Does your heart ache for what was, what has passed on?
The actor and comedian Martin Short lost his beloved wife of 30 years (and the mother of his children) to cancer.
She was a radiant woman - vivacious, funny, loving.
Anguished, Short understandably found it hard to face each day.
But he learned to take solace in the words penned more than 100 years ago by an Oxford theologian.
Here they are:
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old, familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
To all of this, we would add that love endures. Love is eternal. And that love is still there -- right beside you. Take its hand. Confide in it. Walk with it, laugh with it, live with that love!