The Light Beyond Helping you through grief and bereavement, one step at a time... Why not visit our site, with its bereavement forum, store, movie and grief library? You can send one of our free sympathy ecards too.
Grief and loss on Squidoo The Light Beyond is now also on Squidoo. Visit our grief and loss lens for further resources, inspiration and help.
Look no further. You have just found the most comprehensive and thoughtful book of sympathy poems, quotes and readings available, with the insights of many of the world's finest authors on life, love and loss. You need never be lost for words again...
You may well have been called upon to write a eulogy or speak at a funeral at very short notice, leaving little time to find a suitable poem or reading, so oureasily navigable book is available for instant download. Whoever you have lost, this book contains the perfect words to help you express your sorrow, pay tribute to your loved one and do justice to a life lived.
The laws of life and death are as they should be; and if death ends my consciousness, still is death good. I have had life on those terms, and somewhere, somehow, the course of nature is justified.
I shall not be imprisoned in some grave where you are to bury my remains. I shall be diffused in great nature: in the soil, in the air, in the water and sunshine, and in the hearts of those who love me, in all the living and flowing currents of the world, though I may never again in my entirety be embodied in a single human being. My elements and my forces go back into the original sources out of which they came, and these sources are perennial in this vast, wonderful, divine cosmos.
John Burroughs (1837-1921)
This is another wonderful funeral reading taken from Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, our book of over 250 poems, quotations and readings for funerals, memorial services, eulogies and inner peace, which contains both religious and secular poems and readings.
Did you know that the famous funeral poem Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep was recently recited by character Mrs. McCluskey in the American television drama Desperate Housewives, episode "Welcome to Kanagawa", first airing on the ABC network January 6, 2008? The modified version is used just before another drama character, Lynette, scatters the ashes of Ida Greenberg on the baseball field where Ida had executed a triple play as a women's professional ballplayer. That version follows:
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints of snow. I am the sunlight in ripened grain I am the gentle autumn’s rain Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I did not die
Green burial is catching on as a relatively new alternative for people who are concerned about the environmental impacts of a traditional burial. In a green burial, the body is placed in a casket made of cardboard or other biodegradable materials, or simply wrapped in a shroud, and then laid to rest in a park or woodland known as a natural burial ground or eco-cemetery. Natural burial grounds generally feature trees or flat stones as grave markers, rather than granite or marble monuments. There are no embalming fluids, metal-and-plastic caskets, or concrete vaults in green burials; thus, they are generally less expensive than traditional burials. For more information, visit www.greenburials.org.
Lucie Storrs The creator behind The Light Beyond, Lucie lives in Italy's wonderful region of Tuscany. This project combines her two passions: the world wide web and helping lots of people!
Nancy Adams Nancy is one of our wonderful writers, drawing upon her own extensive experience of grief and loss. She lives in a truly idyllic, inspiring location at the heart of a forest in Michigan.
You...? Why not share YOUR story with all our readers, so that others can learn and grow from your own experiences of grief and loss? Simply click on one of the Contact Us buttons to send us your story.