Thursday, April 10, 2008

In Loving Memory

Time has knowledge of you and the purpose you serve
It opens up to you, and somehow, impossibly,
Allows you to comfort all those that call on you

You are a birth mother to three,
A surrogate mother to many
To any that need an ear, a shoulder, a loving hand, a loving heart

You are a stellar example of love
Love without question or judgment
So unconditional that it is more of heaven than of earth

You are protected under a shroud of faith that extends to your loved ones
We have nothing to fear
Your direct line to God keeps us safe

Your inner strength and conviction are always present
And exhibited in your posture and way of life
People sense that and are drawn to you

You have the burden of strength
And carry that load with grace and fortitude
Enduring loss and sadness in your life and soaking up the sadness of others

Timeless beauty, classic style, radiant faith
Your aura leaves a lasting impression on the lives and souls
That pass through your life no matter how briefly

You live your life as if your purpose for being
Is to love and to be loved
And you fulfill that purpose with every breath you take

I wrote this for my grandma for her 80th birthday, 4 years ago. My grandma took her last breath on April 9th. I'm not sure of the time, but it was around 3:30 in the morning and she was surrounded by her children. She is now surrounded by those who have gone before her, and her Father. I love you always, Grams.


Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Heather. I am very sorry for you and your family. Please know that we are thinking of you all. Your poem and sadness are tribute to your obvious love for your grandma.


Loth said...

Sorry to hear that, Heather, but there is clearly comfort to be had from a life well lived. None of us can, at the end of the day, hope for more than to be remembered with love and your Grandma clearly is.

Amy said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. This was beautifully written. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

MP said...

Beatiful tribute...I'm sorry for your loss

Texasholly said...

So sweet. I am so sorry.

Damama T said...

Oh, honey. What a beautiful tribute and how wonderful that you gave it while she could still show you how grateful she was for your love, also. She sounds like a remarkable woman. I'm betting that's where you get a large portion of your own remarkable strength and character.

My heart is with you right now. And so is hers - that's the greatest gift she could have ever hoped to give.

Much love and many prayers for your peace in the time to come.

Kathy said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. That was beautifully written though. Hang in there!

Unknown said...

Sorry sweetie!! My grandmother passed away last summer. I know how you are feeling. ((big hugs))

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...


I gave you some bling again today. Hope you are having a better day and that you have had a good time memorializing Grandma Kirby.


Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. I know you will miss her so much.