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   For Mother or Sister

   For Father or Brother

   For Daughter or Wife

   Tribute to Parents

   For Husband or Son

   For a Child

   General Tributes

   Parents

For Mother or Sister   (Top of page)

1.
Loves greatest gift -- Remembrance

2.
But O, for the touch of a vanish'd hand, And the sound of a voice that is still!

3.
God bless thee wheresoe'er thou art
In His great universe today.

4.
Though years may pass before we see
Our Mother's face once more,
The faith she taught us at her knee,
Will lead at last to Heaven's door.

5.
The depths of sorrow we cannot tell,
Of the loss of one we loved so well,
And while she sleeps a peaceful sleep,
Her memory we shall always keep.

6.
In our home she is fondly remembered,
Sweet memories cling to her name,
Those who loved her in life sincerely
Still love her in death just the same.

7.
In all the world we shall not find
A heart so wonderfully kind,
So soft a voice, so sweet a smile,
An inspiration so worthwhile,
A sympathy so sure, so deep,
A love so beautiful to keep.

8.
Time may heal the broken heart,
Time may make the wound less sore,
But time can never stop the longing
For the loved one gone before.

9.
Take her in Thine arms, dear Lord,
And ever let her be
A messenger of love
Between our hearts and Thee.

10.
None knew her but to love her,
None named her but in praise.

11.
"Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now our loved one sleeping."

12.
Memory, however sad, is the link
With this world and a better.

13.
In our hearts your memory lingers,
Sweetly tender fond and true,
There is not a day dear mother,
That we do not think of you.

14.
Sad is the heart of her parents,
Yet brave as she'd want us to be,
Consoled by the thought of meeting
On the shore of eternity.

15.
There's a sad but sweet remembrance,
There is a memory fond and true;
And a token of affection mother,
And a heartache still for you.

16.
Dear mother, sleep thy last sleep,
Free from all care and sorrow,
Rest, where none weep, til the 
Eternal morrow.

17.
We do not forget her,
We love her too dearly
For her memory to fade from 
Our lives like a dream.
Our lips need not speak
When our hearts mourn sincerely,
For grief often dwells
Where it seldom is seen.

18.
Upright and just in all her ways,
Loyal and true through all her days,
Silently suffered, patiently bore,
God took her home to suffer no more.

19.
Oh how patient in thy suffering
When no hand could give thee ease,
God, the helper of the helpless,
Saw pain and gave thee peace.

20.
Time takes away the edge of grief
But memory turns back every leaf.

21.
Peaceful be thy rest, dear mother,
It is sweet to breathe thy name;
As in life we loved you dearly,
So in death we do the same.

22.
Today recalls sad memories
Of a dear mother gone to rest,
And the one who thinks of her today
Is the one who loved her best.

23.
Jesus said I am the Resurrection, and
The life; he that believeth in Me
Though he were dead, yet shall he live.

24.
There is a long and winding road
Along which we must go
It leads beyond the hills of time
Into the sunset glow.
But only for a little while
Our loved one leaves our sight
For just beyond the hills
She waits in God's eternal light.

For Father or Brother   (Top of page)

25.
He had a nature you could not help loving,
And a heart that was purer than gold:
And to those who knew him and 
loved him,
His memory will never grow old.

26.
His helping hand was always first
To render any aid he could;
His voice was always raised in praise,
His words were wise and good.
Dear father, since you've gone away,
The ones you loved so true,
Try hard to carry on the way,
We know you'd want us to.

27.
His memory is as dear today,
As in the hour he passed away.

28.
All his toils and conflicts o'er,
Lo, he dwells with Christ above;
Oh, what glories he's discovered
In the Saviour whom he loved.

29.
You're not forgotten father, dear,
Nor ever shall you be;
As long as life and memory last
We shall remember thee.

30.
He suffered patiently and long,
His hope was bright, his faith was strong,
The peace of Jesus filled his breast,
And in His arms he sank to rest.

31.
Rest in peace, dear loving father,
Ten long years have passed away,
You are gone, but still are living
In the hearts of those who stay.

32.
His life was earnest, his actions kind,
A generous hand and an active mind,
Anxious to please, loath to offend,
A loving brother and faithful friend.

33.
Broken is the family circle,
Our dear one is passed away,
Passed from earth and earthly
darkness
Into bright and perfect day;
But we all must cease to languish
O'er the grave of him we love,
Strive to be prepared to meet him,
In the better world above.

34.
Your presence is ever near us,
Your love remains with us yet,
You were the kind of a father,
Your loved ones would never forget.

35.
Death is a going home. It is a door,
into the larger life and into the greater
story, where the wounded of life are healed and the tears of life are dried.
And the broken hearts are mended with the balm of Gilead, given by the
Great Physician there.

36.
To one we will never forget
His absence to us is a sorrow
His loss we will always regret.

37.
But still the empty chair
Reminds us of the face, the smile,
Of one who once sat there.

38.
Not dead, but passed beyond,
The mist that binds us here
Into the newer, larger life,
Of that unclouded sphere.

39.
God took him home, it was His will,
But in our hearts we love him still;
His memory is as dear today
As in the hour he passed away.
We often sit and think of him
When we are alone,
For memory is the only friend
That grief can call its own.

40.
We cannot Lord, Thy purpose see,
But all is well that's done by Thee.

41.
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.

42.
Still ever near us, though unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread,
For all the boundless universe
Is life--there are no dead.

43.
Life is ever Lord of death,
And love can never lose its own.

44.
Only the memory's left,
Of the happiness we knew,
But the love that kindled memory's torch,
Will feed it my whole life through.

45.
We saw not the angels who met him there
The gates of the city we cannot see;
Over the river, over the river,
My brother stands waiting to welcome me.

46.
There is a long and winding road
Along which we must go
It leads beyond the hills of time
Into the sunset glow.
But only for a little while
Our loved one leaves our sight
For just beyond the hills
He waits in God's eternal light.

47.
What we would give if we could say
Hello, Dad, in the same old way;
To hear your voice, see your smile,
To sit with you and chat awhile.
So you who have a father
Cherish him with care,
For you'll never know the heartache,
Till you see his vacant chair.

48.
Only the memory's left, dear wife,
Of the happiness we knew;
But the love that kindled memory's torch,
Will feed it my whole life through.

For Daughter or Wife   (Top of page)

49.
None knew her but to love her,
None named her but in praise.

50.
Till memory fades and life departs
You live forever in our hearts.

51.
"Father in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now our loved one sleeping."

52.
Memory, however sad, is the link
With this world and a better.

53.
In loving memory of our daughter,
These are things death can not sever,
Age, tears, pain nor cruel care,
Can harm her or enter memory's hall,
She that we loved, beautiful and fair,
From life's dangers now secure is she,
Lovely she was, lovely she shall be.

54.
Sad is the heart of her parents,
Yet brave as she'd want us to be,
Consoled by the thought of meeting
On the shore of eternity.

55.
I dream of you, dear loved one,
And see your smiling face,
And know that you are happy
In your Father's chosen place.

56.
Time takes away the edge of grief
But memory turns back every leaf.

57.
Her loving face I hope to see again,
Though the days have passed away,
Sleep on, dear wife, and take your rest,
They miss you most who loved you best.

58.
Sunshine fades and shadows fall,
But sweet remembrance outlasts all.

59.
Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon thy Saviour's breast,
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best.

60.
No pen can write, no tongue can tell
My sad and bitter loss,
But God alone has helped so well
To bear my heavy cross.

61.
Upright and just in all her ways,
Loyal and true through all her days,
Silently suffered, patiently bore,
God took her home to suffer no more.

Tribute to Parents   (Top of page)

62.
Dear parents, so gentle, good, and kind,
Look down from Heaven above;
And know that the care you tenderly gave
Is returned in our deathless love.

63.
Because God knew your work was o'er,
Your children taught, and grown,
He called you both to come and dwell,
Where no more work is done;
When the golden sun doth never set,
And the sky's forever blue;
It's there, we hope in God's good time,
Dear parents, to be with you.

For Husband or Son   (Top of page)

64.
Peaceful be thy sleep dear son,
It is sweet to breathe thy name;
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.

65.
Fondly loved and deeply mourned,
Heart of my heart, we miss you so.

66.
Just a token of love's devotion
That our hearts still long for you.

67.
Just when his days seemed brightest,
Just when his hopes seemed best,
God called him from amongst us
To his eternal rest,
Sadly missed, but God knows best.

68.
We cannot Lord, Thy purpose see,
But all is well that's done by Thee.

69.
He had a smile, a pleasant way,
A helping hand to all he knew
He was so kind, so generous and true,
On earth he nobly did his best,
Grant him, Jesus heavenly rest.

70.
The world changes year to year,
And friends from day to day,
But never will the one I loved
From memory pass away.

71.
Just a thought of sweet remembrance,
Just a memory sad and true,
Just the love and sweet devotion,
Of one who thinks of you.

72.
Dear husband, out of the sorrow,
Your absence has brought to my heart,
Have grown fragrant flowers of memory,
To bloom all the years we're apart.

73.
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.

74.
Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear;
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thoughts to reach,
Sweet to remember him who was here,
Who, gone away is just as dear.

75.
Oh, these tender broken ties,
How they dim our aching eyes
But like jewels they will shine
In the morning
When, our anchor firmly cast,
Every stormy wave is past,
We shall meet each other there
In the morning.

76.
God took him home, it was His will,
But in our hearts we love him still,
His memory is as dear today
As in the hour he passed away,
We often sit and think of him
When we are alone,
For memory is the only friend
That grief can call its own.

For a Child   (Top of page)

77.
Sweet little flower of heavenly birth,
She was too fair to bloom on earth,
And, oh the wrench, an angel came,
And took our dear child home.

78.
Dear is the grave, where our darling is laid,
Sweet is the memory that never will fade,
Her little soul, so pure and sweet,
Will blossom at the Saviour's feet.

79.
"Suffer little children to come unto Me."

80.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on his gentle breast.

81.
I cannot hold her little hand,
Or hear her little voice
Still her memory lingers on.

82.
Another sweet flower has withered,
A gem from the casket set free,
A lamb in the fold of the Shepherd,
Who said, "Let them come unto Me."

83.
When the dewy light was fading,
And the sky in beauty smiled,
The angels came into our garden
And picked our sweetest flower.

84.
Oh, say not that our little son is dead;
Believe instead,
That he has left his little trundle bed
To climb the hills,
Of morning, and to share the joy that fills
God's pleasant land of dreams.

85.
We know that when the mighty Angel's raise,
Chorus in Heaven, one little silver tone,
Is ours forever, that one little praise
One little happy voice, is all our own.

86.
The fairest lilies are the first to fall,
The sweetest first to fade,
The fondest dearest, best of all,
At peaceful rest is laid
But in God's garden free from pain,
Where grow His fairest flowers,
We know that we shall meet again,
This fairest bloom of ours.

General Tributes   (Top of page)

87.
Little Angels
When God calls little children
To dwell with him above,
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdom of his love.
For no heartache compares with
the death of one small child
Who does so much to make our world
seem wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling
the aged to his fold,
So, he picks a rosebud
before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them,
and so he takes but a few
To make the land of Heaven
more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult
still somehow we must try,
The saddest word mankind knows
will always be "Goodbye"
So when a little child departs,
we who are left behind
Must realize God loves children,
Angels are hard to find.

88.
The years may wipe out many things
But this they'll wipe out never,
The memory of those happy days
Which we have spent together.

89.
Missed is the touch of your friendly hand,
Gone is your kindness beyond recall;
Gone to a world where peace and
Love are given and gained by all.

90.
Only a memory of bygone days
And a sigh for the face unseen;
A constant feeling that God alone
Knows best what should have been.

91.
Call it not death; it is life beyond
The waters are crossed, home won,
The ransomed spirit is on the shore
Where they weep and suffer no more.

92.
There is a link death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance last forever.

93.
Servant of God well done;
Thy glorious warefare's past;
The battle's fought, the victory won,
And thou art crowned at last.

94.
That unselfish life, it has not died.

95.
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away,
Blessed is the name of the Lord.

96.
I sigh sometimes to see thy face,
But since this cannot be;
I'll leave thee to the care of Him,
Who watcheth thee and me.

97.
Sometimes an old--fashioned song
Brings us a thought of you;
Sometimes a flower as we pass along,
Or a sky that is azure blue;
Or a silver lining in the clouds,
When the sun is peeping through.

98.
You have left a beautiful memory,
But to us who have loved and lost
Your memory will never grow old.
Always a silent heartache
And many a silent tear
But always a beautiful memory
Of one we loved so dear.

99.
Dear to our heart your memory is kept,
We smile with the world but 
will never forget.

100.
Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe
He gives his own, until we 
know even as we are known.
Good night!Good night!Good night!

101.
From the world of pain and sorrow
To the land of Peace and rest,
God has taken you, dear loved one,
Where you have found eternal rest.

102.
You left in such a hurry,
We couldn't believe you were gone,
Why it had to happen we 
thought it all wrong,
Now after several long years
Maybe we understand,
God asked for a special angel,
So, you took His hand.

103.
"Father in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping."

104.
They shall hunger no more, neither
thirst any more.

105.
No one knows the silent heartaches,
Only those who have loved can tell
The grief we bear in silence
For the one we loved so well.

106.
There rests, in flowers, the Garment
that he wore,
In sunlight love and peace,
his calm white soul,
Guides, and protects those,
whom he loved before.

107.
Say not Good Night, but in some
brighter climb bid me Good Morning.

108.
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.

109.
Now the labourer's task is o'er;
Now the battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.

110.
No hand so soft and gentle,
No heart so tender, true,
No sorrow life could bring us
To equal losing you.

111.
They who think that you are gone
Because no more your face they see,
Are wrong, for in our hearts you live,
And always will, in memory.

112.
We miss you, now our hearts are sore
As time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face
No one can fill your place.

113.
They all think I've forgotten
When they see me here or there
If I laugh or tell a joke
They think I no longer care.
But they can't see the pain
That lingers in my heart,
Or know how many tears are shed
In the silent night so dark.

114.
As the days pass by slipping into
months and years, you are still so real in our hearts and minds.
This earthly separation has only 
deepened our love for you.
We know that you share every moment
of our lives as you shower down your love from up above.
Because of what you gave to each and
every one of us, your spirit remains alive in those you touched the most.
You truly were a symbol of so much
and how sad that, that symbol is shared by but a few.

115.
God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put His arms around you
And said "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched
As slowly you passed away.
Though we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
Many times we've needed you
Many times we've cried
If love could have saved you
You never would have died.

116.
Why do I hear your voice
In even the softest wind?
Why do I reach out for you
As each day begins?
Why do I listen for your footsteps
After what seems an endless day?
Why can't I accept the truth
That you have gone away?
Why do I feel your hand
Against my tear--stained cheek?
Why do I torture myself
With this unhappiness I seek?
Why did you go and leave me?
Then I answer with a hush,
"God just didn't understand
I loved you so very much."

Parents   (Top of page)

117.
Three long years have passed by
Since you left for that mansion in the sky,
Where God calls only the very best
To live with Him in eternal rest.
With loving thoughts we remember you each day,
As we travel along our life way;
And we'll wait to see your smiling face
When we, too, have finished that long, long race.

118.
Dear parents, so gentle, good and kind,
Look down from heaven above;
And know that the care you tenderly gave
Is returned in our deathless love.

119.
Because God knew your work was o'er, your children taught, and grown,
He called you both to come and dwell,
Where no more work is done;
Where the golden sun doth never set,
And the sky's forever blue;
It's there, we hope in God's good time,
Dear parents, to be with you.

120.
She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window
In summer by the gate.
And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there.
Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget!
So I think that where she is
She must be watching yet.
Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late--
Watching from Heaven's window
Leaning from Heaven's gate.

121.
It's sad to walk the road alone
In stead of side by side
But to all there comes a moment
When the ways of life divide
You gave us years of happiness
Then the sorrow and the tears
But you left us beautiful memories
We will treasure through the years.

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