In Memory of
Carol Jean Dahl
March 18, 1929 - June 23, 2000

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We thought of you with love today but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday and the day before that too.
We think of you in silence, We often speak your name.
All we have now are memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memories our are keepsake with which we'll never part.
God has you in  his keeping, We have you in our hearts.
It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone.
A part of us went with you, the day God called you home.


In Memory Of You

I find an old photograph and see your smile. As I feel your presence anew,
I am filled with warmth and my heart remembers love.
I read an old card  sent many years ago during a time of turmoil and confusion.
The soothing words written then still caress my spirit and bring me peace.
I remember who you used to be  the laughter we shared
and wonder what you have become. Where are you now, Where did you go,
When the body is left behind and the spirit is released to fly?
Perhaps you are the morning bird  singing joyfully at sunrise,
or the butterfly that dances so carelessly on the breeze
or the rainbow of colors that brightens a stormy sky
or the fingers of afternoon mist  delicately reaching over the mountains
or the final few rays of the setting sun lighting up the skies
edging the clouds with a magical glow.
I miss your being but I feel your presence,
In whatever form you choose to take, however you now choose to be.
Your spirit has become for me a guardian angel on high
guiding, advising, and watching over me.
I remember you. You are with me and I am not afraid.




Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God has laid, You see.
I took His hand when I heard His call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to walk or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found the peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void, then,
Fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh, yes these things too I miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savor much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heats and peace to thee.
GOD wanted me now; HE set me free.
~ Author Unknown ~


If Tomorrow Never Comes

If I knew it would be the last time
that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I would spare an extra minute or two
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would know I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything right.

There will always be another day
to say our "I love you's,"
and certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do's?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget,
tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike.
And today may be the last chance you get
to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day
that you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss,
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
whisper in their ear,
tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear.

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"please forgive me," "thank you," or "it's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.
~ Author Unknown ~



My Grief is Like a River

My grief is like a river--
I have to let it flow,
But I myself determine
Just where the banks will go.

Some days the current takes me
In waves of guilt and pain,
But there are always quiet pools
Where I can rest again.

I crash on rocks of anger--
My faith seems faint indeed,
But there are other swimmers
Who know that what I need

Are loving hands to hold me
When the waters are too swift,
And someone kind to listen
When I just seem to drift.

Grief's river is a process
Of relinquishing the past.
By swimming in Hope's channels
I'll reach the shore at last.
Author Unknown



Momma's Touch

I dreamed of you last night.
You stretched out your arms and hugged me tight
And just for a moment there it seemed
That your touch was real, not just a dream.

I had talked to the lord just hours before.
And told Him "Lord, there is nothing more
That could satisfy or comfort me
Than for my mother's face to see"

God heard my prayer and through His grace
I looked upon your face.
I felt your hug, your love, your touch.
The very things I needed so much.

There is a void in my life still-
A place that no one else can fill.
But precious memories I have of you-
And I have God to lean on too.

So Mom, until that glorious day
We walk hand in hand in Heaven I'll pray
That once again through God's loving grace
I'll feel your touch and see your face.

~ Author Unknown ~

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready, in Heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind, all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized, that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is Eternity, all I've promised you".
Today your life on Earth is past, but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things, you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here,
in your heart.

~ Author Unknown ~


Songs and Readings from the Memorial Service

Footprints In The Sand
One Perfect Rose
To Those I Loved
The Old Rugged Cross
The Next Place
The Church in the Wildwood
Amazing Grace
Wind Beneath My Wings


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