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Beyond Absence

A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings On Death and Remembrance

Collected by Edward Searl 

Perfect for composing eulogies and reading at memorials and funerals, Beyond Absence is also the ideal resource for the private occasions surrounding a death such as sympathy and condolence cards, offering comfort to the bereaved and personal reflection during mourning and recovery.

Passages from Beyond Absence:

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.

─William Shakespeare

What has been plaited cannot be unplaited─ Only the strands grow richer with each loss.
─May Sarton

We are always saying farewell in this world, always standing at the edge of a loss, attempting to retrieve some human meaning from the silence, something which was precious and is gone.
─Adlai Stevenson

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom
─Psalm 90:12

Edward Searl, a minister for more than 25 years, is author of In Memoriam: A Guide to Modern Funeral and Memorial Services. He is the editor of a series of quotation collections that includes Bless This Child, Coming of Age, We Pledge Our Hearts and In Praise of Animals, published by Skinner House Books.

For more information contact skinnerhouseatuuadotorg.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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