When We Must Say Goodbye

Saying the Final Goodbye

Saying the Final Goodbye

Saying that final goodbye is never easy. Right now, I am now facing the loss of another close relative. As I watch the family struggling with the reality of these last days together and trying to keep their loved one as comfortable as possible, my heart is breaking into a million pieces.

Going through the process of losing a loved one most always brings to mind what a vital role this person played in our day-to-day lives. That certain word, that life-changing deed, that special moment of laughter, that certain glance, even that precious smile…never to touch your heart again.

Every day, bring to mind those thoughts of someone especially dear to you, and be thankful. Don’t hesitate to tell people just how very much they mean to you. Say, “I love you”, every chance you get. Don’t let a moment pass without they know they added some beauty to your world; for one day, their presence will be sorely missed.

Life is short; it is but a mist…here today; fading tomorrow. Make sweet memories that will cause your heart to smile and will stay with you, even after the tears have been brushed away.

One Day Soon

That day soon approaches for me to depart.
This life here will end, and a new one will start.
My loved ones and I will then speak our goodbyes.
The last breath I take will bring tears to our eyes.

 Just one final beating of this restless heart.
One fading, “I love you”, my soul will impart.
I’ll kiss and embrace them to seal our sweet love;
Then start on my journey to heaven, above.

 My eyes will soon open to God’s Holy Place.
I’ll gaze with amazement at His gentle face.
My knees will bow humbly as I worship Him—
The One Who died for me—the Lion, the Lamb.

 My voice may be speechless; the words may not come,
For I will be awestruck at God’s only Son.
Such splendor, I’ve never envisioned on earth.
His beauty will outshine conceivable worth.

 His love will enthrall me; my heart will then weep.
How is it I’m counted as one of His sheep?
Although I’m so humbled, my tears cannot flow.
He dried them, each one, as my grief stopped below.

 That time soon approaches; draws closer each day.
Dear loved ones, I’ll miss you, but I cannot stay.
So don’t feel abandoned as we say goodbye;
For Jesus is waiting, and homeward I’ll fly.

 © 2011 Doris Hayes Gibson
All Rights Reserved

About Heart Written: Doris Hayes Gibson

My name is Doris Hayes Gibson. My life revolves around Jesus Christ, my Creator, my Redeemer, the Lord of my worship, and the Hope for my tomorrow. My passion is to illustrate God's beauty and love through poetry and song lyrics. I have created hundreds of framed poetry images. Some were gifts of encouragement; some to honor a memory of a loved one, and some were created to help someone celebrate a special occasion. After living out of state for several years, I am, once again, residing in the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina. I have three grown children, five grandchildren, and a blue tortoiseshell Burmese cat. Illustrating God's beauty and love through words of poetry is my deepest passion. Although I have always enjoyed writing, it wasn't until 2005 (when God shut one door) that I realized He was opening the door of a tremendous opportunity to see Him use me in a spectacular way. While I do not claim any greatness of ability in any shape or form, I do know that God brought me through many trials and heartaches for such a time as this. I am now able to share this gift of poetry, with which He has blessed me, to magnify Him through blessing others. I Peter 4:10,11 states: "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." Through my writings, my main goal is to edify Christ. If I have touched one person in a positive way through this ministry, I know it will be worth every effort I put into my work. As I have said before, "This is My Labor of Love...but God's Work of Art." My first book, Heart Written - Breaking Free, was published in November of 2012. It is my prayer that it will reach countless souls and bless lives in tremendous ways. In 2014, my second book, Heart Written - Calling Me, was published. My third and fourth books, Heart Written - Cleansing River and Heart Written - Guarded Treasures, are now available. Please visit any online bookstore to purchase my books or contact me for your personally signed copies of my Heart Written series.
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2 Responses to When We Must Say Goodbye

  1. Doris, I vowed last year I would never say the I’m sorry that doesn’t begin to touch someone’s pain. I loathed hearing that. The poetry just seems to flow from you. If you missed it, I think you might see yourself in my recent poem BEREFT. I don’t expect a response on it. You have enough going on. Just hope to bless you, my friend. I’d like to say more, but I already did in there. Diana


  2. Diana, I truly thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. I did check your blog, “Bereft”, and commented. It meant so much for you to contact and direct me to your writing. I certainly needed those words. May God bless you for your concern and kindness. Much love, Doris


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