And Then The Sun Came Out…

Most of us, when we attend the funeral of a loved one, even if we don’t believe in the after life, look for a sign that they are still with us. Yes, it might be wishful thinking, but we take comfort in signs, it makes us feel like our loved one is there, looking over us, and death isn’t the full stop at the end of life.

At yesterday’s service, it really felt like there was a sign. It was a freezing cold day, there were even a few wisps of snow, starting to whisper out of the sky, but as soon as the hearse arrived, the sun came out. Without the bitter temperature, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a lovely summer’s day. The sun stayed out, and bright until the curtains were closed at the committal. If there was anyone at that service, looking for a sign, then that would have been all the reassurance they needed.

Here’s an inspiring poem, which I read as part of the service…

When I’m Gone By Mosiah Lyman Hancock

When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile 

Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I’ve had loads of fun 

Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day 

Then forget to grieve for my going
I would not have you sad for a day
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay 

And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best

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