God, we thank You for the gift of memory which unites generation to generation. This hour of memorial bids us be mindful of the hour which will call us to the realm of eternal rest and gather us to our ancestors, to all the unnumbered generations that have gone before us.
We remember DON, JOAN, PAULINE, JERRY, furry friends and all our beloved who have already reached the goal where we are tending. We think of the days when they were with us and we rejoiced in the blessing of their companionship and affection. They are near us even now, though years have passed over their graves.
IN MEMORY OF JERRY and Other Fathers
Your memory, my dear father, fills my soul at this solemn hour. It revives in me thoughts of the love and friendliness which you bestowed on me. The thought of you inspires me to a life of virtue until I am again with you . May God reward you for the faithfulness and kindness you have ever shown me, God grant you eternal peace.
IN MEMORY OF PAULINE and Other Mothers
I remember you in this solemn hour, my dear mother. I remember the days when you did dwell on earth, and your tender love watched over me like a guardian angel. You have gone from me, but the bondwhich unites our souls can never be severed; your image lives within my heart. May God reward you for the faithfulness and kindness you have ever shown me and grant you eternal peace.
IN MEMORY OF A BROTHER (DON), SISTER (JOAN), PETS (ROSCOE, PUCKY et al), RELATIVES and FRIENDS
I remember you in this solemn hour, my beloved brother, sister, pets and friends. I remember the days when we lived together in happy companionship and your loving friendship were my delight and support. Though you have gone from me, your image abides with me. I think of you with gratitude and bless your memory for all the devotion you did show me. May God bless you with everlasting joy, keep you and grant you eternal bliss. Amen.
Here’s a short service you might enjoy, accompanied with accordian (!) and other instruments and vocals. Just click on the accordian below
Remembering dear Joan, Don, Mom (Pauline), Dad (Jerry) and indulge me also in remembering our many Furry Friends (we will honor more at another time>) Thinking of them all especially often this year . It’s hit me harder than ever this year, now, since all my family members are gone from the earth, yet…
So Long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember Pauline, Jerry, Joan and Don and favorite furry friends.
In the rising of the sun and its going down, we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them
In the opening buds and the rebirth of spring, we remember them
In the blueness of the sky and the warmth of summer, we remember them
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them
When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them
So Long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember Pauline, Jerry, Joan and Don and favorite furry friends (and for others reading this…for your own people you have loved and lost)
– edited from GATES OF PREPENTANCE and UNION PRAYERBOOK II