This is not Goodbye

Gran 1a

Elizabeth Maud (Babs) Gunning

1918 – 2014

Last Saturday whilst many were celebrating St. Brigid’s day, we received the worst news possible. My dear Gran had passed away. Sometimes with the sadness that accompanies the loss of a loved one, we forget the most important thing. To celebrate the lives they had. I have many fond and happy personal memories of my Gran which shall remain with me always, although no longer physically with us she shall remain forever in our heads and hearts. Gran was a terrific lady, it was never Christmas in our house until she arrived. She was both kind and generous, with a free spirit which led her to travel the world in later life. As young kids she imparted her adventurous spirit on us and we even got to go on some trips with her. At the fine age of 95 Gran has left on her next adventure, and whilst she wont be coming back to us this time, I look forward to a time when we will meet again.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in 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.
by Mary Frye



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66 Responses to This is not Goodbye

  1. Uncle Spike says:

    Aww, sorry for your loss. She looked to be such a character indeed. I lost all my grandparents before I was 13 so have limited, but good memories. Having been widowed twice, I heartily agree that it’s about celebrating memories of their life, not their passing. We all have our time; some earlier than others, that’s all. Maybe you can do a ‘special post’ on Gran, photos over the years or something to celebrate her 🙂


  2. cari365 says:

    My deepest sympathy and heartfelt comfort to you and your family at this time. xx Cari

  3. ksbeth says:

    i’m sorry for your loss, and what a lovely tribute to such a special woman ) beth

  4. Dr_IQ says:

    Sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.
    And, welcome to the club.

  5. She_Who_Hears says:

    What a lovely looking Nan. Sorry for your families loss. May she Rest in Peace and be forever in the hearts of those who loved her.

  6. Crystal says:

    Sorry for your loss, this post is a beautiful tribute to a special lady.

  7. I feel for you and your family Ed. You never get over a loss – you just get used to the person not being there after a bit of time. At least your children were old enough to have gotten to know your Gran – so her legacy will move on with the next generation.

  8. lyonsroarforgod says:

    I’m so sorry, Ed. I love the picture you used of her; you can just see the joy in her eyes. I know you look forward to the day when you will see her again.

  9. Sad to hear of the loss of your dear Gran. May she ever in your memory live.

  10. lunatique77 says:

    What a bliss to live up to that age and still being able to participate! The loss hurts but do treasure the memories and draw strength from them! All the best!

  11. sueslaght says:

    Sincere sympathy on the passing of your Gran. Peace to all.

  12. Sorry for your loss Ed. Love the poem and the photo of her.

  13. Jo Woolf says:

    A lovely tribute, and I send you my very deep sympathy.

  14. Condolences Ed, but what a great long life and how brilliant you could share so much of your own life with her. Be thankful for her being with you to guide you on your travels. Peace, 🍀

  15. Ali Isaac says:

    It’s strange how, in our hearts we know that our elders aren’t going to always be around, yet it’s still such a shock when they leave. I like the thought that your Gran is embarking on her next great adventure, there’s something comforting about that. Did you take that photo? She has such a mischievous sparkle in her eye which much belies her years! She looks full of fun!

  16. I’m sorry for your loss. Now you need to keep your great memories in your mind, and she can live there forever.
    The people, that I have lost in my life, live in my mind and I often think at them in a kind and thankful way. I’m happy, I was allowed to know them in their time.

  17. bamauthor says:

    So sorry to hear that news….The poem is a beautiful tribute!

  18. Elina says:

    Condolences Ed. She lived such a long life, wow. And she sounds like a wonderful person. A great idea to celebrate her life!

  19. viapina says:

    Many happy returns Beautiful Nan. Beautiful Ed, Beautiful Poem. Souls and love never dies, Love Pina

  20. seaangel4444 says:

    Bless her, Ed. Big hugs, Cher xo

  21. So sorry for your loss. This is a great tribute to her!

  22. Java Girl says:

    Hugs….. What a wonderful tribute to her.

  23. Majka says:

    She will smile forever now.. God bless her and your family

  24. mcsirishart says:

    So sorry for you loss Ed, l am sure you photos gave her great pleasure, she must have been so proud of you

  25. I’m so sorry for your loss. How I love that portrait of your gran. The poem is a perfect tribute.

  26. She has a beautiful smile that says it all and this post is a lovely hug for her. So sorry for the loss of your dear gran. Loved ones like her watch over us always.

  27. Sincere condolences. What a beautiful and fitting tribute to your Gran!

  28. Maggie Beck says:

    A lovely tribute. It is in the stories that we share with our own children that those we love continue to have a presence and an influence in the lives of the subsequent generations. I am sorry for your loss, Ed.

  29. Jennay says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I know how hard this can be. I lost my dear Mamaw last September. Still think about her every single day. I hope you find comfort and peace in the memories you have had with her over the years.

  30. Raising a metaphorical glass of whiskey to your Gran (despite being Scottish I don’t like whiskey)


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