One of our dearest friends has died
He faced a relentless disease with optimism, courage and grace
In the face of a reality that could have been consumed by despair
He rose above, giving and receiving love and support
The disease was transparent as it never obscured
The heart and strength of this man, who lived life to the fullest
From Taoism comes a teaching of the balance of life that holds
Every life is filled with ten thousands joys and ten thousand sorrows
I choose to interpret the teaching as joys abound
And can be found in everyday life, like the small things
That culminate in a friendship that withstands all
It cannot be replaced and will for all time in memory stand
While sorrows are few, as singles, they count in hundred fold
We think of what he would want us to think and it would be
Do not cry because it is over. Smile because it happened
14 thoughts on “Don’t Cry Because It Is Over, Smile Because It Happened”
I am sorry, Barb. Hugs to you and Mick.
Thank you Al.
Your dear friend not only had a good life in no small part due to your and Mick’s friendship, but you also helped Bev have a good death which,too, is a gift.
Hugs to you both
Sally and Gene
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Thank you both for your very kind words.
Barb, we have nevr met you or Mick but have heard much about you over the years from Bev & Pat. You have put this so eloquently and he was so brave and determined throughout this long fight. Thank you. We are off to the airport now to collect Drena & Terry – let’s hope there are lots of smiles!
Dear Alan and Pat, we have heard much about you and know you were with your family in spirit. May you have a good visit and many smiles-because it happened.
I am sorry for your loss Barb.
Thank you Penny
So sorry to hear of your loss Barb – friends are so precious; sounds like he was a special one.Cheryl Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:41:10 +0000 To: email@example.com
Thank you Cheryl.
Beautiful Barb….it was wonderful to spend the day with you and Mick yesterday! Take care…
Thank you Jodi. And it was so good for our hearts for us to spend the day with you.
Barb, this is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Janet.