I wrote this for Mike, our preacher to read at my wife's funeral on March 17, 2010. She was buried exactly one month after realinzing she had cancer. The doctor did tell me, though, that she had it for probably six months or longer before that.

She is Gone Now!

She is gone now.

She left us March 13, 2010 about 4:30 in the evening.

All five of our children were there when she went away.

We will always regret the day that we heard the words,

"There is NO HOPE!"

The doctors only just gave her the dreaded verdict of cancer, and already one month later she is gone.

Now we will be on our own.

She was our rock our post to lean on.

She was my best friend in the entire world.

After 39+ years of happiness, we have gone our separate ways for a while.

I still don't know what I will do without her.

How will l go on, and what will I do without her.

The thing that keeps me going is knowing that someday I have the hope of rejoining her in the sweet by and by.

She knew that it was time for her to leave this world.

She told our preacher that she wouldn't be coming out of the hospital this time.

She called me to the hospital one night when one of our sons was sitting with her.

She told me to get down there.

When I did she kissed me and said bye.

I told her I wasn't going anywhere she said that she was.

I asked where she was going.

She replied matter-of-factly, "I am going to be with God now."

I really expected her to quit breathing right then, because of how calmly she said it.

She kept breathing for a couple of more days or maybe it was three more before she finally breathed her last.

On the 13th, of March she gradually breathed her last after each of us had a chance to say our final goodbyes.

Gently in a final and lasting sleep she closed her eyes.

Poetry by Damon
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Written on 2010-03-21 at 18:32

Tags Death  Funeral  Wife 

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Phyllis J. Rhodes
Damon, losing half of yourself is so often watching the best part of yourself die. Great marriages of long terms create a being made up of the husband and the wife. It is the personhood of marriage. Death destroys that person. When death snuffs out this life, the life left behind is incomplete and grieves for its lost self. Your pain is uniquely yours. Only God can feel it. Others who have lost spouses can understand, but each marriage is different. I pray you will be able to feel comfort from God as He grieves with you just as you would grive with one of your children in the same situation. I know in such terrible losses it is so often difficult to feel anything from God. And in such tragic times we often get angry with God. God understand this and will remain ready to take you into his arms when you are able to feel His love. I pray that will happen soon. And I pray you and your children can draw comfort from each other and friends and family.

Elle The PoetBay support member heart!
My heartfelt condolences to you Damon. You shared a beautiful and unique love that will always be there for you and give comfort. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Be close, share. Your wife sounded a wonderful person with a beautiful soul

Elle x