Holding On and Letting Go

Murl & Shirley

(My mother & father-in-law, Murl & Shirley Dovel, taken on Easter – March 27, 2016)

Gathered round her bedside
As she valiantly fights to stay,
Knowing it’s time for her to go,
Not knowing what to say

Holding on to the memory
Of the woman she once was
Remembering her laughter,
And a life full of love

Letting go of the bad times,
The cancer and so much pain
Watching her slowly leave us
As tears fall like rain

Seeing the love on his face
For his wife of 61 years
As he tells her it’s okay to go,
There’s nothing now to fear

Although we hate to see her leave
And we’ll miss her in every way
We know God has a plan
And we’ll follow her one day

This world will be a little darker
Without the sunshine of her smile
We’ll miss the sound of her laughter
Being sad just wasn’t her style

One day we’ll all be together
In our home beyond the skies
As God calls us one by one
To that land where the soul never dies

We’ll cry and our hearts will grieve
Because we’ve lost someone special and dear
But don’t think she’s gone forever
Just because you don’t see her here

She’s walking and talking with Chad,
And the rest of the family there
Free from this world of sorrow
With no more worries or cares

Holding on to precious memories
Of a wonderful mother, grandma, & friend
We don’t say “good-bye”, just “see ya later”
Cause we know we’ll be together again.
By Debbie Dovel
In memory of my mother-in-law, Shirley Dovel, who passed away at the age of 80 after a long fight with cancer on our 35th wedding anniversary, Monday, May 30, 2016

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