To the Departed

Please join me in sending love and light and all the healing prayers you can muster for those suffering from the devastation left behind the wake of the storms that have been plaguing the South. It all seems so unprecedented. Makes me wonder if this is all a part of the coming Shift. My heart bleeds for those who have lost loved ones.

This poem, written by our beloved Robert, is perhaps one of the most touching pieces I’ve read in a long time. Word after poignant word, he shares how 26 deceased loved ones have helped mold him into the the wise and compassionate spiritual being that he is. This made me reflect on just how important each person who crosses our path truly is. They’re like a single golden thread that, when woven together with others, creates the tapestry of our life. Thanks for sharing this with us, Robert.


to the departed

grand dad died

long before i came into Being.

yet, not even Death

can make silent the lessons of Life.

yours taught me

how one can leave an enduring Legacy

of empowerment, kindness, and an absence of judgement.


grandma carried within the gift of nurturing.

she taught me how to care for others;

how to be appreciative of all things.


billy, beth, and mandy

gave me the ability

to see past another’s disabilities

and cherish the small slivers of time

self-gifted to ourselves.


jendra displayed endless happiness

and showed me how to illuminate

a shadowed soul.


carol was a beacon of perseverance.

keep trying was her donation to me.


from grandpa i learned

how a lifetime of pain and regret

can twist the Heart.



if you only knew all i saw in you.

you showed me quiet strength

and how a Spirit can suffer in silence.



small talk was your gift to me.


lee was a pillar of sensitivity;

a ferocious defender of one’s self.

no nonsense.

thank you for showing me i am not a door mat.


in allen,

i found that self expression

is an act of Love.



you profoundly changed me

with the gifts of Knowing

unconditional, true romantic love

and the pain of having it taken away.


david opened my eyes

to the End of Life Truth.

it is a time of closure.

it is a place of profound awakenings.


smiles and laughter

are suffering’s antidote

and a perceptive Soul’s sword and shield.

i carry them always

in remembrance of you, Don.

my friend joe,

i thank you for showing me kindness

and that it is never too late

to follow your dreams.



had i never known you

would i have ever seen humility?


chuck and tony

both taught me humor.

a most valuable lesson, indeed.


chris was the older brother i never had.

thank you for taking me under your wing,

for showing me how to embrace the primal aspects of life,

for teaching me that fear is an illusion.


take time away from responsibility.

get lost in the pleasures of hobby.

these were jeff’s benefactions.



i discovered how to forgive because of you.

your greatest gift, however,

was that Death is not a bringer of dread.

it is a beautiful, pleasant, joyful re-awakening.

i could ask for nothing more.


fearlessly stand up for the defenseless,

even if it means losing your life.

you gave me that gift

dear brody.


roy taught me loyalty

and to do what is best for you

regardless of the pain

one’s decision brings to others.


your’s was a slow, humbling exit,

dearest sue.

still, in spite of that perceived harsh experience

i learned we can always maintain

grace, empathy, and compassion.



had it not been for you

i’d have never seen how important it is

to remember the best part of

what once was.

erik is the disincarnate friend

i never knew could be.

in your care i discovered

Death is merely a transformation.

please accept this acknowledgement

of the lessons you provide.

i am forever in your debt.


my existence has been a series

of blessings expressed in human form.

each life helped me rediscover

Who I Am.

each enlightened my soul.


these humble words

convey my gratitude

to the departed,

to the catalysts

of my expansion.

robert f burke

april 25, 2011

Lovely. By the way, Jamie will probably have the program details on her website by Monday, including a way for us to make reservations. Steve will work on economical lodgings in the area.


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