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An Unforgetable Gentleman

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Matt B



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 are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, 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 ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity

What is death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918

Sleep well Gramps. I love you.


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That's very moving. I lost my Gran just over a month ago so I sympathise a lot with you.

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Aww Matt :(

I'm sure that's the same poem we had at my Father-in-law's funeral when Milo was only 5 weeks old. It's a lovely poem.

My grandma died a few months ago when Tilly was only 3 weeks old and I thought "here we go again" but both were very proud and happy to see a new life arrive.

Remember your grandfather in your happiest memories and tell your son all the wonderful things about your grandad. Milo asks about his Grandads and is fasinated to hear about them and also that he met one (even if he was only 3 weeks old and doesn't remember)

Big hugs and it you want to chat, PM me, sometimes it's just helps to talk to someone non-family :)

Take care


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A beautiful poem Matt... (And I agree with Katie's sentiments above.)xx

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Thanks peeps,

Unfortunatly, Ollie never got to meet Grandad as they live in Birmingham, which I know is not far, and time just disappears ! A few months ago I wanted to go up with him but grandad did not want us to see him so ill so I had little choice but to respect his wishes. Nan told me at the wake that he was disappointed at not meeting him but wanted us to remeber him as the man he was and that he was always holding and chatting to the numerous pictures we had sent up.

I will give him lots of stories about him as if there ever was a role model to look up to then he was it. As the blog says he was a unforgettable gentleman !

Thanks for you support.

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