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Here are some words, poetry and quotes I found comforting, interesting and useful. Hope you do too..



Help for the Bereaved family
I believe it will help you to know that moving forward when an unfortunate station happens is a process; in fact, it's a long journey of acceptance and healing, and there is not a specific time period. But I know you can get through it, and return back to a happy and productive life. I know it is hard for you to believe what I am saying right now, but you must hold onto hope, keep the faith. Keep reminding yourself that things will eventually get better.

You are not alone in this process of moving forward. I know you probably feel quite overwhelmed and bewildered right now, when I lost my wife about five years ago, I went through this same thing, like you were picked up and placed on a different planet, way out into space, I know. You in a new world of uncharted territory with no road-map, to help you along the way, here are a few scriptures.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."
Psalm 23:4

"This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me."
Psalm 119:50

"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you."
Isaiah 43:2

". . . For the LORD has comforted His people And will have compassion on His afflicted."
Isaiah 49:13

"So the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, And everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away."
Isaiah 51:11
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 5:4

"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 15:55-57

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

"We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord."
2 Corinthians 5:8

"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word."
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
 
 

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When Tomorrow Starts Without Me...



When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things,
we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand,
that an Angel came and called my name,
and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready,
in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind,
all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
so much yet to do,
it seemed 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 relive yesterday,
just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity,
and all I've promised you".
Today for 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 day,
there's no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful,
so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
and share my life with me?

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.

David M. Romano









A Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say,
Though first of all to let you know I arrived OK.
I'm writing this from heaven, here I dwell with Spirit above,
Here there's no more tears of sadness, here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy because I am out of sight,
Remember I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
Heavens warmth covered me and said "I welcome you".
"It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone,
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
We need you here so badly, you're part of our great plan,
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

Spirit gave me a list of things that were wished for me to do,
And foremost on that list - was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in your bed at night the day's chores put to flight,
Spirit and I are closest to you...in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years,
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry a while; it helps relieve the pain.
Remember there would no flowers unless there was some rain.
I wish I could explain to you all that Spirit has planned.
If I were to tell you, you would not understand.
One thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over,
I'm closer to you now than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb,
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and in pain,
Then you can say to me at night.."My day was not in vain".
So now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.

So if you meet someone who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go from that body to be free,


Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.

*I would love to tell you who the author of this poem was, but this was sent to me by a friend who didn't know the name of the one who wrote these thoughtful lines.







This poem was written by a very brave lady towards the end of her battle with breast cancer. It makes you think….



IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
By Erma Bombeck

I would have invited friends over to dinner,
Even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the GOOD living room and
Worried much less about the dirt when someone
Wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to
My grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the
Car windows be rolled up on a
Summer day because my hair had
Just been teased and sprayed.


I would have burned the pink candle
Sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with
My children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less
While watching television and more while watching life.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick
Instead of pretending the earth would go into a
Holding pattern if I wasn't there for the day.
I would never have bought anything
Just because it was practical,
Wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy,
I'd have cherished every moment realizing that the
Wonderment growing inside me was the only chance
In life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said,
"Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more, "I love you's" and more,
"I'm sorry's" but mostly, given another shot at life,
I would seize every minute ...
look at it and really see it ...
live it ... and never give it back.







Mary Elizabeth Frye (1904-)



Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,

I am the fields of ripening grain.

I am in the morning hush,

I am in the graceful rush

Of beautiful birds in circling flight.

I am the starshine of the night.

I am in the flowers that bloom,

I am in a quiet room.

I am in the birds that sing,

I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there -- I do not die

...this following version was amended by anon from the original...

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.





There is no death!
What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call death.


~ Henry W. Longfellow



What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.





I'm Free

Don't Grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now, He set me free



Rupert Brooke 1887 - 1915

The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.



Henry Van Dyke 1852 - 1933

Parable of Immortality

I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says :
- 'There she goes!

Gone where?
Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says:
- 'There she goes! ',
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
- 'Here she comes!'





Death is nothing at all

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow,
laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Pray smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort,
without the trace of a shadow in it.
Life means all that it ever meant,
it is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity,
why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you
somewhere very near
just around the corner.
All is well

Christina Georgina Rossetti 1830 - 1894


Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When 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.







Bright be the Place of Thy Soul

Bright be the place of thy soul!
No lovelier spirit than thine
E'er burst from its mortal control,
In the orbs of the blessed to shine.

On earth thou wert all but divine,
As thy soul shall immortally be;
And our sorrow may cease to repine,
When we know that thy God is with thee.

Light be the turf of thy tomb!
May its verdure like emeralds be:
There should not be the shadow of gloom
In aught that reminds us of thee.

Young flowers and an evergreen tree
May spring from the spot of thy rest:
But nor cypress nor yew let us see;
For why should we mourn for the blest?





ROBERT SOUTHEY 1774 - 1843


Among His Books

My days among the Dead are past;
Around me I behold,
Where'er these casual eyes are cast,
The mighty minds of old:
MY never-failing friends are they,
With whom I converse day by day.

With them I take delight in weal
And seek relief in woe;
And while I understand and feel
How much to them I owe,
My cheeks have often been bedewed
With tears of thoughtful gratitude.

My thoughts are with the Dead; with them
I live in long-past years,
Their virtues love, their faults condemn,
Partake their hopes and fears,
And from their lessons seek and find
Instruction with an humble mind.

MY hopes are with the Dead; anon
My place with them will be,
And I with them shall travel on
Through all Futurity;
Yet leaving here a name, I trust,
That will not perish in the dust.









RICHARD CRASHAW 1613-1649


An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife who Died
and were Buried Together

To these, whom death again did wed,
This grave's the second marriage-bed.
For though the hand of Fate could force,
'Twixt soul and body a divorce,
It could not sever man and wife,
Because they both lived but one life.
Peace, good reader, do not weep;
Peace, the lovers are asleep:

They, sweet turtles, folded lie,
In the last knot that love could tie.
Let them sleep, let them sleep on,
Till this stormy night be gone.
And the eternal morrow dawn,
Then the curtains will be drawn,
And they waken with that light,
Whose day shall never sleep in night.





JOHN FLETCHER 1579-1625


Weep no More

Weep no more, nor sigh, nor groan,
Sorrow calls no time that's gone:
Violets pluck'd, the sweetest rain
Makes not fresh nor grow again.
Trim thy locks, look cheerfully;
Fate's hid ends eyes cannot see.







John Donne 1572-1631
 

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Madam Costa D, Plese accept my condolence. Affliction shall not arise again in this forum.
 

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Candidly speaking,i found it difficult mixing pleasure with pains..........as i came in here to celebrate the 1000TH page only to got my heart chattered.

It is well.God is always able to doing greater/mightier things!
 

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Mrs Costa D,
Its so sad to receive dis kind of news
Pls accept my condolences
May D comfort provided by the most holy one be sufficient for you at this moment
May He keep you safe ... and make his face shine on you... and give you peace...
Affliction shall not rise again in your houshold IJN

@ all ,... may we not have any cause again to mourn any of our forumites nor dependants as
we journey this path to destiny....
 
 

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tokszeeeee said:
I Celebrate You my Oga's wife.... 1000 Gbosas for U̶̲̥̅̊.. Gbosaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas


8)



Thanks tokzeeeee
 

Deelily

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@madam costa D,

this is so sad,please accept my condolence.
may God grant you and the kids the fortitude to bear the loss,
may God support ,strengthen and shield you and the kids IJN.

peace.
 

igbehinadara

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Tokzeee,

Permit me to speak on behalf of KAYB she has been stressed lately and honestly can not handle the assignment.If you notice she has been scarce on the thread lately.Kindly nominate another forumite pls.

Ig

tokszeeeee said:
( Pls Permit ♏ε̲̣̣̣ to nominate KAYB-- able forumite to organise our visit to Madam Costa D on a Saturday or if the burial is in Lagos, organise our going Ąπϑ token to Support this woman..

My submission, any 2ndMent in the house?(
 

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Mrs Costa D, the word of God says in all we should give thanks.
God knows why and we can't question him.
I pray the good lord strengthens you and your family to bear this irreplaceable loss.
Take heart.
 
 

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My sincere Condolences to Madam Costa D, i trust that the good Lord will comfort you
 

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Costa D said:
This is to inform the house of the demise of my hubby Costa D in the early hours of September 14th ,2012. Please, house help me! i do not know what to do, the things to take and all. I am d principal. Please, pls, pls, pls, pls, pls house help me. Wife and three kids. We all planned to go early October before. I do not know any thing , what to take along and all.
The Lord will console and strengthen you, your expectations will not be cut short in Jesus Name.

It is well..
 

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This is to inform the house of the demise of my hubby Costa D in the early hours of September 14th ,2012. Please, house help me!
Who are we to question God? Times like this call for grief but we shall not grief because we know we have a father that will never fail us, God who allows things to happen for a reason. Please accept my condolence. I pray that the Almighty God, the Husband of the widow and the Father of the fatherless will always be there for you and your children. God is your help. RIP Mr 'Costa D'
 

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Thanks you so much for your comforting words... all. Mr Spicey your words really went a long way to soothe my fears.Comforting me a loooong... way. The Lord will satisfy all of you with your heart desires Amen.
... Costa D was not sick.He just didnt wake up from his sleep and i know he went to meet the Lord.

I appreciate this house a great deal.
He knows... becos he is alive in Jesus, about all those desperately awaiting their MRs and PRs and trust they will be dashing in soon IJMN.

All these words are really difficult for me but i need to communicate and do something.

Please,kindly list all i need for landing. PLSSSSSSSSSS!

Will call Senior Tinu and Ogami Ig.I am sorry if this is not the way of salute .It is Costa D that was used to this but i have to continue by his grace.Amen

Happy 1000th.
 
 

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Items needed for Landing:
Firstly, I was just too sad to hear this unfortunate news. No one would had expected this to happen. I felt so low when I heard the story.

Madam Costa D, the Lord is your strength. The battle has been won as the wall of jericho fallen! Stand up and continue the struggle. It was the hope and aspiration of Costa D to give the children the best of everything, now he is no more. The best you could do is to forge ahead in this project and make him smile in his eternal sleep. Please go ahead and land and don't hold any information from the CBSA. When you finally landed go to service canada and inform them. You should be entitled to so many things as a single parent unless you do not want to take any.

May the lord God comfort you and the children. It is not easy but with God all things shall be well for you and yours IJN. Please take heart and allow God to console you. He alone is the best comforter at time like this.

Please as soon as you land, let us know your whereabout. Please take care of yourself and the beautiful children. May the Lord be with us all.

Below are the few things I think I can drop for you concerning the landing apparathus. Others can add.

DOCUMENTS/FUND:

1. All your international Passports with canadian visa.
2. COPR for all
3.Proof of funds for the family: Although they don't ask for physical inspection but good to carry.

ITEMS:

1. All kind of food stuffs better in powdery form
2. Your children foodstuff (important) very costly in Canada especially the Nesle products like Golden Morn, Miloetc
3. Cooking seasonings like Maggi, ata gbigbe, etc
4. As many clothes as you can carry because they cost mony here.
 

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MADAM COSTA D,
SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR HUSBAND.GOD THE OMINI SCIENCE WHO KNOW THE BEGINING AND THE END WILL COMFORT YOU.PLEASE TRY AND BE STRONG COSTA D IS NO MORE.WHAT A LIFE ANYWAY IN EVERYTHING WE SHOULD BE GLORIFIYING HIM.....