A couple of weeks have passed and as people have struggled to come to terms with Geoffrey’s death, this blog inadvertantly allowed for everyone to expresses their thoughts and create a sense of shared community. I have looked back over all the comments from Geoffrey’s far flung friends and I feel honoured to count myself amongst this community. As we all begin to move on with our lives, I want to leave you with two small thoughts that I found, that when reading may provide a brief pause for reflection and possibly a small sense of peace.
(1) A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon
and someone at my side says
He is gone.
Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all.
He is just as large now as when I last saw him.
His diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in him.
And just at that moment, when someone at my side says he is gone,
there are others who are watching him coming over their horizon
and other voices take up a glad shout –
There he comes!
That is what dying is.
An horizon and just the limit of our sight.
(2) No one’s death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness. (Hermann Broch)