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Four Candles:


The first candle represents our grief.
The pain of losing you is intense.
It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.


This second candle represents our courage.
To confront our sorrow,
To comfort each other,
To change our lives.


This third candle we light in your memory.
For the times we laughed,
For the times we cried,
For the times we were angry with each other,
For the silly things you did,
And for the caring and joy you gave us always.


This fourth candle we light for our love.
We light this candle that you will always shine.
As we enter this grieving period and share this night of remembrance
with our family and friends.
We cherish the special place in our hearts
that will always be reserved for you.


We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us.
We love you forever,  and we will always remember you.



We think about you always, 
we talk about you still, 
you have never been forgotten, 
and you never will. 

We hold you close within our hearts, 
and there you will remain, 
to walk with us throughout our lives 
until we meet again.

Fallen Limb:


A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me”.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.


Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.


Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.

Afterglow: (Helen Lowrie Marchall)


I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Look for me in Rainbows: (Conn Bernard)


Time for me to go now, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, way up in the sky.
In the morning sunrise when all the world is new,
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.


Time for me to leave you, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, high up in the sky.
In the evening sunset, when all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me, and I'll be close to you.


It won't be forever, the day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you, when we meet again.


Time for us to part now, we won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, shining in the sky.
Every waking moment, and all your whole life through
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.


Just wish me to be near you,
And I'll be there with you.

I’m There Inside Your Heart:


Right now I’m in a different place,
and though we seem apart,
I’m closer than I ever was,
I’m there inside your heart.


I’m with you when you greet each day,
and while the sun shines bright,
I’m there to share the sunsets, too
I’m with you every night.


I’m with you when the times are good,
to share a laugh or two.
And if a tear should start to fall,
I’ll still be there for you.


And when that day arrives,
that we no longer are apart,
I’ll smile and hold you close to me,
Forever in my heart.