Friday, July 17, 2015

Miss Me - But Let Me Go

You may have noticed things have been quiet here on my blog, and on all of my social media accounts for that matter, (and thanks to those of you that sent me private messages to double check things were okay) for the last couple of weeks, but it was all for good reason, my family and I traveled to Alaska to scatter my cousin Jake's ashes.  The trip was amazing!  I can understand why my cousin enjoyed his Make-A-Wish trip 11 years ago to Alaska and ultimately decided that he wanted his ashes scattered there.  Alaska was beautiful, peaceful and it gave me a sense of freedom and rejuvenation.  I feel so honored and privileged to have been able to go to Alaska and to be invited to be apart of my cousin's ash scattering.  I've got a couple Alaska blog posts rattling around in my brain that I'll plan on sharing within the next couple of weeks (but I need to go through my ~400 photos first).  In the meantime, I'd like to share a poem that was included in my cousin's ash scattering.  It meant a lot to me and I hope it means a lot to you.

Miss Me - But Let Me Go, Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau, Alaska
A view from the Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau, Alaska

Miss Me - But Let Me Go
By Edgar A. Guest

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little - but not too long
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared, 
Miss me - but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
and each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
go to friends we know
and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me - but let me go!

This month my Comments for a Cause are going to Make-A-Wish Kansas City, who granted my cousin's wish 11 years ago, which led him to having one of the best times of his life, and now has given my whole family peace in so many ways.  Our trip really helped things come full circle for me.  So please comment below, or on any post in my blog to go towards my family's monthly donation.


  1. I too know several families who benefited from the Make a Wish program. What a wonderful organization! I look forward to your future posts.

    1. It is a great program that I am proud to support and volunteer for.

  2. The poem was beautiful, Val. I am eager to see some of the sights you saw!

    1. Thanks Kelli! I'm eager to share more about Alaska too!

  3. That's a beautiful poem. I can't wait to see your pics!

  4. Beautiful. I'm happy for you to get to lay your cousin to rest in such a beautiful place!