Now That I Am Gone

The outpouring of sympathy cards has been overwhelming.

Having started and stopped many times over the past two weeks, I finally sat down today and sorted through them...beginning the process of acknowledging the heart-felt outpouring of love and sympathy from the many, many people touched by the life and spirit of Julie Newell.

One of the cards was from a long-time IEA buddy of Julie's. Inside the card was a folded piece of paper...a poem. On the back of the poem was written a note:


I wanted to share this with you. This was given to me when my mother died.

When I read the poem, I could tell that this was something with which Julie would have definitely identified.

Therefore, I've decided to pass it on...

Now that I am gone,

Remember me with smiles and laughter.

And if you need to cry,

Cry with your brother and sister

Who walk in grief beside you.

And when you need me,

Put your arms around anyone

And give to them what you need to give to me.

There are so many who need so much.

I want to leave with you something-

Something much better than words or sounds.

Look for me in the people Iíve known

Or helped in some special way.

Let me live in your heart

As well as in your mind.

You can love me most

By letting your love reach out to your loved ones,

By embracing them and living in their love.

Love does not die, people do.

So when all thatís left of me is love,

Give me away as best you can.