Death Is Nothing At All

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away into the next room.

I am I, and you are you;
whatever we were to each other, that, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray with me.

Let my name ever be the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity.

What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
Oh, my brief moment and all be as it was before.
Only better. Infinitely happier.
And forever we will all be one with Christ.

by Henry Scott Holland