In This Place


Brave hearts, you are here. You have traveled

a dreadful distance. You have come,

seeking solace, understanding, hope,

threads to patch what death’s so cruelly undone.


In this place you can relax and breathe . . .

the coats of others’ expectations taken off.

Walk into these few days as into an oasis

where draughts of love and memories can be quaffed.


In this place all names can be spoken;

in this place each one’s story can be told.

We will not be discouraged by your sorrow;

in this place ALL feelings, we enfold.


Here laughter does not mean we are forgetting;

we do not count how many tears are shed.

Both fuel us, fellow travelers, give us courage,

for the long and winding road we see ahead.


And those we love are pleased we are together,

smile down on us, and bless these days,

glad for every tiny step we are taking

as they send their light to guide us on our ways.


Traveling with us as we journey onward,

sending strength for what the miles may bring,

they are a part of everything we do that matters –

in every dance we dance, and every song we sing.


Written by Genesse Bourdeau Gentry for the 2004 Compassionate Friends National Conference in Hollywood, CA on 7/23/2004 for the National Conference First Timers.


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