21 February 2010

like a balm ~

'for what is it to die,
but to stand in the sun
and melt into the wind.'
~ khalil gibran

death is a universal truth... yet we don't talk about it... because it involves emotional pain and fear... death can come at times expected or unexpected... but it does come... and at the same time, we live... for that is what we do... 

these words have to be some of the most beautiful i have ever read and i knew they had to be shared... because i want you to have these words in your memory bank too... as my grandmother reaches the end of her days, i hope that this is what leaving the physical realm will feel like for her (and does for all)... a final exhale becoming one with the wind... and moving on to becoming a part of everything... 


  1. What a beautiful, poignant thought, Maire. Thank you for sharing, and I wish peace and love for your grandmother and your family. It's never easy to say goodbye.

  2. MJ I'm sorry you're facing this loss...I too hope that the words above reflect reality for your grandmother. Thinking of you...

  3. Beautiful post Maire...... I love Gibran's writing..... I truly believe that our inevitable death is not the end all...rather a new beginning for us.....I believe this from having held the hands of dying patients in my practice as a nurse. A priviledge for me, and a very telling experience.

  4. How very lucky you are, to have had the pleasure of having your grandmother for so long. It is never easy to let our loved ones go. I wish your grandmother a peaceful passage to the next part of her journey. And I wish you a peaceful heart when she takes that step. xo

  5. Ahh death , so real but so difficult to grasp. I am glad your grandmother has had a long life here on Earth. It is one of things I like least about my day job, delivering news that transition is close, I am not sure how graceful I will be when I reach that point, we get so comfy in our present digs , it is hard to imagine being without these present molecules. Impeccable quote, Gibran is such an inspiration! ( shhh as are you! )

  6. you are in my thoughts and prayers. as ever, my friend.

  7. May peace be with you, your Grandmother and your family. I shall keep these words in my mind for eternity. Thank you for sharing.

  8. beautiful words, beautifully written...

  9. omg ... that was achingly beautiful my fren.

    i think the most powerful and beautiful words in this post came from you "a final exhale becoming one with the wind... and moving on to becoming a part of everything..." ... i truly believe so. we are all part of this cosmic energy that we live (and die) in ...

    sweet healing blessings to you my fren ... this post has just made my day very very different ...

  10. "YES, thou art gone! and never more
    Thy sunny smile shall gladden me;
    But I may pass the old church door,
    And pace the floor that covers thee,

    May stand upon the cold, damp stone,
    And think that, frozen, lies below
    The lightest heart that I have known,
    The kindest I shall ever know.

    Yet, though I cannot see thee more,
    'Tis still a comfort to have seen;
    And though thy transient life is o'er,
    'Tis sweet to think that thou hast been;

    To think a soul so near divine,
    Within a form so angel fair,
    United to a heart like thine,
    Has gladdened once our humble sphere. "

    Anne Bronte
    Much love and strength to you, Maire...

  11. such beauty, warmth and comfort in these words. thank you so much for sharing,

    warm smiles,

  12. What a beautiful post. I am sending you my thoughts & prayers, as I know how difficult it can be knowing that someone you love so much won't be around here on earth much longer.

    I wish you and your family peace in the midst of the sorrow.


  13. Such beautiful words...hugs to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Thinking of you and yours at this time, its always hard to say goodbye.

  15. I'm sorry, Mary Jane. I am thinking of you and your family during this sad time.


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