I don't know where this came from, someone named Strangis heard it and recorded it as John Wayne spoke at the funeral of director Howard Hawks in 1977
"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 sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hust,I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there.
I did not die.
Carried this clipping since my son passed Jean, and my wifes brothers son also.
All way before their time and all way before us.
Take care of yourself and family now they need you more than ever and everyone knows you did everything you could for Kyle.
Wow, I had to go back for a few edits, couldn't hold back either.
It never gets easier you just have to do the best you can. Remember those good times and cherish those memories.
Rest in Piece Brother Kyle, you were here for only a short time, but, to those of us who knew you and where lucky enough to have met you, we shall rest easy that when it is our time to go, that we will be with you once again.
They say time heals all wounds, I can only pray this to be true, my heart felt and deepest sympathy to his family. I pray that in their time of need they turn to God and ask for the pain to be removed and the emptyness by their loss filled with the joy that Kyle gave to them. I know what is like to lose a father,but, to lose one of my 2 boys would kill me inside, I can only lift them up in prayer.
This was one of the 2 Quote on the funeral cards at my fathers funeral, the other was the Traditional Irish Blessing, which I have both.