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Blue Skies

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;

God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow
Peace without Pain.

But God hath promised
Strength for the day
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way

Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love…

O little flower of Jesus

Ever consoling troubled souls with Heavenly Graces,
In your unfailing intercession i place my confident trust.

From the Heart of our Blessed Saviour petition these Blessings of which I stand in greatest need. Shower upon me your promised Roses of Virtue and Grace, dear St. Therese, so that swiftly advancing in sanctity and in perfect love of neighbor, I may someday receive the Crown of Life Eternal.

-St. Therese

To One In Sorrow

Let me come in where you are weeping, friend,
And let me take your hand.

I, who have known a sorrow such as yours,
Can understand.

Let me come in -- I would be very still,
Beside you in your grief;

I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend,
Tears bring relief.

Let me come in -- i would only breathe a prayer,
And hold your hand,

For I have known a sorrow such as yours,
And understand.

When Curtain falls

When through our tears of sorrow
we see a curtain fall,
And know a dearly - loved one
has gone beyond our call,
We must have faith and confidence
in God and in His way,
For he will raise the curtain
on a fairer scene some day.

Unknown Author

God the Creator

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of
all the faithful, grant unto the
souls of Thy servants departed the
remissions of all their sins; that,
by pious supplications, they may
obtain that pardon which they have
always desired. Grant this, O God,
Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

Roman Ritual

May the Angels lead you into Paradise, may the
Martyrs receive you at your coming, and take you to Jerusalem the holy city.

May the choirs of the Angels receive you, and may you with the once poor Lazarus, have rest ever lasting.


We Would Not

We would not have you lack understanding concerning those in the sleep of death, lest you yield to grief like others, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and yet rose, so also will God bring forth with him those who have fallen asleep believing in Jesus.

Resurrection Prayer

Most merciful Father, we commend our departed Into your hands. We are filled with the sure hope that our departed will rise again on the Last Day with all who have died in Christ. We thank you for all the good things you have given during our departed’s earthly life.

O Father, in your great mercy, accept our prayer that the Gates of Paradise may be opened for your servant. In our turn, may we too be comforted by the words of faith until we greet Christ in glory and are united with you and our departed.

Through Christ our Lord.

Psalm 121

I will lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

The 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, i’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun Of happy memories that I leave when life is done

A Flake of Snow

The sting of winter will yield to a softer season that’s near. A snowflake will appear and become apparent for a reason, That before it was not clear.
Falling quietly now in the motionless air, to rest on the earth For an instant, then fade from the form, that carried it there,
It’s gone, where?
Was it as part of the relentless power of the arrangement in time, That would single out of snowflake for a purpose, like mine, To touch the earth for a lifetime, it must be so where did we go?

Alleluia, Alleluia

With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but lifelasting.

Thou only art immortal, who hast created and fashioned man. For our of the earth were we mortals made, and unto the earth shall we return again, as Thou didst command when Thou madest man, saying unto me:

For earth thou art, and unto the earth shall thou return. Whether, also, all we mortals wend our way, making of our funeral dirge the song:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia


The Beatitudes

(Matthew 5:3-10)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted, for the sake of righteousness, for their is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Christ Have Mercy

With the spirits of the righteous made perfect, give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O Saviour; and preserve it in that life of blessedness which is with thee, O thou who lovest mankind.

In the place of Thy rest, O lord, where all thy Saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Thy servant for Thou only lovest mankind.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Thou art our God, who descended into Hell, and loosed the bonds of those who were there, Thyself give rest also to the soul of Thy servant

Now and ever unto ages of ages.


John 14: 1-3

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house are many rooms;
if it were not so, would i have told you that I go and prepare a place for you?

And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where i am you may be also.

Leaf After Leaf

Leaf after leaf,
flower after flower.
Some in the dawn of day,
some in the after hour.
Alive they flourish,
and alive they fall,
and the earth that sustained them
receives them in fall.

Labourer’s Task is Over

Now the labourer’s task is over;
Now the battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now thy servant sleeping,

-John Ellerton

You Loved Her

Father we entrust our sister to your mercy.

You loved her greatly in this life: now that she is freed from all its cares, give her happiness and peace forever.

Welcome her now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


God sees when the footsteps all falter
When the pathway has grown too steep,
Then He touches the weary eyelids
And gives His dear ones sleep.

God the Giver

“Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” St. Matthew, Verse 5
O God, the giver of pardon and lover of human salvation, have mercy on your servant who has departed from this world. May the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, and all your Saints assist this souls in attaining eternal happiness.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God rest in peace.


God made us a family

We need one another
We love one another
We forgive one another
We work together
We play together
We worship together
Together we use God’s word
Together we love all men
Together we serve our God
Together we hope for Heaven
These are our hopes and ideals
Help us to attain them, O God,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Good Morning God

You are usher in another day untouched and freshly new, so here i come to ask you God if you’ll renew me too?
Forgive the many errors, that I made yesterday, and let me try again dear God, to walk closer in Thy way.
But Father, I am well aware I can’t make it on my own. So take my hand and hold it tight for I can’t walk alone.

Romans 14: 7-8

None of us lives unto himself,
and none of us dies to himself.
If we live, we live to the Lord,
and if we die, wee die to the Lord
So then whether we live or
whether we die, we are the Lord’s

Prayer of St. Francis Assisi

Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master; grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Safely Home

I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! But Jesus’ love illumined every dark and fearful glade. And He came Himself to meet me in that way so hard to tread; And with Jesus’ arm to lean on, Could I have one doubt or dread? Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still; Try to look beyond earth’s shadows, Pray to trust our Father’s Will. So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth- You Shall rest in Jesus’ land. When that work is all completed, He will gently all you home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

The Precious Gift

One gift, above all others,
God gives to us to treasure.
One that knows no time, no place,
And one gold cannot measure.

The precious, poignant,tender gift,
Of Memory --- that will keep,
Our dear ones ever in our hearts
Although God gives them sleep.

It brings back long remembered things -
A song, a work, a smile.
And our world’s a better place because
We had them for awhile!

-Jessie H. Fairweather


Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, and sought Thy intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins. My Mother! To Thee I come; before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh Mother of the Word incarnate despise not my petitions, but, in Thy mercy, hear and answer me.


The Miracle of Friendship

There’s a Miracle called “Friendship: that dwells within the hart,
And you don’t know how it happens or when it gets its start…
But the happiness it brings you always gives a special lift, and you realize that “Friendship” is God’s most precious gift!


Music has moments of rapturous sound
And intervals of rest.

It thrills the heart
with its majesty
And soothes it when suppressed.

Life too has ringing,
Throbbing tones
And muted silent keys,

Yet both are merged
at the Master’s touch
Into living symphonies.

-Florence Emeline Wright

Too Little Time

I still find each day too short for
all the thoughts, I want to think,
all the walks, I want to take,
all the books, I want to read, and
all the friends I want to see
The longer I live the more my mind dwells
upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.

-John Burroughs

We Give Them Back

We give them back to you, O Lord, who first gave them to us; yet as you did not lose them in the giving, so we do not lose them by their return…

For what is yours is ours also, if we belong to you. Love is unending, and the boundary of this mortal life is but a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we many see more clearly…

And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us also for a happy place, that we may be with you and with those we loved for evermore.

Treasured Seasons

For everything there is an appointed season,
And a time for everything under heaven-
A time for sharing, a time for caring.
A time for loving, a time for parting.
You have made everything beautiful in its time
For everything You do remains forever.

Lord Support Us

Lord, support us all day long,
until the shadows lengthen and
the evening comes, and the busy
world is hushed, and the fever
of life is over, and our work
is done. Then in thy mercy grant
us a safe lodging, and a holy
rest, and peace at the last.

Thy Faithful People

For Thy faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, and when the house of this life on earth is gone, and eternal home is prepared.
With them, O Lord let us be united, knowing that neither death nor life can separate us from Thy love.

The Hand of God

Though today you walk in sorrow,
You will not be alone.

There is One whose loving wisdom,
Is far greater than our own.

Put your trusting hand in His as a little child would do,
And He like a loving father will guide and comfort you!

Day by day, there will come to you,
New faith, new hope, new light.

You’ll find that stars unseen by day
Shine through the darkest night.

And though your heart is longing,
For the dear one who’s at rest,

You’ll know before the journey’s end
That God’s dear ways are best!

-Jessie Home Fairweather

O’ Gentlest Heart

O gentlest heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls, have mercy on the soul of thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgement but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and do Thou O Merciful Saviour, send Thy Angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace.

Poem for Thy Living

When I am dead,
cry for me a little.
Think of me sometimes,
but not too much.

It is not good for you, or your wife
or your husband, or your children
to allow your thoughts to dwell
too long on the dead.

Think of me now and again as i was
in life at some moment with it
is pleasant to recall.
But not too long.
Leave me in peace as I shall
leave, too, in peace.

While you live, let your thoughts
be with the living.

St. Jude

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolation and the succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly

(make your request here)

And I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity.

St. Jude, Apostle, martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us.

St. Patrick

O great Apostle of Ireland, glorious St. Patrick, to whom under God, so many are indebted for the most precious of all treasures, the great gift of Faith, receive our fervent thanks for the zeal and charity which have been to thousands the source of blessings so invaluable.

Ask for all who dwell in this land and the land of thy labor, the precious light of Faith, and beg us on whom its glorious rays have long since beamed, the grace to regulate our lives by its sacred maxims.

Wings Against Sun

Forever earthbound are my feet,
Upon the rocky road ahead,

But high among the clouds, my thoughts,
And so my heart is comforted.

And if one shoulder aches,
I shift the burden to the other side,

Remembering the time I’ve laughed, and not the ones in which I’ve cried.

Too short indeed these precious years,
To let a dream die needlessly,
Beyond tomorrow there awaits
A time and place designed for me,

And old hopes rising one by one,
Are golden wings against the sun!

-Grace E. Easley

When I Must Leave

When I must leave you for a little while --

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,

But start out bravely with a gallant smile:

And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;

And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky.

Watch thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ, rest your weary ones, pity your dying ones, pity your afflicted ones, and all for your love’s sake!

-St. Augustine

Prayer For The Crucifix

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus while before Your face I humbly kneel and beseech You to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment. While I contemplate, with great love and tender pity, Your five most precious wounds. Pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David, Your prophet, said of You, my Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones.”

Saint John Neumann

Your ardent desire to bring all souls to Christ impelled you to leave home and country. Teach us to live worthily in the Spirit of our baptism, which makes us children of the one heavenly Father. And brother and sister of Jesus Christ, the first-born of the family of God.
Obtain for us that complete dedication to the needy, the weak, the afflicted and the abandoned, which so characterized your life Help us to preserve in the difficult and, at times, painful paths of duty. May death find us on the sure road to our Father’s house with the light of living faith in our hearts.

Hail Mary

Hail mary, Full of grace,
the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women and
blessed is the fruit of thy
womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God.
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.

St. Pucci

We seem to give her back to you, O Lord, who gave her to us. Yet as you did not lose her in giving, so we do not lose her by her return. Not as the world gives, do you give O Lover of souls. What you give you do not take away, for what is yours is ours also if we are yours. And life is eternal and love is immortal and death is only a horizon and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight.

Lift us up, strong son of God that we may see further; cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly; draw us closer to yourself that we may know ourselves to be nearer to our loved ones who are with you. And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place that where you are we may be also.

Days Without End

GOD, Your days are without end, Your mercies beyond counting. Help us always to remember that life is short and the day of our death is known to You alone. May Your Holy Spirit lead us to live in holiness and justice all our days.

Then, after serving You in the fellowship of Your Church, with strong faith, consoling hope, and perfect love for all, may we joyfully come to your Kingdom.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

“We have loved them during life, let us not abandon them, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord”
-St. Ambrose

Christ Have Mercy

With the spirits of the righteous made perfect, give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O Saviour; and preserve it in that life of blessedness which is with thee, O thou who lovest mankind.

In the place of Thy rest, O Lord, where all the Saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Thy servant for Thou only lovest mankind.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

Thou art our God , who descended into Hell, and loosed the bonds of those who were there, Thyself give rest also to the soul of Thy servant now and ever unto the ages.

St. Michael the Archangel

Defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly house,
By the power of God, thrust into hell Satan
and all evil spirits
Who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.


Prayer to Saint Rita

O God, in your infinite mercy you looked with love on your faithful servant Rita and granted through her intercession that which is beyond the power of mankind and the wisdom of this world. Through that love with bound St. Rita to you turn to us in mercy and aid us in our difficulties.

Grant that all may come to know that you alone are the reward of the humble, the protection of the abandoned, and the strength of all those who trust in you.

St. Anne

O Glorious St. Anne, thou art filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer! Heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I therefore cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I recommend to thee. Vouchsafe to recommend it to thy Daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, tso that he may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.

Above all obtain for me the grace of one day to behold my God face to face, and with thee and Mary and the saints to praise and bless Him for all Eternity.

Prayer for the Faithful Departed

O God,
The Creator and Redeemer
Of all the Faithful,
Grant to the Soul
Of Thy Servants departed The remission of all their sins;

That through pious supplications
They may obtain the pardon
Which they have always desired
Who livest and reignest
World without end.
(From the Mass for the Dead)

Let Us Pray

Almighty God, through the death of your Son the cross, you have overcome death for us. Through his burial and resurrection from the dead you have made the grave a holy place and restored to us eternal life. We pray for those who died believing in Jesus and are buried with him in the hope of rising again.

God of the living and the dead, may those who faithfully believed in you on earth praise you forever in the joy of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

St. Anthony

O glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to thy altar with the promise that whosoever visits it for nice consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously invokes thee, will feel the power of the intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to thee.

O powerful Saint, and with a firm home I implore thy aid, thy protection, thy counsel and they blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conductive to my salvation.
Through Christ our Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed by thy name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done on earth
As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom,
And the Power, and the Glory,


Sunny Skies

All sunny skies would be too bright,
All morning hours mean to much light,
All laughing days too gay a strain;
There must be clouds, and night, and rain,
And shut-in days, to make us see
The beauty of life’s tapestry.

Crossing The Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call from me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out
the boudless deep.

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness
of farewell, When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

De Profundis

Thee O Lord: Lord hear my voice. Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities, Lord who shall stand it? For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of Thy law, have I waited for Thee O Lord. My soul hath relied on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord there is mercy and with Him plenteous redemption.

And he shall redeem Israel from all iniquities. Eternal rest grant him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Do Not Stand

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond’s gift of snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the autumn’s gentle rain,
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.

Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there,

I did not die.

Irish Blessing

May the road rise with you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God keep you in the hollow of His hand.

I Corinthians 13:1

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; love
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not
provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity,
but rejoices in the truth; bears all thing, believes all
things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Lay me down to sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul, to keep.

See me safely through the night and

wake me with the morning light.


A Daily Prayer

May He support us all the day long till the shades lengthen and
the evening comes, and the busy
world is hushed, and the fever
of life is over, and our work
is done. Then in thy mercy grant
us a safe lodging, and a holy
rest, and peace at the last.

-Cardinal Newman

Don't quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,
rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns, as everyone of
us sometimes learns,

and many a failure turns about
when he might have won had he stuck it out,

Don't give up though the pace seems slow --
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out --
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you're the hardest hit --
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

God Saw You Getting Tired

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered,
"Come to Me"
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.


Day is done, gone is the sun,
From the lake, from the hill, From the sky.

All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'Neath the sky.

As we go, this we know,
God is nigh.


The Serenity

God grant me the serenity to
accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to
change the things I can,

and the wisdom to
know the difference.

When I Must Leave

When I must leave you for a little while --

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
and hug your sorrow to you through the years,

But start out bravely with a gallant smile:

And for my sake and in my name
live on and do all things the same,

Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near,

And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky.

Do Not Stand

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond's gift of snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the autumn's gentle rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.

Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there,

I did not die.

To everyone at Burton’s:
We would like to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. Firstly, for the care of our son. Secondly for the kindness, compassion and patience of the personnel throughout the entire funeral. Thank you also for the Memorial Service.

January 4, 2019

To the Staff of Burton Funeral Homes and Crematory,
I am so thankful for your kindness and care for my companion and friend. He was not just an ordinary pet he was an extraordinary, local, gentle sweet service dog who helped me with balance and support for almost six years. Thank you for helping us have him close by.

July 28, 2018

Dear Burton family –
We can’t thank everyone enough for making a very difficult time bearable. Everything was absolutely perfect! My dad would be proud and being part of the Ericson/Burton family made me so proud. Everyone kept saying thank God you work for the Burton’s! They really made us feel at ease and truly cared for dad and our whole family. Love and hugs.

Karen – Thanks so much for everything you have done throughout the process of helping us with the accommodations for our loved one. It was a pleasure working with you and Burton Funeral homes.

Best wishes to you and the rest at Burton's. Just wanted to express our sincerest thanks again for all you did. God Bless you all.
April 3, 2018

Everyone we spoke with was extremely helpful, understanding and totally invested in our feelings and emotions.
March 21, 2018

My Family and I want to thank you and your staff, for being so caring. During our time of hurt. It will never be forgotten. We appreciated you coming out on a cold night to deliver my granddaughter’s bead for her necklace. She thanks you too.
December, 2017

Peter –
Thank you so much for helping us navigate mom’s celebration of life. Your presence was greatly appreciated. Truly a professional, compassionate experience.

January 10, 2019

Dear Peter –
My family and I want to thank you for making such a difficult time during our loved one’s death as easy as possible for us.
We appreciated all your ideas and your choices from the clergy to the guitarist. Your entire funeral home staff was so pleasant and helpful.
All the people who attended the services told us how wonderful it was.
Thank you for everything you did for our family.
Sincerely – Carol


We cannot thank you enough for your care, attention and support this past month. We sincerely appreciate your personal and professional courtesy you showed our entire family and we were grateful for your guidance. You made an incredibly difficult time so much less overwhelming. We feel blessed for your role in this life transition.
January 28, 2018

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