My thoughts and prayers go out to my dear friend, her husband and the family who just lost their beloved one last night. I know that losing a parent is one of the hardest things we go through in life, and I wanted to share this poem that we got from Hospice at the time of my mom's passing. It's a very beautiful poem and though it's sad, it gives a peaceful way to think of our beloved's passing on to another realm..... My deepest sympathies.
I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says:
"There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: