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Lord, grant me the serenity (052)

Lord, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference,
living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship and suffering as a pathway to peace.
 
Heal me in my woundedness,
Comfort me in my pain,
Touch me in my loneliness,
Strengthen me in my weakness.
 
May your power working in me do infinitely more than I can ask or image.
 
This, I pray with faith through Christ our Lord.
 
Amen.

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In dreams we see his smiling face(010)

In dreams we see his smiling face,
And kiss his tender brow,
But in our aching hearts we know,
We have no father now.
 
The voice is now silent,
The heart is now cold,
The smile and the welcome,
That met us of old.
 
We miss him and mourn him,
In sorrow unseen,
And dwell on the memories,
Of days that have been.
 
Lonely is the home without you,
Life to us is not the same,
All the world would be like Heaven
If we could have you back again.
 
In tears we watched you sinking,
We watched you fade away,
And though our hearts were breaking,
We knew you could not stay.
 
You left behind some aching hearts,
That loved you most sincere,
We never shall, and never will,
Forget you father dear.

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Boxers Prayer(228)

I ask you not for victory...
for somehow, that seems wrong,
but only for protection,
and the courage to be strong.
 
Strength not to conquer
but just that I'll fight well
and prove myself a sportsman
at the final bell.
 
And if by chance, he floors me
and the canvas I should meet
like Simon of Cyrene
Please help me to my feet.
 
Please help me to go the distance,
through rounds with danger rife,
not only in the boxing ring,
but in the larger ring of life.

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Togetherness(011)

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Whatever 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.
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 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.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it
was before - only better, infinitely happier
and forever - we will all be one
together with Christ.

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Rest in Peace (Irish Version for Man)(077)

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

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Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes(268)

O Holy Virgin,
in the midst of your days of glory,
do not forget the sorrows
of this earth.
Cast a merciful glance upon
those who are suffering,
struggling against difficulties,
with their lips constantly pressed
against life’s bitter cup.
Have pity on those who love
each other and are separated.
Have pity on our rebellious hearts.
Have pity on our weak faith.
Have pity on those who weep,
on those who pray, on those who fear.
Grant hope and peace to all.

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Butterfly Kisses(270)

Don’t cry for me please don’t be sad
Hold on to the memories of the times we both had
Don’t dwell on dark thoughts hold on tight to your wishes
Sending you hugs and butterfly kisses.
 
I walk beside you I am there all day long
I am right here but you think I am gone
You don’t see me but I can see you
What ever the problems I will help get you through
 
I am the wind in your hair the sand in your toes
Butterfly kisses that you feel on your nose
I am with you at sunrise and in sunset
But you can’t see me is my one regret.
 
I sit right beside you when you are sad
As you look through the photos of times we both had
I watch you sleeping I hold you so tight
Before I go I kiss you goodnight.
 
I will watch over you from heaven above
Forever you will be my one true love
Hold on to your dreams and all your wishes
Sending you hugs and butterfly kisses.

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