…Last night my father passed away and now he is at rest.

When I left the hospital after visiting time there was the beginnings of a beautiful sunset. As I drove home the sunset turned into something quite spectacular and special, I was able  to see it in my rear view mirror as I travelled home.

As the evening twilight fades away the sky is filled with stars invisible by day.


26 Comments CherryPie on Apr 23rd 2010

26 Responses to “Sunset…”

  1. luisa brehm says:

    ohhhhhhhh no !!!
    i’m soooooooooooo sorry, my Friend !!!!
    please be strong !!!!
    giving you lots of kissesssssssssssssssssssssssss

  2. MTG says:

    A parent may be gone in one sense but still walk with us every day.

  3. Minnie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Cherie. May your dear father rest in peace. God bless you and your family xx.

  4. Bernard says:

    I’m so sorry, Cherie.
    Take time off now to reflect and remember.
    I know how you must be feeling – I have lost both my parents.
    It is a terrible loss, and I wish you all the best and the strength to support your Mother over the coming days.
    “Look for the sun tomorrow, it may warm your heart.”
    My very best wishes,

  5. JD says:

    DEATH, be not proud, though some have callèd thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so:
    For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death; nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From Rest and Sleep, which but thy picture be,
    Much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow;
    And soonest our best men with thee do go–
    Rest of their bones and souls’ delivery!
    Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And betterr than thy stroke. Why swell’st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
    And Death shall be no more: Death, thou shalt die!
    John Donne (1573-1631)

  6. angus says:

    Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
    and death is only a horizon;
    and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

  7. If I should go before the rest of you
    Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone
    Nor when I’m gone speak in a Sunday voice
    But be the usual selves that I have known
    Weep if you must
    Parting is hell
    But life goes on
    So sing as well.

    Joyce Grenfell

    …..an elderly cousin sent that poem to me when my Father and my Mother died. I would hope that this would have been your Father’s attitude too, Cherie.

    I am so very sorry to hear of your sad loss and my condolences I send to you all

  8. jameshigham says:

    As you know, Cherie, I made my feelings known via email. RIP.

  9. Way back in the 1970s I was walking across a bridge over the River Aire in Leeds and I suddenly got the feeling that my foster father had died. On the other side of the bridge was a phone box, and I phoned home. My foster mother answered and said “I’ve got some sad news for you…”. I said “I know, dad’s dead”. She asked “How could you know?”. I said, “I don’t know how, I just know”.

    The memories will live on.

  10. Steve Hayes says:

    Sorry to hear that. Memory eternal!

  11. Posh Totty says:

    I am so sorry for your loss
    and thinking of you and your family during this difficult time Xx

  12. Andi says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and I feel even worse knowing that I cannot be there to help at what must be a difficult and trying time. You can always give me a prod if there is anything I can do, however. Until then, all I can do is offer words of comfort:

    You can shed tears that he is gone,
    Or you can smile because he lived,
    You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
    Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

    You can remember him and only that he is gone
    Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
    You can cry and close your mind: be empty and turn your back,
    Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

    Or if you like something shorter:

    If I should go tomorrow
    It would never be goodbye,
    For I have left my heart with you,
    So don’t you ever cry.
    The love that’s deep within me,
    Shall reach you from the stars,
    You’ll feel it from the heavens,
    And it will heal the scars.

  13. jmb says:

    Oh Cherie I am so sorry. But that he is at rest will give your comfort, although it is very hard on those left behind. I hope also the wonderful years you spent as father and daughter bring you great memories to comfort you today and in the future. Hugs.

  14. Chrissy says:

    I am very sorry to hear that Cherie and send you and yours Big hugs. My thoughts are with you XX

  15. sally says:

    sorry to hear such sad news…. sending hugs x x

  16. CalumCarr says:

    Cherie, I’m so sorry.

    Your Dad is resting and is peaceful now. He’ll always be close to you. Now is the time for your family to be together to take time together to remember and to grieve.

  17. CherryPie says:

    Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and inspiring verses. They are very much appreciated at this time xx

  18. I’m so sorry, Cherie. The sunset was for you, I’m sure. Your Dad knew how much you loved him.

  19. Claudia says:

    Dear Cherie – God bless you and family. Deep affection, hugs, and prayers. xx

  20. CherryPie says:

    Thank you both xx

  21. Ellee says:

    I’m so very, very sorry to read this. My sincere sympathies are with you.

  22. liz says:

    Just catching up, cheryl. So very sorry. My love and prayers for you and your family. xxx

  23. Cherie, I am so sorry nto e=hear of your loss

  24. to hear. My apologies