Words of Consolation


It is especially sad for anyone to lose a loved one during the holidays. Our daughter is a registered nurse who cares for the sick and dying on a routine basis.  When she was inconsolable caring for a young man in his early twenties, I suggested I would compose a poem of comfort to share with his family.  He passed as she was on her way home for a visit with us, but she wrote a card and enclosed the poem for his family.  I revised it for another family who lost a loving daughter too soon in life, and my husband passed this on to those in grief.  I share this poem with you, my readers, who may also be in similar circumstances.  May you always have the loving warmth of family and friends nearby to comfort and console in your hour of need.


A Comfort Prayer

Be at peace and comforted in the knowledge
that God has chosen you to come be with Him
in heaven today. God is giving you the greatest
Guardian Angel today. We may not understand.

We may mourn relentlessly, but be at peace,
knowing that God is with you on earth and your
son, the newest Guardian Angel will watch over
you until you see one another again.

Love knows no boundaries. We don’t understand
God’s plan for us. But you are never alone in
this world or in the next. God sometimes picks
his youngest to leave the earthly suffering.

It is incomprehensible that a parent has
to bury a child. In the depths of your sorrow,
be at peace with yourself. You did your
best. God does not ask for more.

Find solace in the Lord. Ask Him what
He wants from you. Pray to Him and to
your son who will want you to be happy.
It is not for us to understand.

It is for us to trust. Trust in the Lord
and try to live in peace on earth
and do good deeds to help others.
God has chosen well today and always.

Be at peace. Your son had loving
nurses to ease his pain and in his
hour of need, He has also given
you a listening ear and love.

Be at peace now. Rest.
God loves you greatly.
He always has and He
always will. Amen.


Thanks to my talented niece and photographer Sally for many of her photos from Costa Rica.  Her blog can be found at rosedevi.blogspot.com/


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14 Responses to Words of Consolation

  1. How beautiful and kind of you and your family.

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  2. Joseph Morra says:

    Wonderful blog Mary Ann; I am sure it will console many hurting hearts!

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  3. It’s a very moving poem and it is difficult for those who care for the young and dying. It affected my daughter when she nursed leukaemia patients.

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  4. Emily says:

    Wonderful blog thank you so much 🙂 I loved it

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  5. Arno Bode,cologne ,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    welch liebevoll geschriebener Beitrag von Dir.
    Deiner Tochter Emily kann ich nur meine Hochachtung aussprechen für Ihre Entscheidung ,einen Beruf gewählt zu haben,indem Sie mit Ihrer Kraft Anderen Hilfe und Beistand leistet.Das Thema Ableben ist ein Sachverhalt den man meistens verdrängt.Emily wünsche ich,daß Sie die seelische und nervliche Stärke behält um Ihre Berufung für das Wohl anderer Menschen zu erfüllen.
    Du,liebe mary Ann hast Deinen Bericht wieder mit wunderbaren Naturbildern unterlegt die den Wunsch nach Frieden und friedlichem Leben ünterstützt.
    Dir und Deiner Familie alles Liebe und alle guten Wünsche für die Zukunft.
    Dein Arno

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    • I view Emily’s career with great admiration. It is not an easy task for a nurse to deal with the dying on an almost daily basis. She knows and does her work with loving caring. More importantly, she knows how to take care of herself. She also has a strong faith to sustain her. I am proud of her career choice as well. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Thank you, Arno.


  6. Bun Karyudo says:

    In such tragic situations, it’s so difficult to know what to say. I hope your poem brought some measure of comfort to the families who received it, Mary Ann.

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    • Thank you, Bun. It did. Also many others who were mourning. I agree it is difficult to know what to say sometimes. I think the mere presence of a friend with a hug or touch is enough. I take my cues from others and simply listen to the silence and say a prayer. My poem was written with the patient my daughter cared for, but I have since learned that others have used it as a consolation. Thank you for your kind comment.

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