Memorial Days

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

200-July 19

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”—Christopher Crowfield

The clock read 12:40 A.M. My heart hammered as I gripped the telephone, listening to my sister, Jane.

“Mom’s been taken to the hospital in critical condition.”

“I’m on my way,” I replied. I jumped out of bed, pulled on pants and a tee shirt, grabbed my purse, and was out the door. Alone in the car, I thought about mom. Bright and cheerful, she had just been to her 50th high school reunion, played golf with her friends, and baked a pie for the Memorial Day dinner we were having tomorrow. What had happened?

I finally screeched into the hospital parking lot and rushed to the nurses’ station. “I’m here for Nell Campbell.”

A blond nurse, her face a symphony of sympathy, glided over and took my hand. I knew then that mom was gone.

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I got a message from a friend that her dear husband of 23 years died suddenly on a Sunday afternnoon. I was shocked and saddened by the news, and thought of my own dear ones who are no longer with us here on Earth.

As I searched for a sympathy card, I remembered one I had sent to a friend many years ago that had the most beautiful message. It was the story of a rose that grew through a wall where, though it could no longer be seen, was still alive and growing.

I found that very same card! So here is the sentiment for those of you who grieve for lost loved ones:

The Rose Beyond the Wall – from the writings of A.L. Frink

Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in the Sun’s light,
Watered and fed by the morning dew,
Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive–
The rose still grows beyond the wall,

Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forevermore.