Inspiring Poems

A Consoling Famous Death Poem

Death is Nothing At All
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Funeral Death Poem by Henry Scott Holland ~ 1847-1918
Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral ~ London. UK

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2 thoughts on “Inspiring Poems

  1. I love this poem. I really speaks to me , since I’m going to visit my husband’s grave and his family this week.

  2. Thelma – it spoke to me too – it’s a great reminder that our loved ones are truly around us and we need to be ok with speakiing to them. It helps to keep them close to us and alive in our minds. Peace to you.

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