For many years the family chain
Was closely linked together
But oh, that chain is broken now
The main link gone forever
The sunshine of our happy home
Must always clouded be
But thou, O Lord has sent this cross
We bear it all for thee

There is no night without a dawn
No winter without a spring
And beyond death's dark horizon
Our hearts once more will sing
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless careworn world
Into a brighter day

They say it's a beautiful journey
From the old world to the new
Someday we'll make that journey
Which will lead us straight to you
And when we reach that garden
In which there is no pain
We'll put our arms around you
And never part again
A loving father most sincere
Loved by all he knew
He loved us all so very dear
And we all loved him too
But God in His mercy will give us hope
And help us bear the strain
Of the one we cherished, loved and lost
To meet in Heaven again
God gave us strength to bear it
And courage to fight the blow
What it has meant to lose you
God alone will ever know
May the God of love and mercy
Care our loved one who is gone
And bless with consolation
Those left to carry on
A light from our family has gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in our home
No-one can ever fill
God knew that you were weary
The hill is hard to climb
So He put His arms around you
And whispered "peace be thine"
God saw you getting weary
And did what He thought best
He put His arms around you
And took you home to rest
It seems so strange that those we need
And those we love the best
Are just the ones God calls away
And takes them home to rest
Two tired eyes are sleeping
Two willing hands are still
The one who worked so hard for us
Is resting at God's will
The blow was hard, the shock severe
To part with one we loved so dear
Our loss is great, we'll not complain
But trust in God to meet again
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May you walk in God's garden
And his love around you flow
For what it meant to lose you
No-one will ever know
At Heaven's gates she will be waiting
With that same sweet loving smile
For she is gone before us
Just a little while
Fold her, O Jesus, in thy arms
And let her henceforth be
A messenger of love between
Our human hearts and thee
The happy hours we once enjoyed
How sweet their memory still
But death has left a vacant place
This world can never fill
Gone is the face we love so dear
Gone is the voice we loved to hear
Too far away for touch or speech
But not to far for love to reach
What he suffered he told but few
He did not deserve what he went through
Tired and weary he made no fuss
But tried so hard to stay with us
No farewells were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew
And only God knows why
May she rest in peace dear Jesus
In the Heavenly home above
With the sacred heart of Jesus
In His own eternal love
If I listen really close
In the silence of the night
I hear your voice to comfort me
And say that you're all right
But it's often hard to understand
Why certain things must be
And the reasons why they happen
Are so often hard to see
But I find comfort in the knowledge
That God is always there
To keep the one I loved so much
Forever in His care
I watched you suffer
I saw you die
But all I could do was sit close by
You went away, we had to part
God eased your pain
But broke my heart

We sit and think of you
And think of how you died
To think you could not say goodbye
Before you closed your eyes
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We never said goodbye to you
But that was just as well
We never could have said goodbye
To one we loved so well
Your life was love and labour
Your love for your family true
You did your best for all of us
We will always remember you
Your painful days are over
Your sleepless nights are through
For heaven has called an angel
An angel as brave as you
You slipped away
We had to part
God eased your pain
But broke my heart
Weep not for me but courage take
And love each other for my sake
As time goes by and you grow older
My hand will rest upon your shoulder
We lost a mother with a heart of gold
How much we miss her can never be told
She shared our troubles, and helped us along
If we follow her footsteps, we will never go wrong
God lends our loved ones to us only for a while
We share some time together
A laugh, a tear, a smile
And then before we know it
A lifetime has unfurled
Then He takes them back again
To another world
But God is never selfish
He nurses them with love
‘Till the day we meet them once again
In His garden up above
Jesus said, "come to me,
all of you who are weary and burdened
and I will give you rest
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me
for I am gentle and humble in heart
And you will find rest for your souls"
How dearly we loved you
And prayed that you might live
But Jesus just beckoned
And we had to give
O for a closer walk with God
A calm and Heavenly frame
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!
Face to face! O blissful moment
Face to face to see and know
Face to face with my Redeemer
Jesus Christ who loves me so
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Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast
But sweeter far, thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest
I came to Jesus as I was
Weary and worn and sad
I found in Him a resting place
And He has made me glad
Eternal rest give unto him O Lord
And let your perpetual light shine upon him
May he rest in peace
I heard the voice of Jesus say
"Come unto Me and rest
Lay down, thou weary one
Lay down thy head upon my breast"
In Gods care you sleep above
In our hearts you stay with love
Our's is just a simple prayer
God bless and keep you in His care
We sat beside your bedside
Our hearts were crushed and sore
We did our duty to the end
‘Til we could do no more
In tears we watched you sinking
We watched you fade away
And though our hearts were breaking
We knew you could not stay
You left behind some aching hearts
That loved you most sincere
We never shall and never will
Forget you, mother dear
She gently took death by the hand
And journeyed to that Promised Land
And there with steps so light and gay
She shines and polishes the sun by day
And lights the stars that shine by night
And keeps the moonbeams silvery bright
For mothers never really die
They just keep house up in the sky
And in that Heavenly home above
They wait to welcome those they love
To those that I love and must leave behind
Do not cry for me when these words you find
When I am gone and free, just let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that we had so many years
I fall sleep in the full and certain hope that
my slumber shall not be broken
And that, though I be all-forgetting
Yet shall I not be all-forgotten
But continue that life in the thoughts
and deeds of those I have loved
All our lives we'll miss him
All our lives we'll care
There's a special place within our hearts
And you'll be forever there
At Heavens gates she will be waiting
With that same sweet loving smile
For she is gone before us
Just a little while
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then
Again I would spend them with you
If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

Through veils of peace may you ascend
To promised planes above
Where comfort shall await you
In those summerlands of love
Although my grief is deep and raw
Although my pain is great
I know that you are still with me
I know that you will wait
For in God's time we'll meet again
Of this I am quite sure
I loved you so much on this earth
In absence even more
With tears we saw you suffer
As we watched you fade away
Our hearts were almost broken
As you fought so hard to stay
We knew you had to leave us
But you never went alone
For part of us went with you
The day you left your home

Those who loved can truly tell the heartache
of parting without farewell

Heavenly Father hear our prayer
Guide our Father with tender care
Dear shepherd don't leave him alone
Love him in heaven
As we do at home
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Four Short Verse Examples

I watched you suffer
I saw you die
But all I could do was sit close by
You went away, we had to part
God eased your pain
But broke my heart
What child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping
Goodbye my family, my life is past
I loved you all to the very last
Weep not for me, but courage take
Love each other for my sake
For those you love don't go away
They walk beside you every day
It doesn't need a special day
To bring you to my mind
For days without a thought of you
Are very hard to find

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