When death strikes..!

AS I heard about Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s death in Tamilnadu, my heart grieved for the people who loved her. One of the saddest sights I’ve seen is when a loved one is carried out of his or her home, dead, cold and lifeless.
Tears flow and sobs rack the air as the body is placed in coffin or funeral bier and taken to crematorium or cemetery. Death is inevitable and nobody can escape this route out of life. We grieve for loved one for days on end and sometimes the ache and sadness never leaves us; it is there forever. I read this beautiful poem the other day and thought it would be balm to many people who miss a loved one sorely:
When you feel a gentle breeze, Touch you when you sigh, It’s a hug sent from heaven, From a loved one way up high. If a soft and tender raindrop, Lands upon your nose, They’ve added a small kiss, As fragile as a rose. If a song you hear fills you, With a feeling of sweet love, It’s a hug sent from Heaven. From someone special up above. If you awaken in the morning., To a sparrow’s chirping song, It’s music sent from Heaven, To cheer you all day long. If tiny little snowflakes. Land upon your face, It’s a hug sent from Heaven, Filled with Angel grace. So keep the joy in your heart, If you’re lonely my dear friend, Hugs that are sent from Heaven. A broken heart will mend!
Aren’t they lovely lines? When my father passed away, my brother, preist spoke at the funeral and his words gave me much comfort; I wish to share them with you: “Imagine,” he said, “a ship leaving the harbor full of people. At the quay, hundreds of friends and relative have come to wish them goodbye and the ship sails away to tearful farewells. It becomes smaller and smaller and finally disappears.
But somewhere across the ocean, another crowd stands at another harbor waiting for the same ship to arrive and as they see the same boat coming closer, there are smiles on their faces and soon hugs and embraces of joy are exchanged with the newly arrived loves ones. So it is with our loved ones; they have left us but have been welcomed into new homes and are happy and joyous where they are now. Is there any need to weep for them?
—Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

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