I never thought of what it would be like to say goodbye to my dad. It didn’t cross my mind until I had to do it three years ago today.

As hard as it was, I didn’t have to do it completely alone. The number of friends and family that came to say goodbye to my dad three years ago today was befitting of someone who gave of himself for others. I believe my dad would have been extremely excited as I was.

But, unsure of what to say exactly to him and them, I read this poem:

To Those Whom I Love And Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that I have had so many years

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness
I thank you for the love each have shown
But now it is time I must travel on alone

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It is only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories in your heart

I will not be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All of my love around you soft and clear

Then, when you must come this way alone
I will greet you with a smile and welcome home

While it was extremely hard to read and get through the day, I remember being able to look into the crowd and see cousins and friends that were there to support us.

I thought this was one of the many things that I could share that said all that I was feeling.