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Poems & Verses For Memorial Cards

Footprints
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 time 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 in 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 in 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 son, my precious child,
I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering, when you see
only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

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 loved one,
And thanks for all you’ve done,
We pray that God has given you,
The crown you’ve truly won.

When God was making Mothers
When God was making Mothers
He must have made a fuss
He spent a lot of time on one
And gave that one to us.
Of all the gifts in life
However great or small,
To have you as our Mother
Was the greatest gift of all.
Because you were so special
No words could ever say
How much we love and miss you
Today and every day.

Joyce Kilmer
The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honoured dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn
graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and
fought the fight.
Through flying lead and
crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom
and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie
beneath this sod,
Who went through fire
and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . .
Who brought a sword.

Lonely Is The Home
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.
A light from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.
May the God of Love and Mercy,
Care for our loved one who is gone,
And bless with consolation,
Those left to carry on.
The happy hours we once enjoyed,
How sweet their memory still,
But death has left a vacant place,
This world can never fill.
How dearly we loved you,
And prayed you might live,
But Jesus just beckoned,
And we had to give.
God gave us strength to bear it,
And courage to fight the blow,
What it has meant to lose you,
God alone will never know.

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.
We want to tell you something,
So there wont 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 will live forever.
Author: Unknown

To My Dear and Loving Husband
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor aught by love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way reply;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more we may live ever.
Anne Bradstreet

Along The Road
Along the road to yesterday,
That leads me straight to you,
Are memories of happy days,
Together we once knew.
A silent grief that’s in our hearts,
No human eye can trace,
For many a broken heart is hid,
Behind a smiling face.
A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.
May the God of love and mercy,
Care for our loved one who is gone,
And bless with consolation,
Those left to carry on.
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.

Along The Road
Along the road to yesterday,
That leads me straight to you,
Are memories of happy days,
Together we once knew.
A silent grief that’s in our hearts,
No human eye can trace,
For many a broken heart is hid,
Behind a smiling face.
A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.
May the God of love and mercy,
Care for our loved one who is gone,
And bless with consolation,
Those left to carry on.
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.

Funeral Blues
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West.
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
W. H. Auden

My Mother’s Garden
My Mother kept a garden,
A garden of the heart.
She planted all the good things
That gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine
And encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rains came
She protected me enough,
But not too much, she knew I’d need
To stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example
Always taught me right from wrong –
Markers for my pathway
That will last a lifetime long.

I am my Mother’s garden,
I am her legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love
Reflected back from me.

Songs of the Death of Children
You must not shut the night inside you,
But endlessly in light the dark immerse.
A tiny lamp has gone out in my tent—
I bless the flame that warms the universe.
Friedrich Ruckert

Turn Again to Life
If I should die and leave you here a while,
be not like others sore undone,
who keep long vigil by the silent dust.
For my sake turn again to life and smile,
nerving thy heart and trembling hand
to do something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
and I perchance may therein comfort you.
Mary Lee Hall

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow Love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may seek not so much
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

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.

Memories

Distance takes us far apart 
And darkness marks my today
I have to keep remembering
You’re just a thought away
When the world is too confusing
And times are hard to bear
I pull your precious meaning
Your bright spirit from the air
If I sometimes drift into 
A lonely state of mind
I gather up the memories 
Of days we left behind
And though you’re not beside me
I can tap into my heart
And draw upon the warmth and love 
That lives when we’re apart
And with these fond reflections 
On the times when you were near
I sense a little bit of what it’s 
like to have you here.
 
 A Bouquet Of Memories
A bouquet of beautiful memories,
Sprayed with a million tears,
Wishing God could have spared you,
If just for a few more years.
It does not take a special day,
For us to think of you,
Each mass we hear, each prayer we say,
Is offered up to you.
We cannot bring the old days back,
When we were all together.
The family chain is broken now,
But memories live forever.
May he rest in peace, dear Jesus,
In Thy Heavenly home above,
With the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
In His own eternal love.
Along the road to yesterday,
That leads us straight to you,
Are memories of happy days,
Together we once knew.
A silent grief that’s in our hearts,
No human eye can trace,
For many a broken heart is hid,
Beneath a smiling face.
Contented
Now I am contented 
That my life it was worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way 
I made somebody smile.
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 face the gentle breeze
Or the wind upon your face,
I’m giving you a great big hug
Or just a soft embrace.
So please don’t be unhappy,
Just because I’m out of sight,
Remember that I’m with you,
Every morning, noon and night.
 

The Road To Eternity

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

My Rosary

What comfort just to clasp it,
My Rosary so dear;
Each mystery brings fresh courage
And drives away all fear.
In prayer so oft repeated,
Yet never growing old,
I read the wondrous story,
Of God’s own love untold.
Each chaplet forms a garland,
To place at Mary’s feet;
Fair buds and full-bloom roses,
Exhaling fragrance sweet.
The Crucifix which crowns it
Reminds me day by day,
To bravely bear my crosses,
Along earth’s rugged way.
I hope when life is ended,
And death shall set me free 
Still twined around my fingers, 
My Rosary Beads shall be.
 
Reflections
Distance takes us far apart 
And darkness marks my today
I have to keep remembering
You’re just a thought away
When the world is too confusing
And times are hard to bear
I pull your precious meaning
Your bright spirit from the air
If I sometimes drift into 
A lonely state of mind
I gather up the memories 
Of days we left behind
And though you’re not beside me
I can tap into my heart
And draw upon the warmth and love 
That lives when we’re apart
And with these fond reflections 
On the times when you were near
I sense a little bit of what it’s 
like to have you here.
 

Rose Beyond The Wall
A rose once grew where all could see,
Sheltered beside a garden wall.
And, as the days passed swiftly by,
It spread its branches, straight and tall…

One day, a beam of light shone through,
A crevice that had opened wide
The rose bent gently toward it’s warmth,
Then passed beyond to the other side…

Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
Be comforted the rose blooms there
Its beauty even greater now,
Nurtured by God’s own loving care.

Gone From Our Home
Gone from our home that smiling face,
The cheerful happy ways, 
The heart that won so many friends,
In bygone happy days,
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 dreams we see her (his) smiling face,
And kiss her (his) tender brow,
But in our aching hearts we know,
We have no mother (father) now.
The voice is now silent, 
The heart now cold,
The smile and the welcome 
That met us of old,
We miss her (him) and mourn her (him) 
In sorrow unseen,
And dwell on the memory 
Of days that have been.

Heart Of Gold
We lost a father (mother) with a heart of gold,
How much we miss him (her) can never be told.
He (She) shared our troubles and helped us along.
If we follow his (her) footsteps, 
We can never go wrong.
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We miss you from your fireside chair,
Your loving smile and gentle air.
Your vacant place, no one can fill,
We miss you father (mother) and always will.
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He (She) was a father (mother) so very rare,
Content in his (her) home and always there.
On earth he (she) toiled, in Heaven he (she) rests,
God bless you father (mother),
You were one of the best.
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Each time we look at your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
Don’t be sad, but courage take,
And love each other for my sake.
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O Sweet Jesus, for the sake of 
Thy Bitter Passion and the 
sorrow of Thy Immaculate Mother, 
have mercy on his (her) soul; and let the light 
of Thy Countenance shine upon him (her). Amen.
 
If I Should Go Tomorrow
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.
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