Our daughter was amazing. Despite her condition she was full of spirit and fight and she constantly amazed us with her strength.
She was beautiful, and brought so much happiness to our lives. Her funeral was held on May 30th. The sun shone, and a crowded church laid testament to the impact such a small young girl had had on this world. We were so very proud.
At her funeral, this poem was read out. We think it describes perfectly how we feel at the loss of our lovely girl. It is by Edgar Guest.
“I’ll lend you for a little while,
a child of mine” God said,
“for you to love her while she lives,
and mourn for when she’s dead.
It may be two or three short years,
or twenty-two or three,
but will you, till I call her back,
take care of her for me?
She’ll bring her charms to gladden you,
and should her stay be brief,
you’ll have her lovely memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over
in my search for teacher’s true,
and from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give her all your love?
Nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to call,
to take her back again?”
God fancied he heard the parent’s say,
“Dear Lord, thy will be done.
For all the joy the child shall bring,
the risk of grief I’ll run.
I’ll shelter her with tenderness,
I’ll love her while I may,
and for the happiness I’ve known
forever grateful I’ll stay.
But should the angels call for her,
much sooner than I planned,
I’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.”
Although her parting has left a huge hole in our lives, we have been enriched by her presence. To us, she was perfect.
Sleep tight our precious angel. We love you and miss you.
Mummy & Daddy xxx