This week we’re grateful to Jennifer Levenson for sharing At the End – her way of saying goodbye to a parent. She wrote this poem for her dad’s funeral in 2008 and has been glad to let others use and adapt them since then. She offers this poem to you, if it’s helpful.
AT THE END
We stand as testament to your will
That governs us post mortem still
You wanted that we bring you here
In words unambivalent and clear
To spend your afterlife at ease
Scattered near your favourite trees
At your final resting place
Soon there will be not a trace
Of your ashes on the ground
But your presence will be found
In every scrap of DNA –
Lots of which is here today.
As in your life, your will will out.
That we obeyed you there’s no doubt
You would like we make no fuss
Of how you’ll linger long with us
We loved you more than words can show
But now’s the time – to let you go
See more here about funerals readings and poems. There’s help too with understanding about different forms of expression around death – eulogies, elegies, obituaries. See another Flinger’s experience of writing a eulogy for his wife Christine.