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0 posted 02-05-2007 06:15 PM       View Profile for ivordavies   Email ivordavies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ivordavies

Last night I wrote a small poem for the front of the 'Order of Service' for Joan's natural dadís funeral.  I was offered the choice of dozens of verses from the undertakerís sheet but none of them seemed quite right.  I think she was a little surprised when I said I would write this myself.

George had been a 'Big Band Singer' and was also the local Bookmaker for several years.  He was born in 1920, married at 55 years old and lost his wife Margaret, who he adored, about six years ago. He had lived with another Margaret for a few years for company and she had had recently moved into a home.  George himself had been fairly ill lately, but was still visiting Margaret everyday, either by driving or walking to the residential home she was in, even at nearly 87 years of age!

His step daughter and his second Margaret's son will both be attending the funeral. His brother did not want it to be announced that he had been the local bookie at the church(old fashioned Welsh values), and both his step daughter and his second Margaretís son will be at the funeral on Friday.

Unlike most poetry which only takes me to put pen near paper to write, this short eulogy took me over two hours to find the words to celebrate his life without offending anybody who knew him, whilst still trying to include his love of music, horses(betting) and lifelong sense of fun.

His final song now at an end.
His final race now won.
A Husband, Father and a Friend
All three rolled into one.
Called now by his maker
Freed from all his pain.
He'll join with all the angels
for a heavenly refrain.

Thank you all who replied on my original post,  I will be posting quite a lot of poetry concerning my feelings on spirituality and the soul, some of which is from our personal experiences.  I know that a lot of you have shared these experiences with us and would offer my thanks for your openness in your responses.


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1 posted 02-05-2007 08:05 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I think you did him proud.  A few years ago, I was asked to give the eulogy of an aunt by marriage.  It was quite a humbling experience.  And one that every person, at some time in their life, would be honored to do, if asked.  

I'm sure George was very pleased, Ivor.

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2 posted 02-06-2007 06:17 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Enjoyed reading this. You did hime proud. martyjo
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3 posted 02-06-2007 08:35 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Very nicely done ... and I *smiled* in gentle remember of having written the sermon for my late mother-in-laws services~

She had a passion for her family and also for the $50.00 betting window at the horse track ... what a joy to have this memory circle back and find me by reading your post~

Blessings to you and to Joan~

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4 posted 02-06-2007 11:47 AM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

So very well done!  I'm sure your wife is deeply touched by your well chosen words in this piece.  Thank you for sharing it.

I spent my birthday a couple years ago writing my mom-in-law's eulogy before the afternoon and evening wake. Condensing her character, as she met life's highs and lows, was a welcomed challenge I was honored to be chosen to do.

God bless,
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