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by Donna Hale Chandler

Thursday, January 20, 2011
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The phone call in the night that brings about an unplanned trip is never easy.








When the phone call comes
from someone you love,
that a precious family member
has been called from above. 

The heart stops for a moment.
Tears fill your eyes.
The mind recalls memories
and begins questioning why.

The numbness begins,
as plans need to be made.
A trip must be taken.
Respects must be paid.

Sitting quietly one night,
we received that call
telling of the death
of my beautiful sister-in-law.

We packed the car
preparing for the miles.
Our hearts saddened
as we recalled her smile.

It was a long dreary ride
for a very sad occasion,
but considering the reason,
we needed no persuasion.

Family and friends welcomed us,
sorrow in their hearts.
Her husband stood by helplessly,
recalling, "Till death do us part."

The service was touching
with friends standing to tell
how she touched their lives,
picking them up when they fell.

We said our good bye
at the family burial ground
on the top of a hill
where her spirit abounds

We'll wrestle with our grief,
her husband most of all,
as he restlessly waits
to answer his own call.

Words offer little comfort
in these troubling times,
he'll miss his soul mate,
but she'll remain in his mind.

Back home once again,
in our own little world.
To Judy, my sister-in-law,
"I'm going to miss you, Girl."

She rests with the angels,
as we dry our tears.
She'll remain in our hearts
for the rest of our years.

© copyright Donna Hale Chandler



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Reviewed by Judith Ann (Reader) 1/22/2011
Beautifully written from the heart. How wonderful to have had a sister-in-law that you loved so much and who I know loved you in return. How could she not. Sorry for your loss but no one really dies who is remembered with love.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 1/21/2011
A beautifully moving memoir, and I too am so sorry for your loss.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/20/2011
Oh Donna we offer you and your family our love and prayers for your loss. Her spirit and love will remain in your heart always...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 1/20/2011
Thank you for prayers to you and your family...

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 1/20/2011
Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister n law. Yes, she is with the angels now but will be forever in your hearts. God Bless! ~Chessly
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 1/20/2011
sorry for your loss. Morgan
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/20/2011
It is truly something we can never prepare ourselves for, my Mom told me once, "the old must and the young may" ... beautiful words felt in your poem, I am sorry for your loss~
Reviewed by Richard King 1/20/2011
Like the way you've handled this, Sweetie. It certainly was a sad time for you and those to whom you are so close. We all grieve from time to time, you've certainly done her proud with these words and those from an earlier time. Kudos Dick
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 1/20/2011
I am truly sorry for your loss, Donna. Just remember your beautiful heart was enhanced by her presence. You still have that caring.
Beautiful writing.


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