In loving memory~
Nellie R. O'Neal
April 12, 1939-October 10, 2005
Always in my heart, mom, always~
Death is nothing at all
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Pray, smile, think of me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort;
without the trace of a shadow in it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you somewhere very near.
Henry Scott Holland 1847-1918
Canon of St Paul's Cathedral
Thanks to my bestest friend, Renee, for helping me remember even in your own pain & loss.