Death Is Not A Bad Thing… But A Joyous Thing

Title Quote: Abraham-Hicks

Why is it we all grieve
When someone passes on?
We’re just not connected to our truth
When we believe that they are gone

We’re taught as we grow up
That physicality is all we are
Limiting our perceptions
Blocking assistance from afar

In truth we are all Spirits
Whether here or on another plane
On Earth we live our lives
For the experiences we gain

Over there time is not measured
There are no limits to believe
We are One always together
There is no reason to grieve

Just because we cannot see them
Doesn’t mean they are not there
Our thoughts of love bind us together
All the treasured memories we share

Death is not a bad thing
We all make the transition home one day
But a joyous thing when we discover
Heaven is not so far away

Trina Graves – 16th November 2016


About This Poem

None of us want our loved ones to die and the majority of us grow up with a dread of this event happening to ourselves or anyone we know. However, all of this worry and heartache is only caused by our perception of death.

If we could only perceive and live as our true selves: Spiritual Beings Of Love & Light, Here To Experience Life, with no limits of self-doubt, separation and time, we would fully appreciate the death experience as we move ever onward on our Divinely Joyous journey. 

Abraham-Hicks also teach that we all choose the time of our death, whether this is at a grand-old age of 100 plus, an adult, child, baby or even stillborn. There are many reasons for the chosen length of time we might be physically in this world for this present life, and one day we will know the answers.

Death Is Not A Bad Thing - sympathy poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

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We Only Part To Meet Again (1)

Title Quote: John Gay

When my time comes to leave
I really do truly believe
The goodbyes may be hard, but then
We Only Part To Meet Again

I will leave my overcoat behind
No use to me anymore because I’ll find
Expansion, Freedom, Unlimited Love
When my Spirit is released to the up above

It might be easier for you to think of me
As gone on a journey across the sea
To a far away land as in times gone by
Before inventions enabled us to fly

Although we won’t be able to phone
You can still reach me when you’re alone
In Love and Peace, Uplifted in your heart
It will be as though we were never apart

Have an Uplifted Open mind and I’ll be there
The Energy of Love means we can share
Think of what to say to me and you will find
I can talk to you through thoughts in your mind

Remember me by the love we shared
And know for you I always deeply cared
Our love goes on through all Eternity
So together forever we will always be

Trina Graves – 24th November 2016


About The Poem

I love to write uplifting sympathy poems as I have no doubt whatsoever that we continue on, so I want to share my beliefs with whoever is drawn to my words. None of us know when our last breath will be (in this life) and so I also want to leave words of love and spiritual wisdom for my family and friends when my time comes to go home. This quote from John Gay (1695 – 1732) fitted perfectly for my more personal words.

I write poems using quotes for my Spiritual Quotes To Live By website and sometimes after finishing a poem I know there is more for the quote and write another, which is why the title has a (1). I will share the other poem at a later date.

We Only Part To Meet Again - sympathy poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

Love Is Eternal

Our lives are blessed with loved ones
Which makes it harder to bear
When they are taken from our sides
And are no longer there

We miss their smile, their warmth, their love
And sink deeper into our grief
We’re told that time will heal the pain
But still there is no relief

At quiet times we may feel their presence
But pass it off with a rebuff
We think that our minds are playing tricks
As if we’re not suffering enough

The key to it all is an ‘open mind’
With this you’ll know the way
If your mind is open you’re willing to be
Ready to accept miracles each day

Our loved ones are not that far away
Although it can be hard to believe
Just reach out with your thoughts and love
And be open for the gifts you’ll receive

Love is eternal it never dies
When we pass, it’s all that we can take
The love we share is never lost
The bond will never break

Trina Graves – 7th October 2001


About This Poem

Love Is Eternal was my very first attempt at writing a sympathy poem. It was also the first poem I intentionally wrote. I have always been drawn towards sympathy poems, not because of the loss of anyone close, but because I find most of them to be so uplifting. Looking back now, I can also see that this was part of my life path.

In January 1992 an uncle died. He was my mother’s oldest sister’s husband, and as I grew up he seemed to me to be a dominant man with old fashioned views of women. However, a few years before he died I spent some time working with him (my father had his own business, I worked in the office and my uncle helped out in establishing the marketing) and got to know a different side of his character. Now, I easily see where his views on women came from, as along with it being an older generations views, he only had the experience of brothers and sons. 

At the get-together after his funeral there were two printed out poems that were passed around, I read them and liked them so kept a copy. They were: I Am Standing On The Sea Shore (Luther F. Beecher, but often credited to Bishop Brent) and Death Is Nothing At All (Henry Scott Holland).

I read these many times and found them so uplifting that I began to look for more inspirational words, quotes and poems. And I started to write them all down in a special notebook with my favourite family photos on the inside covers. Thus began my quest on my spiritual path, that would lead me to begin my Spiritual Quotes To Live By website in 2010 and to write my own poems.

It is only in writing this now that I have realized: the influence he had on my life while he was alive was small, but since his passing, it has launched me to where I am today, because he also gave me a message in 1994 (through a medium) which has greatly affected my writing. You can read more about this with my poem: ‘Insight.‘  I think I should point out that he was not a ‘Spiritual’ man during his life, at least, not that I knew of.

How do you view sympathy poems? Are they something you only read when a loved one has passed or missed? Or, like me, do you find them uplifting and reassuring to speak of life continuing on?

part of sympathy poem 'Love Is Eternal' by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
Granddaughters Jessica & Lucy

Stillborn

The devastation that you bear
Causing your heart to rip and tear
I know there’s nothing I can say
That can take this pain away

The reason for this parting you don’t know
At times life can hit with a mighty blow
Wrenching deep down into your core
Changing your life forever more

In the days, months and years ahead
Through tumultuous emotions you’ll be lead
In time acceptance will seep through
Knowing there was nothing you could do

All I can hope is that you feel
The love that can help you heal
From so many close and far
Who care about how you are

Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you
Though there’s nothing physical we can do
So we all embrace you in pure love
To help protect you like a glove

Your precious little one
Who’s physical life never begun
Will always be in your heart
And you’ll never be apart

I would like to share with you
My beliefs, though you might think untrue
In time, the words I hope will bring
A ‘Light’ to ease your suffering

You felt their presence in the womb
Just as though they were in the room
Their core essence you could feel
Spiritual energy is truly real

We are Spiritual Beings first and bodies last
When on this Earth a spell is cast
To make us forget the plans we made
With other Souls a path we laid

Your special little Angel agreed with you
To bring an experience so raw and true
Of the sanctity of a non-physical life
That would at first cut you like a knife

You both knew you would always share
A connection, though they wouldn’t be there
Living the life you envisioned and planned
Through pregnancy, before death played its hand

Your dreams of happiness were crushed
As this tragedy unfolded and rushed
Into the depths of your very Being
To change forever your way of seeing

Sadly, some never wade the loss and grief
Pinning for years with little relief
Turning to addictions to ease the pain
Looking for answers and reasons to blame

Others, though hurting and feeling the loss
Know they have the courage and support to cross
The bridge over the river of perpetual sorrow
Glimpsing there’s always a brighter tomorrow

They know their Angel will travel on
Growing in Spirit, but never ‘gone’
Always hearing every thought and prayer
Throughout their ‘lives’ they continue to share

The limit of sight should never be
A definition of reality
Your little one is never far away
Although you can’t see them here today

It is through an uplifted, loving heart
That it is possible to even start
Connecting a stronger Spiritual link
It’s all to do with the way you think

In your dreams, in bed at night
You can visit the world of Light
And hold your precious little one
Until the dawning of the sun

I believe your path is the most difficult there is to face
With not even minutes of a life to treasure and retrace
So I send my Love, Light, Blessings and Prayers to you
Asking Heavenly Assistance to guide you through

Trina Graves – March 2017


About This Poem
I won’t say much about this poem as all my feelings about it are expressed in the poem. I have not shared it before except with the parents who it was written for. They have now been blessed with another addition to the family, although I know it does not take away any of the feelings of love and loss for their first son, it brings another joy into their lives and additional strength to move on.

So I would like to now share these words, hoping they will be of some upliftment to anyone who has gone through this heart-breaking experience. Of course, they are also for those who had a limited time with their precious ones – whether minutes, months or several years. 

Stillborn - sympathy poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Everything That Has A Beginning Has An End

Title Quote: Buddha

We all love enchanting, captivating stories
From very young children to the old
Reading stories uses our imagination
We’re engrossed in how they will unfold
Books can be just a few short pages
Or go on for a whole series that offer more
But all stories have a beginning and end
The pleasure they make is what we read them for

Films and TV series capture our attention
As we sink into and establish the plot
Our senses are bombarded with emotions
Through characters, music and the scenery shot
A film lasts for a short time, only an hour or two
A complete series can go on for a year or more
But all films and series have a beginning and end
The emotions evoked are what we watch them for

Some people enjoy enhancing nature
Planting various seeds into a flower-pot
They nurture and appreciate the beauty
Whether a lavender bush or forget-me-not
Flowers develop wondrous hues and fragrance
Scattering their elegance in gardens and more
But all flowers have a beginning and end
Their pure beauty is what we grow them for

One of nature’s incredible, bountiful joys
Is the variety of trees that grow everywhere
Their magnificence and majestic presence
Is enhanced with the lessons they share
Strength, flexibility, change, importance of roots
They give us oxygen and so much more
But all trees have a beginning and end
Vital life-enhancement is what we need them for

Over our lives most of us share some time
With a pet who becomes a family friend
It doesn’t matter what the animal type
It’s the faithful love that they can send
Companionship, loyalty, non-judgement
Whatever we share, they give so much more
But all animals have a beginning and end
Their companionship is what we adore them for

And so we come to the point of these words
The hardest experience one day we all must face
When our nearest and dearest loved ones pass
Will we be able to abide it with good grace?

The simple, pure beauty of our family and friends
We enrich our lives together with the pleasures we make
Our love and companionship is vital life-enhancement
As the emotions evoked bring our Hearts and Souls Awake

“Everything That Has A Beginning Has An End
Make Your Peace With That And All Will Be Well”
The Buddha’s words are an essential principle of life
To enable us when the time comes to say ‘Farewell’

Trina Graves – 21st November 2016


About This Poem   

This was one of my poems that surprised me with how it ended. I started in my usual way (praying and asking for guidance) and then wrote a list of the topics to cover. Each verse flowed quite easily and I knew it was going to be a sympathy poem it was obviously going to move on to dying. But the ‘surprise’ was in how the ending of each verse came together for the penultimate verse.

Buddha quote: Everything that has a beginning has an end, used as title and theme for sympathy poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

I Shall Not Altogether Die

Title Quote: Horace

I am a Being of Light and Love
Sent to this Earth from above
My true self is a Spirit so high
I shall not altogether die

I am a part of the Infinite Whole
The Light of God contained in my Soul
I remember this whatever I try
I shall not altogether die

No matter which path in life I choose
I will succeed, I never lose
Lessons are learned, even from a lie
I shall not altogether die

I came here to always do my best
Sometimes it seems life is a test
But it matters not if I laugh or cry
I shall not altogether die

Love and joy are my goals while I’m here
Following my intuition, it becomes so clear
These are the treasures, so in bliss I sigh
I shall not altogether die

Loved ones leave, as I know they must
Although I grieve, with faith I trust
Our love will unite us, that is why
I shall not altogether die

One day my body will cease to be
But I know that’s not the end of me
I’ll be Aware when my passing is nigh
I shall not altogether die

My Soul will journey on and on
Through many lives and bodies I’ll don
My Spirit growing as the times go by
I shall not altogether die


About This Poem

One of my all-time favourite quotes is: You are not a human on a Spiritual journey. You are a Spirit on a human journey. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin) so this is something I do my best to convey in many of my poems. 

I have no doubt what-so-ever that we survive death. In the past I have had many messages through different mediums that were either unusual knowledge of myself or members of my family, or, I was given advice that would have a dramatic affect on my life. I no longer go to Spiritualist Church for various reasons, but I am grateful for all the messages and knowledge I gained over the time that I did. 

‘Sympathy’ poems are something I am drawn to and love to write. Death is a large part of life but is not talked about by so many people, it is also mostly considered to be a feared and extremely sad event. My wish with my poems is to bring this topic to everyone, not just to those who are grieving, and to shed light and cheerful acceptance on dying.. for we will all go through it ourselves one day! 

One Day My Body Will Cease To Be - part of poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By