Memory

Nostagia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense and the past perfect.

Precious memories of yesterday can be precious moments today.

Memories are the glimmering arches that span the summits of the mind.

What you’re doing with your life now is the memory you’ll have through all your tomorrows. — Charles Swindoll

The fun things you share with your family today are the memories that will hold them near and dear to you tomorrow. — Ray Cross

Don’t let the past control your present. Put it behind you. Make each new day a new beginning. — Ray Cross

Letting go of the past releases you to anticipate the future and be creative with the present. — Ray Cross

 

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.
— Irving Berlin, American composer and lyricist (1888 – 1989)

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Beautiful memories,
Are wonderful things,
They last til the longest day,
They never wear out,
They never get lost,
And can never be given away.
To some you may be forgotten
To others a part of the past,
But to us who loved and lost you
Your memory will always last.

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We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new;
We thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
All we have are memories
And your picture as keepsake,
With which we’ll never part.
God has you in HIs keeping;
We have you in our hearts.

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Though your smile is gone forever
And your hand we cannot touch,
Still we have so many memories,
Of the one we loved so much.
Your memory is our keepsake,
With which we’ll never part;
God has you in His keeping,
We have you in our hearts.

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MISSING YOU

Every day without you,
Since you had to go
Is like a summer without sun
And winter without snow.

You know I talk to you daily
And always have lots to say,
But it has changed so very much,
Since you had to go away.

I always feel you close to me
And though you’re far from sight,
I’m glad you came to me and said
“Everything will be alright.”

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The years are quickly passing
Though still we can’t forget
For un the hearts that loved you
Your memory lingers yet.

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My thoughts I give to you
As the long hours go by.
Thinking of the things we used to do
And say, just you and I.
Sometimes they make me smile,
Sometimes they make me cry,
But are precious to me alone,
Memories of you and I.

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Memories Build a SpecialBridge
Our memories build a special bridge when loved ones have to part
to help us feel we’re with them still and sooth a grieving heart.
Our memories span the years we shared, preserving ties that bind,
They build a special bridge of love and bring us peace of mind.
Emily Matthews

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I Only Wanted You
They say memories are golden, well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.

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So Go And Run Free
So go and run free with the angels

Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me.
— Anonymous

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To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.
— Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (1774 – 1844)

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This month comes back with sad regret,
It brings back a day we will never forget,
You fell asleep without saying goodbye
But our memories of you will never die,
We miss you more than anyone knows,
as each day passes the emptiness grows.
The tears we shed we can wipe away,
But the ache in our hearts will always stay.
No one knows the grief we bear,
When the family meets and you’re not there.
You left us suddenly,
Your thoughts unknown,
But you left us memories we are proud to own.

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And when the stream that overflows has passed, a consciousness remains upon the silent shore of memory; images and precious thoughts that shall not be and cannot be destroyed.
— William Wordsworth, Romantic poet (1770 – 1850), from his 1814 poem ‘The Excursion.’

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But Not Forgotten
I think, no matter where you stray,

That I shall go with you a way.
Though you may wander sweeter lands,
You will not soon forget my hands,
Nor yet the way I held my head,
Nor all the tremulous things I said.
You still will see me, small and white
And smiling, in the secret night,
And feel my arms about you when
The day comes fluttering back again.
I think, no matter where you be,
You’ll hold me in your memory
And keep my image, there without me,
By telling later loves about me.
— Dorothy Parker, American writer and poet (1893 – 1967)

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Silent Tear
Each night we shed a silent tear,

As we speak for you in prayer.
To let you know we love you,
And just how much we care.
Take our million teardrops,
Wrap them up in love,
Then ask the wind to carry them,
To you in heaven above.
— Anonymous

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Remember Me
Remember Me:

To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea – remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty – remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity – remember me.
Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, your memories of the times we loved,
the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.
— Margaret Mead, American writer and poet (1901 – 1978)

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Farewell
Farewell to Thee! But not farewell

To all my fondest thoughts of Thee;
Within my heart they still shall dwell
And they shall cheer and comfort me.

Life seems more sweet that Thou didst live
And men more true Thou wert one;
Nothing is lost that Thou didst give,
Nothing destroyed that Thou hast done.
— Anne Bronte, novelist, poet and youngest of three Bronte sisters (1820 – 1849)

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His Jouney’s Just Begun
Don’t think of him as gone away

his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.
— Ellen Brenneman

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Feel No Guilt In Laughter, He’d Know How Much You Care
Feel no guilt in laughter, he’d know how much you care.

Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to.
He’d hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that he is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safely within your heart.
— Anonymous

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The memory of a good person is a blessing.  — Proverb 10: 7

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We often lay awake at night,
When the world is fast asleep.
And take a walk down memory lane,
With tears upon our cheeks.
The years we had with you,
Are worth their weight in gold.
The joy and the laughter you gave,
Are ours to have and to hold,
Remembering you is easy,
We do it every day.
But missing you is a heartache,
That never goes away.
We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain.
To walk us throughout our life,
Until we meet again.

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No further away than a picture
A smile or a remembered phrase
You will always live in our memories
So close in so many ways
Yes memory has a magical way
Of keeping loved ones near
On this Christmas Day
Wherever we go, whatever we do
We will always love and remember you.

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Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far into the silent land!
Where you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay,
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned;
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
— Christina Georgina Rossetti, poet (1830 – 1894)

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In The Loss Of Your Loved One
“Memories live forever,
They grow richer through the years,
They are nurtured by our laughter,
They are watered by our tears.
Memories live forever,
Sent from heaven up above
To eternally connect us
To the people that we love.”

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Ever Remembered
I want you to know you are ever remembered–
The kindliest feelings encircle your name;
Though life’s pressing claims may have silence engendered,
Your place in remembrance remaineth the same.

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I want you to know that, as busy thoughts travel
On busiest days—as most surely they do—
Perhaps when some problem seems hard to unravel,
My thoughts may instinctively travel to you.

And when at his footstool, untired, I would linger,
And think of the many God-given friends—
There comes ‘gainst your name an invisible finger,
And forthwith some word for you surely ascends.
— J. Dawson Smith

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We often lay awake at night,
When the world is fast asleep.
And take a walk down memory lane,
With tears upon our cheeks.
The years we had with you,
Are worth their weight in gold.
The joy and the laughter you gave,
Are ours to have and to hold,
Remembering you is easy,
We do it every day.
But missing you is a heartache,
That never goes away.

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We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain.
To walk us throughout our life,
Until we meet again.

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These shall I leave to you
When I am gone–
Red in a western sky,
Primrose at dawn.

Fountains that toss their spray,
Moonlight through trees,
Storms over mountaintops,
Salt from the seas.

Plants on a window ledge,
Rose shaded light,
Fragrance of growing things,
Music at night.

Children who laugh at play,
Thrushes that call,
Mem’ries to ease your grief,
God over all.
–Frances Vaen Miller

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No further away than a picture
A smile or a remembered phrase
You will always live in our memories
So close in so many ways
Yes memory has a magical way
Of keeping loved ones near
Wherever we go, whatever we do
We will always love and remember you.

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Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far into the silent land!
Where you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay,
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned;
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
— Christina Georgina Rossetti

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In The Loss Of Your Loved One
“Memories life forever,
They grow richer through the years,
They are nurtured by our laughter,
They are watered by our tears.
Memories live forever,
Sent from heaven up above
To eternally connect us
To the people that we love.”

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Ever Remembered
I want you to know you are ever remembered–
The kindliest feelings encircle your name;
Though life’s pressing claims may have silence engendered,
Your place in remembrance remaineth the same.

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May the winds of love blow softly by
And whisper so you can hear,
We will always love and miss you
And wish that you were here.

For all that life has given us
And all that’s left to do,
We know no greater treasure
Than the days we spent with you.

When we visit your resting place,
I seem to hear you say,
Smile when you think of me,
We’ll meet again one day.

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Our lives go on without you,
But nothing is the same,
We have to hide our heartache
When someone speaks your name.

Sad are the hearts that love you,
Silent are the tears that fall,
Living our lives without you
Is the hardest part of all.

You did so many things,
Your heart was kind and true.
And when we needed someone
We could always count on you.

If we could have one lifetime wish,
One dream that could come true,
We would pray to God with all our hearts
For yesterday and you.

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After Glow

I’d like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles
When day 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.
Enjoy the memories that I leave behind
When day is done.

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Look For Me In Rainbows
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.
Music and lyrics: Conn Bernard (1990). Vicki Brown

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REMEMBER
Remember me when I am gone away,

Gone far into the silent land!
Where you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay,
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned;
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel, then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
— Christine Georgina Rossetti

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When tomorrow starts without me
When tomorrow starts without me, and I am not here to see

If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me,
I know how much you love me as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That Jesus came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said that my place is ready in heaven far above,
And that I have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away a tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I’d always thought it wasn’t my time to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do,
It seems almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could have stayed for just a while,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realize that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I would miss tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven’s gate and felt so much at home,
As God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne.
He said “This is eternity, and all I’ve promised you,
Today your life on earth is past, but here it starts anew.”
“I promise no tomorrow but today will always last,
And since each day’s the same here there’s no longing for the past.”
So when tomorrow starts without me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me I’m right here in your heart.
— Anonymous

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Should You Go First
Should you go first and I remain
To walk the road alone,
I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear,
With happy days we’ve known.
In spring I’ll wait for roses red
When fades the lilacs blue,
In early fall when brown leaves call
I’ll catch a glimpse of you.

Should you go first and I remain
For battles to be fought,
Each thing you’ve touched along the way
Will be a hallowed spot.
I’ll hear your voice, I’ll see your smile,
Though blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand
Will buoy me on with hope.