Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Anyone know a good non-religious memorial poem?

I go running at a lake near my house. The other day I noticed a laminated sheet of paper attached to a bench along the trail. There was a poem written on it called the Broken Chain (see below). It was obviously posted by someone who had lost their father recently, and it's a nice, inspirational, but very religious poem. I would like to post a reply next to it, consisting of another poem, similar in spirit, but representing a humanist and naturalistic philosophy.

Can anyone help me find such a poem? I certainly don't want to be argumentative or snarky about it, my goal is to show you don't need some silly delusion of being reunited in heaven to show compassion for a dead family member.

Here's the text of the poem:

We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, dad.
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone,
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
the Chain will link again.

Thanks!

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