We must appreciate each day

My heart breaks for my dearest friend who lost her beloved so tragically. I will never find the words to say how much I feel her sadness but can only be there for her whenever she needs me. Death does not always give us the chance to say goodbye.

An Irish Prayer

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that 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 effort
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is 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. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.

Sermon written by Henry Scott Holland


  • Beverley  Johnston
    Beverley John...almost 5 years ago

    Avril this is really beautiful,Beverley

  • A sad time for all and the worst when all is over and the house is empty and life must go on – without the beloved.

    – Avril Brand

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittalmost 5 years ago

    I don’t believe there are more beautiful and heartfelt poems anywhere than the Irish.

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2almost 5 years ago

    aww, beautiful Avril, sorry for you and your friends loss .

  • Jael
    Jaelalmost 5 years ago

    Avril, this is such food for the soul!! And tis true! Love…… :)

  • loralea
    loraleaalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful – I sent it on…………

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 5 years ago

    Avril, I feel for you, the sorry you feel for your friend. Your selection of this poem was most fitting and heart felt. I certainly applied it for myself and perhaps there will be another who needs to read this right now. Thank you sharing with us.

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 5 years ago

    so sorry Avril to hear of your friend’s loss….these are lovely words..