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A Poem, "What if I should die?

Updated on September 18, 2014

What would you do if I should die?

What would you do,

If I should die?

I know you would mourn,

I know you would cry.

How would it be,

when I have passed?

Would you give up on life,

as though its your last?

I'd rather you remember me,

as when I was alive.

Embracing life

and the ability to thrive.

Of course you will miss me,

I know that to be true.

But please don't give up,

just begin as new.

Don't isolate yourself,

and become alone.

Keep our family close,

and open our home.

As everyone sits around

the table to eat.

Make funny jokes about me,

you know, the one about my feet.

Rejoice in that

Heaven has opened its gate.

Don't be mad at God,

and be filled with hate.

One day we shall all, meet again.

For now, your life continues.

My death does not mean

that your life is to end.


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      AL Chatigny 

      14 months ago

      My husband died suddenly last week. I read your poem and it was as if he was talking to me. Brought such comfort to me. May I have permission to print this? I would footnote your name as author.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      23 months ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for reading and responding to this. I haven't written in awhile as there has been so much sadness taking place in my life. Your kind and inspirational words has helped in a time of sadness.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Birth/Death/Rebirth of these Death is the shortest, just a "twinkling of the eye." The birth into mortality is a transition from our preexistence to the growth, tests, and trials of life, but determines so much of what follows Death. Be ready to go with a clear conscience, having repented of mistakes and sought forgiveness from those who were wronged. Rebirth is meant to be forever. May it be so for you as well.

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      Larry Rankin 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful poem. It shows us that though this life may be fleeting and full of strife, we should spend our majority of time focusing on the good moments.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Smilealot. Yes no one whats to think about death, but it is a subject that we all my face.

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      4 years ago

      I think we have probably all thought about how our loved ones would remember us after we have gone, would they think more of the happy times, rather than the loss?...although a sad subject you captured very well the inevitable emotions and heavy hearted thoughts that go hand in hand with it :-))

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for stopping by to read Au Fait. My family thought this was a very sad thing to write about. However death is a part of life and we need to think about making arrangements. I work in a nursing home and many times the loved ones are left to make arrangements. It is important no matter what age that we have An Advance Directive/Living Will.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Taking time to grieve is so important, but one must also start getting out and about and involved again at a reasonable time. It isn't a matter of leaving a loved one behind to move forward because we take that loved one with us in our heart. A precious memory to which we will hopefully add many more with new experiences and friends.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Frank, that is a huge compliment coming from you. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      what if I should die.. kinda chilled me.. wow... I got goose-bumps.. or is it goose pimples?

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is true Flourish. When we think of death do we really think of those we leave behind. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Jackie. Not many people want to think about death, however someday it will happen. Hopefully much later in life. Thank you for reading.

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      4 years ago from USA

      It is a difficult thing to consider that we will leave loved ones behind. I ponder it often but not in a sorrowful way.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Death is a very important part of life and learning to not fear it lets us live life more fully; knowing death is imminent but life is everlasting. You did a beautiful job with very good points.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you James for reading this hub. I hope when it is our time to go, we leave good memories for our loved ones.

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      4 years ago from Morocco

      Some people come,others go.That's part of life ! What it matters is how those you left behind would remember you !


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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Jodah. This is what I wanted to accomplish when I wrote it.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Death isn't a pleasant subject but you've approached it very well with this beautiful poem. Voted up.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      A very beautiful poem. Death is an imminent and universal phenomenon. But we grieve the death of our dear ones. We often miss them, whenever we are joyous or sad in life. But the life moves on as it is doing since time immemorial. We have to move on, to make room for others.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you MsDora. I know many of us do not want to think about dying, but we should think about what happens to the loved ones we leave behind. When God feels it is my time, I want the hub I wrote to be on my prayer card or read at my wake.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      So selfless and thoughtful. A giving attitude like yours makes death less sinister to those who are left behind. You've answered the questions they would probably asked. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you WritinginRichmond, most people do not want to think of death. However it is something that will happen one day. Hopefully much later in our life.

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      4 years ago

      Death is such an emotionally difficult topic for most. Your lovely poem offers strength through encouragement and honesty. Thank you for sharing!


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