It was my mother-in-law's funeral on Tuesday.  I wrote and read this as a message from her to everyone present.  Too many personal references to explain even if I wanted to.


You might have sorrow in your hearts and grieve for me today

And that is right and proper when loved ones pass away

But only weep for me this once but after, come what may,

Remember all the happy times we had.


There’s friends now gone and friends still here who’d walk mile after mile

You tennis friends and dancing friends – remember me and smile

You friends from Notton Village be glad and laugh awhile

Remembering all the happy times we had.


To all my close relations and my wider family

Rest assured you're in my thoughts as you remember me

So raise a smile and glass today or just a cup of tea

And chat about the happy times we had.


For Judith and for Michael I burst with love and pride

For Sarah and Samantha too – your hearts have burst inside

But promise me you’ll weep this once and when your tears have dried

You’ll laugh about the happy times we had.


And David, though I gave no sign I heard those nursery rhymes

So see me not as I’d become but see me in my prime

For if there is an afterlife we’ll surely meet in time

And live again the happy times we had.


Remember, friends, the happy times we had.




And I will add to Maureen’s thoughts, though I need add no more

She was as wife and mother the best you ever saw

And likewise as a grandma too and as my mother-in-law

Thankyou, Maureen, for the happy times we had.

◄ BOP IT !



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John Coopey

Sat 20th May 2023 08:18

Thankyou Philip. I use mp3player. It’s free.

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Philip Stevens

Fri 19th May 2023 23:25

The recordings sound great john, and the poems. What do use to record.

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John Coopey

Fri 19th May 2023 22:53

Thanks MC, for your kind thoughts and Clare for the Like.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 19th May 2023 17:29

Touching in its simple realisation of how death is best coped
with - from both sides of the event. No frills...just plain honest
sentiment that is a nod to the good times that make life worth
living. Well said, JC. You've done her proud with this posting.

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John Coopey

Fri 19th May 2023 09:40

Many thanks, Graham, Uilleam, Stephen. It was easier to write than read.
And thanks for the Likes, Keith, JG and Pete.

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 19th May 2023 07:40

A great poem in every way, John.


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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Fri 19th May 2023 07:01


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Graham Sherwood

Thu 18th May 2023 22:54

Just about perfect John! We’ll done sir.

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