If I should die
If I should die and leave you
Be not like the others, quick undone
Who keep long vigils by the silent dust and weep.

Remember that you’re not alone—
Our thoughts go out to you
With deep and heartfelt sympathy
For what you’re going through
We care about you very much
And hope that time will heal
Your sense of loss and loneliness
And ease the pain you feel.

“Do not let your heart be troubled…”
What assurance in that voice
That acknowledges our sorrow
And yet offer us the choice
To ask for God’s protection
And surrender all our fears
To the One who holds tomorrow
And will wipe away all tears.
— Emily Matthews

For my sake turn to life and smile
Nerving thy heart and trembling
hand to comfort weaker souls than thee.
Complete these unfinished tasks of mine
And I perchance may therein comfort thee.
— Thomas Gray, poet, classical scholar and Cambridge don (1716 – 1771) – Read at Diana, Princess of Wales’ funeral, 1997.


I felt an angel
I felt an angel near today, though one I could not see
I felt an angel oh so close, sent to comfort me
I felt an angel’s kiss, soft upon my cheek
And oh, without a single word of caring did it speak
I felt an angel’s loving touch, soft upon my heart
And with that touch, I felt the pain and hurt within depart
I felt an angel’s tepid tears, fall softly next to mine
And knew that as those tears did dry a new day would be mine
I felt an angel’s silken wings enfold me with pure love
And felt a strength within me grow, a strength sent from above
I felt an angel oh so close, though one I could not see
I felt an angel near today, sent to comfort me.
— Anonymous