Bereavement is part of life, I realize

I don’t particularly like sharing sad news publicly. But my dad passed away yesterday.

I’m fine. My mother is fine. It was a very peaceful death, at home. He just said he would lie down for a few minutes and then … just … fell asleep and passed away a few minutes later.

I had scheduled a good many posts ahead of Christmas Break. Some of those are still set to go live in the next few days. But I’m also going to schedule poems every day for a while, starting with this one, which is very appropriate.


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.


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24 thoughts on “Bereavement is part of life, I realize”

  1. So sorry for your loss. I am thankful for the consolation of poetry to ease what our hearts cannot put into words of our own.

  2. My condolences for you, your mother and brother.
    I’m wishing you strength and patience, to process the change and deal with all that needs to be dealt with in such circumstances.

  3. I’mn glad it was a peaceful and swift passing, for all your sakes. My condolences to you, your mother and your brother.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. It does sound like not the worst way to go, but that doesn’t make it much easier on those left behind. I wish you and your mom peace and health over the coming weeks and months.

  5. I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts at this difficult time. Hoping you can draw comfort from each other, and the memories you share.

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss, it’s very hard to lose anyone let alone a parent … thank you for sharing the poems. Hugs.

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