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I'll be damned if I'll go through this again. My grandfather just died, and my 80-year old grandmother is going to go through what I've been through. I won't let that happen. Can someone PLEASE send me the poem. It says something like..I'm in the next room.

I'm the oldest and this is my responsibility.

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Mel, dear ~ I'm so sorry . . .

Is this the poem you're looking for?

Death is nothing at all...

I have only slipped away to the next room...

I am I and you are you...

Whatever we were to each, that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name,

Speak it to me in the same way you always used.

Put no difference into your tone,

Wear no false air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effect, without the ghost of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same as it ever was.

There is absolutely unbroken continuity.

What is this death but a negligible accident.

I am but waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner.

All is well.

~ Henry Scott Holland 1847 - 1918

Canon of St Paul's, London

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Mel, I'm sorry...

This is a beautiful reminder that they are but slipped away for a time, then we shall be together again, but meanwhile, they still exist. I draw comfort from knowing that our love never ended even though circumstances have change.

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