Saturday, March 20, 2010

Remembrance Poem

It can be hard to decide what to do on the anniversary of a loved one's death. Some people want to treat it as a normal day, others want a memorial service, and the rest of us fall somewhere in between. A helpful practice I've found is to simply light a candle and read a poem of remembrance, either by myself or with others. It is a way of marking the occasion, taking a moment to honor your loved one and the loss you've experienced. I've passed out the following Jewish remembrance to my bereavement clients and to friends and family alike.

We Remember Them- Jewish remembrance

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of the winter,
we remember them.

In the warmth of the sun and the peace of summer,
we remember them.

In the rustling of the leaves and the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.


Julie Logan LCSW said...

I like to spend time during daily prayer and meditation acknowledging the passing of important people in my life, and when I can get home, I visit their graves for grief work.

karen gerstenberger said...

That's beautiful. Thank you for posting it. It reminds me of some Native American prayers.

socialworked said...

Thanks for the comment and the link to the poem!

nechakogal said...

Wonderful poem. Thank you so much for sharing it.