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She is Gone

I read this at a funeral recently…


She Is Gone

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

by David Harkins



I'm not sure what to say about myself - I never know what to put here...I'm a fortysomething female, who has a chocolate Labrador called Rosie. I love music, films, photography, walking, and reading.

6 thoughts on “She is Gone

  1. Thank you for sharing this post. It is a beautiful poem, one which has certainly brought comfort to me in dealing with the loss of a dear friend.


  2. Dear Shellie
    I am visiting your blog for the very first time, taking a welcome break from the funeral arrangements Alan and I are currently working on for his Mum’s funeral which is shortly to be held in Surrey. On Sunday we sat down and surfed the net together, to choose an appropriate poem for the service. The one we eventually chose was exactly this one! Seeing it here on your website makes me think that good forces are at work. Or should I say God forces?!
    Best regards, Marion and Alan James


    1. Marion
      I’m glad the poem can help you and Alan at this time. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. I’d say God forces were at work.
      Take care. Sx


  3. My gran and aunty read this at my great grans funeral recently and it brought a tear to my eye i now have it printed by a picture of her, it makes me feel lucky to have known her Thanks x


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