Wednesday, November 12, 2008

In Memory of...

My grandmother passed away today, November 12, after a long struggle with too many ailments to count. While we wanted to be with her, she chose to go in the quiet hours of the early morning. Marjorie Parisi has left our presence and returned to our Heavenly Father and those family and friends who preceded her. "I am standing up on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: 'There, she is gone!' 'Gone where?' Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: 'There, she is gone!' There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'Here she come!' And that is dying. -Henry Van Dyke


  1. I'm so sorry Lisa. That must be so hard. I will be devastated when my grams dies. She is a few weeks away from turning 96 (I think). My sympathy is with you and your family at this time.

  2. That was beautiful and I miss her too. At least you made me miss her. I was raised by my grandma - it's hard, even with the gospel, the gospel just softens the edges.


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