Close your eyes.
Listen for my footfall in your heart.
I am not gone but merely walk within you.
My mum loved poetry, both to read it and write it. After she died I found Christina Rosetti's poem 'Remember' bookmarked in four of her many poetry books she collected. My daughter, Rosie, read this at her funeral.
In 2000 Mum had her poem 'Last Wish' published in a book. We also read this at her funeral. The Camel estuary is in north Cornwall where she served in the Wrens and she loved so much. She requested that her ashes be scattered here.
Lay me down in the Camel river
Where there's a sight of the sea,
And I shall rest
In the waiting west
Where I belong to be.
Let me lie in the Camel river
When the tide is easy and slow, And I shall sleep
In the dreaming deep
When it is time to go.
No mournful songs or sermons,
Only the sound of the sea,
And if larks ascending
Sing at my ending,
There's Heaven enough for me.
We also had Vaughan Williams' 'A Lark Ascending' played at her funeral.