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I recently read this at the passing of my mother in law and every one was deeply touched, Thanks for allowing the use of these inspiring words . I have had many requests regarding these words and have directed all enquiries to this web site
This poem was read at my dearly loved stepbrother’s funeral last week It touched us all as he had done a lot with “his dash” but we had never seen it in that perspective He died suddenly in his sleep and we are all still coming to grips with the fact we will no longer enjoy his company However, when that was read out we realised that he had put such a lot into his life in his quiet way that he could be pleased with his “Dash” Thank you Linda and congratulations for moving so many people with your words…..
I first heard this poem at a training class at work. It really struck a nerve. So many of us waste our dash just trying to get by. Time is so precious and we take it for granted. Thank you for reminding us that it’s quality and not the quantity that really matters. I’m going to recite this to my CCD confirmation class tomorrow night to kick off a conversation. I’m curious about the reactions a room of 14 to 17 year olds will have. This promises to be interesting.
I have just purchased 20 of your books,The Dash, from my granddaughter’s school fund raiser. I am giving them to a Boy Scout Wood Badge staff (SHAC13-4) for the difference they are making in the lives of 48 volunteer Boy Scout adults. The ripple effect of which will help hundreds of Boy Scouts in our area. What a difference these 20 staffers are doing to the dash in their lives is imeasurable. This makes the perfect gift to them for all the hard work they are doing. Thank you for sharing such meaningful words. Always in the Spirit of Wood Badge.
Thank you for your comment, Henry. I am SO glad to hear these folks are using their “dash” to make such a meaningful difference for others! ~Linda
I read this for my mom thank you
Thank you Linda for this poem. In fact, it’s more than a poem.
I am a teacher and coach at our high school. One of our colleagues (whom I have known for the past 20+ years) passed away in her sleep. I was asked to share a moment and the closing prayer at her memorial service.
We will have a full gym where the service will be held. I know this will make an immediate impact reminding others of the life we get to live.
May I have your permission to read this poem?
i never heard this poem until 16th aug. 2012 at my mums funeral service…..i listened intently and realised that is how mum lived her life. i had to find out more….this has inspired me to try to get 2 dashes joined up!
Today a family friend has been told they only have 6 weeks to live. I found your poam while researching his condition. While it speaks to him I am reminded it also speaks to me in that I want people to speak about my dash when I pass … and have I done enough? Life is short and whilst I’ve achieved allot in my life I’m afraidy life will be remembered by a slash (/) rather than a dash. Time for me to wake up!!!!
The Dash was recited by the chaplain today at the Scottish Police Memorial service and we have had an enormous amount of interest in it. I have posted a link to this site from our Facebook page and would like to thank you for such inspirational words.
Stu, thank you for your note. Thank you also for posting a link…it is appreciate and I hope your visitors will enjoy reading the poem. Live Your Dash! ~Linda
I attended the memorial service of my husband’s friend of 50 years, and another 50 year friend recited this beautiful poem. Hearing it gave me the courage to rearrange my DASH.
Hi I’m 14 years old and this poem was read at my great Grandma’s funeral. This poem was so inspiring I had to look it up. Thank you for this beautiful piece of writing. I hope that I can write this well someday
I would love a copy of the poem. My daughter passed away Last Aug. 29, 2012. At a memorial service for her this poem was read. My wife who was dieing of ovarian cancer and had 6 months to a year to live cried as it was read. ( She passed away May 9 2013)
Bill, I am so very sorry to read your post. Please email us from this website for a printable copy. In sympathy, Linda
A dear friend of our family read this poem at my aunt’s wake this week. It was so beautiful and I just wanted to say thank you to Linda Ellis for her talent. I had never heard the poem before, but I will never forget it.
This poem is absolutely beautiful. For our 65th high school reunion, our Valedictorian will be reading it to all in attendance. It will be such an inspiration to our fellow classmates. Thanks so much for your wonderful words. They are a great help.
What a magical poem, how true is this to the way we should live our daily lives. Insightful and beautiful. Thank you so much.
My Mother Myself: My mother will be 102 years old in 3 months. But I am sad right now that she is in the hospital. I am going to a grieving process at this time; knowing that her health is rapidly deteriorating. I think about what a calm and docile is and that describes the “The Dash” in her life. The poem “The Dash” would be a suitable poem to read someday whether it me My Mother or Myself.
I read this at my nephew’s wedding. It was perfect. You are amazing!
This was read at my Father’s funeral and I love it! My dad believed in living “the dash.” He was 81 years old at his passing and I consider it a blessing to have been part of this special man’s dash.
I love the poem THE DASH.
I heard this poem last Saturday and I thought of my daughter who has had very hard times in the last few years. I am going to read it to her so can start making better decisions and value her life. Thank you very much to Linda for writing it.
Such a beautiful poem that expresses so concisely how our lives should be lived so that we can be proud of “our dash.” I want very much to have this poem read when the time comes for my celebration of life!
A friend read this today for his Mothers memorial service. He had written what he said were too many pages of notes ,so he decided to narrow it down to reading your poem.It was perfect.Many people who spoke said then when she was talking to you ,you would feel like you were the most important person in her life at that moment,the attention was all on you and your world,she made people feel special.
I love poems and was looking for some words of meaning and admiration for my friend/sister and found this poem back in 2011. I read it at her homegoing service and her daughter and the congregation was in awe of the message. Well last Tuesday I lost the last elder on my Mother’s side of the family (87 years old) and the following day, lost the last elder on my Father’s side of the family, (99 years old) now we are the Elders. This poem is most appropriate for both of these ancestors and I will honor them by reciting this beautiful poem, “The Dash.” Thank you Ms. Ellis, may “The Ceator” continue to inspire and bless you
Yesterday The Dash was recited at the Memorial Service of a fine young 18 year old man who had been killed tragically in a car accident. The Dash was such a powerful message to all in attendance but particularly to the youth just starting out in their lives. The Dash was such an appropriate poem to be recited yesterday.
Well what a poem. It was read at my son’s father-in -laws funeral last wednesday and it was the first time i had heard it. It was the best words i have ever heard at a funeral i don’t think there was a dry eye in the chapple. Thank you Linda for a great poem.
Absolutely loved this piece! Thank you for reminding me what is truly important
I am a Funeral Director and we have a wonderful Chaplain who has your poem memorized. I heard it for the first time and I had to look it up. How inspiring, it really makes you think.
I read this at my dad’s funeral thank you so he lived a great dash
am having live your dash tattooed on my arm so I always remember to live my dash
Tracy, that’s awesome! Send us a pic and we’ll post it! Live Your Dash! ~Linda
Your poem was chosen by my daughter to be read at her funeral which was on the 24th of May when she passed away suddenly while undergoing chemo for colon cancer. She was 42 at the time and the poem was so apt as she really lived her dash. The freinds who were at the service were proof of her living life to the full for her family and freinds. Thank you
Thank you so very much Linda. Your beautiful thoughts on mortality have inspired a small circle of friends in Chattanooga to name our group “the Dashes”. Each time we meet we discuss the importance of living our dashes.
I first heard a few stanzas of this poem read and discussed at a resident graduation program where the speaker urged us to rethink our Dash and what it will look like. I read the complete poem and can want to thank you Linda for penning it and sharing it with others.
I have read so many poems, I have written so many poems, about my country Uganda and suffering. but this is, I think the best poem I have ever read. I will live my dash well. I will help so many in Uganda live that dash well.
Thanks alot Linda Ellis. May you live to inspire the World forever, as you also live your dash to the best.
God bless you.
I’ve been lucky enough to hear this poem prior to someone’s passing – it was recommended by a friend when they learned I wanted to change my life around and become a better citizen. It lead me to seriously think about my actions and decisions, and make a resolution to value everything I already have that much more.
Thank you sincerely Linda for capturing the essence of life and how we should treat it.
I heard this poem being read by my cousin David Ammer at a funeral for another cousin, Sidney Doe in Amherstburg Ontario., David read this poem with so much heart and compassion for Sid, that he couldn’t read it all without stopping intermittently to wipe away tears. What an amazing and perfect poem for anyone. David said the poem was from Linda Ellis. I looked it up on the internet and relived the tears by David, and others at the funeral. The Dash, it’s everyones life. Thank you David for reading it and to Linda for writing it.
May I please use the first two stanzas in my yearbook?
At my partner’s (Rick) Memorial Service in 2005 the non-denominational minister invited to speak at the event used your poem as the core of what he said. It struck home. It resonated with all in attendance. It stays with me still and is one of only 2 things I wish to have said at my own memorial service once I die. It embodies Rick’s outlook on life. Thank you for such a beautiful piece of work.
A friend recommended that I read your poem as my mother passed away recently and I have been missing her dreadfully. I found The Dash to be very moving and the idea of the dash between our dates of birth and death, symbolising our lives, is very clever and very memorable…it will certainly stay in my mind. I am now going to share this idea with my children who have also been missing their grandma. Thank you.
Today as I sat in the chapel waiting for the memorial service of young woman, Sondra Chitwood Wood, who died of brain cancer at age 36, I read this on the tv screen. What a great poem. . Not only did it descibe this wonderful young woman but touched my heart for so many of the loved ones I have lost. I can truthfully say all of them lived their dash. I only hope someone reads this for me one and that it can be said I lived my dash. Thanks foir a wonderul poem.
My lovely dad died on Sunday and we have been looking for something to read at the service before the Eulogy – my finance director told me about The Dash – and when we read it, we unanimously agreed that simple though the poem may be – it was an ideal introduction. I will be reading it at the service, so thank you so much for writing The Dash
i love this poem……my daughter katie filled in her dash 1 year ago …her dash was filled with joy and saddness she died at 27 of alcaol and drug addictions……but even through it all her dash was full of faith and she was a complicated girl…but her dad and brother and i her mum loved her and was sad when her dash closed….xxx
My step dad completed his dash on April 25. He was 91 ripe years old, a WWII veteran of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Quite a character that will be deeply missed. I told my stepsisters about this poem, they had never heard it before. We all cried over the beauty of it. Thank you for these beautiful words, we will share them with family and friends during dad’s memorial service. Hopefully, this will allows others to reflect on their dash.
I absolutely love this poem. I first heard about it some years ago while listening to Al Sharpton. The poem is so simple but so profound. I volunteer as a Judge for the Miami-Dade Teen Court program and I have read this poem to the young people several times. Tomorrow (May 1st) I will be speaking at a conference for youth and my topic is Choices/Decisions. This poem fits right in; so I will close my speech by reading (not distributing ) this poem. Thank you so much for allowing us to share your great poem with others.
Kelly Charles-Collins, Esq.
Kelly, thank you for your post! I am so glad my words have touched your life in a positive way and I hope those attending your conference are moved by the message as well! Live Your Dash! ~Linda Ellis
This is so true, and so simple, what more does anyone need, and I love my Dash !!!
My dad just completed his dash on April 12, 2013. He really lived the dash by loving his family and all of the many people that he came in contact with over the 76 years of his life. He loved to laugh and have a good time….always! He was married to my lovely mom for over 53 years. This poem was read at his funeral and it was so moving. Thank you for sharing!
what a powerful statement and how true life is what you make it.. along with the song in the garden it was a moving service.
This poem was read at my stepmothers funeral yesterday, a wonderful lil poem.
This was read at a friends funeral yesterday. She was in her late 30s, taken too soon. It gave me pause to think; not just about her life, but of those of us left behind. It is a beautiful tribute to anyone, and a call to live better to the rest of us.
Father Lothrop read this at my Dad’s grave last Saturday for my Dad. It was very touching. I ordered two copies of this poem signed by the author. I was very moved by this poem and so were many of the people at the service.
Heard this poem today, what fitting words to say goodbye.
I love your poem. I use it for a memorial service each year honoring those members in my organization that have died that year. We set a table up in their honor as if they were attending the meeting. A place card giving their name and obituary is at each place setting. A candle is lit for each of them before the reading. After each obituary is read the candle is extinguished. Each member of the organization is encouraged to live their Dash every day. A prayer is then offered.
i think this poem is one of the best i have ever heard
I have just returned from a friend’s funeral – Hedley Alcock, who was one of the great movers in YHA (Youth Hostels Association) and this poem was read. It was very moving, and from comments made led everyone to re-think how to make the most of their own ‘dash’.
I read this today after hearing Nick Saban make reference to it in regard to the passing to Coach Mal Moore. Very powerful! It has inspired me to make a great dash. Thank you.
I heard of this poem because of a heartbreaking story of a young teenage girl from my community who was struck by a car and passed away. Just days before her passing she read this poem to everybody she knew encouraging everybody and making sure she lived up to her dash. From the stories around her, it seems she felt she was going to pass away. This poem is brilliant, and it worked wonders in helping many people cope with this tragedy. Thank you.
Awesome lines ..
If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.
Very inspirational. I first came across this a few years ago at a training session. Reading it again has made me re-think how I handle certain situations and relationships. Thank you!
The metaphor is clever, I won’t forget it. But I find the poem is not very strong technically, it is sort of bland.
True…it’s not for everyone. Some are inspired by the words, some not. Thank you for your post. I do appreciate your input. Live Your Dash!
That was a beautiful poem. God bless you for the great mind you have .
Thank you so very much, Tom. I am glad you’ve enjoyed my writing, and I appreciate you taking time to let me know. Live Your Dash! ~Linda Ellis
I heard this poem the other day at an amazing person’s funeral . This poem really touched me and made me look at life way different and seriously than I have ever before , excellent poem ! R.I.P Peter Ford , you will be greatly missed !
Taquira, thank you for your comment — I am so glad my words have affected your dash in a positive way! ~Linda Ellis
My brother just passed away yesterday. I am going to speak at his funeral and this poem describes his life and how he lived his DASH. I pray that many hearts will be touched and hopefully many lives changed.
I bought this small quick read book for my sister only a couple of months before she passed. I had no idea she was going to go so quickly. I just loved the book and the thoughts within. I still love it, maybe more now that she is gone.
I heard this poem at a funeral today. The priest incorporated the
poem in his homily. It is a beautiful poem and made the funeral
service for a very special person even more memorable. Thank you!
I heard this poem today at my aunt’s funeral, I love this poem and would like it read at my funeral. Very moving.
I heard this wonderful poem today at the most beautiful and moving funeral of a gorgeous friend. Its lovely, really lovely, thank you.
Our teacher read this to us it was not sad but it was AMAZING I LOVED IT!!! I AM GOING TO SHOW EVERYBODY!! Made me really think about my life. I have a lot of little sister and all those fights we’ve had seem like nothing now. You really change me now.
Guadalupe – thank you for your post! Ask your teacher to email me and I’ll send a signed print. Live Your Dash! ~Linda Ellis
This poem has such great emotion and meaning for me. I lost my father to cancer on 9-6-11 and this was read by our pastor. It was like my father was speaking to me through this. Telling me to live MY dash. Thank you for such an amazing piece to share with all my family and in remembrance of my father, a great father, Marine, son and friend. He very much did live during his Dash.
I joined Kiva.org which is a microlending charity. Essentially people around the world fund small loans to those working to bring themselves out of poverty. Each lender is asked to complete the sentence “I loan because …..” I struggled to answer this simple question because there are so many good reasons to help others. And then it came to me. I am doing it for my dash. Beautiful poem about the importance of living a life well lived.
I can’t believe this, but sometime ago I heard the phrase about having our expiration date stamped on our heads like a milk carton and I never forgot it. Than I just read that interview you have posted and it mentions it.
My wife and I live the dash everyday. We send out over a book of stamps of notes and letters each month to people in need of a lift in life. Plus do a monthly one for everyone extra. I even leave “smiles and notes” for the mailperson. She enjoys reading them on breaks.
When was the last time you sent a someone a piece of happy mail that was not a holiday/birthday?
You see when you do it works two ways. You feel happy they are going to be happy and they feel happy getting something not a bill.
Have a great day.
Try it and see how you feel with one stamp an envelope and a simple hello note.
Today my mom passed April 3, 1915-March 13,2013. She had a long life and I am so glad her dash was rich in love, family and friends. Tonight I was at the store just looking around, everything reminded me of her. I found your book and found comfort in it. I will read your poem at my Mother’s Memorial. Thank you and bless you.
My neice is going to be participating in an every 15 minute program at her school. This it to get the kids and community aware of the impact of drunk driving. They simulate several car crashes due to drunk driving and the students and some students act as if they were killed by the drunk driver. They have mock funerals and everything. Family is asked to write letters to the the student so I thought about The Dash as soon as I knew she was going to be one of the victims. I first heard the poem read at a friends funeral several years ago who happened to be my neice’s godmother. I am going to include it in the letter I write to her. I think it will mean so much to her especially since it was read at her godmother’s funeral. I also shared the poem with my bible study class months ago because we were talking about how to live your life. This friend’s grandmother passed away a few weeks ago and she told me that she read the poem at her grandmother’s funeral and she thanked me for telling her about it. It was so powerful to all that were there.
My grandfather began his dash on december 27th 1917 and ended it on 8th February 2013, he had a 95 year long dash and he spent it well, he was a great and lovely man who i miss every day, my father read your poem at his funeral and many people commented on how it made them stop and think – but most of all it made us all remember my grandads 95 year dash and how proud he would have been about how he spent it – sleep well grandad and thank u linda for your wonderful gift to my grandad x
Lisa, you are quite welcome! I am glad my words played a part in helping family and friends remember your grandfather’s 95-year dash! Thank you. ~Linda
My mother’s dash was almost the same timeline as your grandfather’s. Her dash began on November 19, 1917 and ended on February 3, 2013…also a 95 year dash. Unfortunately I had not heard of The Dash until after her funeral. I would have loved to have read The Dash at my mom’s funeral. However, I just ordered the book. I believe it is exactly what I need to read right now.
Hi Barbara, sorry to hear of your loss,but how wonderful that my grandfather and your mom had such a long dash!! – I am sure they are at peace now but it is hard for us who are left behind, I haven’t read Linda’s book but I am sure it will be of great comfort to you xx
I was given a copy of your poem yesterday by a good friend at the VA hospital in San Diego. My bother-in-law passed away suddenly last week at the age of 54.
It’s my intention to read your poem to those who attend his memorial service on Saturday because your words struck a chord in my heart and my hope is to give that amount of peace to those who loved Dougie.
John, thank you for your note. I do hope The Dash poem words resonate in the hearts of those attending your brother-in-law’s service on Saturday as they remember Dougie’s “dash.” ~Linda
My mother passed away in October last year. I remembered “The Dash” being read at a funeral I attended last summer by a former minister of mine, Randy. The morning of my mother’s funeral, I called and spoke with Randy’s wife and asked if she had a copy of your poem so it could be read at my mother’s funeral. She said Randy wasn’t home, but she would leave him a message. Just minutes before the funeral started, Randy came to the church with a copy of your poem. It was read during the funeral service and left a great impact on everyone who heard it. Thank you so much for “The Dash”.
My wife of 40 years recently finished her dash at 57 years of age. She won, because she filled her dash with opportunity to help others, to enjoy her family and to love completely.
She most often said she felt weak inside, She didn’t want to fight cancer, but she still wanted to live as long as she could do so without giving up on the wonderful life she had. Others only saw her strength. He willingness to have chemo and radiation so that she could hold and hug her children and grandchildren.
She gave of herself to others. She helped them through their struggles… The feelings of being helpless…even while she knew she was going to lose the years of life she still wanted to live.
She lived her dash well. She was born August 4, 1955. She finished her fast February 22, 2013. will celebrate her life with shared memories. He death is only a finish line for the race.
Now she has her final victory. She is remembered well by others.
Michael: I am so sorry for your loss.
My younger sister, Lois, started her dash on August 4, 1955, the same day your wife did. Sadly my sister’s death was on Oct. 16, 1999. She was only 44 years old.
I am sure your wife will be remembered well. My sister’s memory continues on. I miss her so much.
You and your family are in my prayers.
Such a beautiful poem with such a strong message to us all and a poignant reminder for us to protect our own “dash”.
Thank you Linda
I heard your poem for the first time today when I helped at a memorial service for a woman who had been very much like my Mom. The Dash really spoke to my heart. Thank you for writing it and sharing it with us.
I went to my seventh funeral in two weeks just few days back and I was at me end. The last funeral I heard your poem and it was like a weight that was lifted thank you so much
Thank you for a lovely poem.
It is so true.
I heard The Dash read at a Memorial Service today. What a lovely poem and what a powerful message! It moved me to tears as it did the reader, the niece of the deceased.
When my grandmother died all but 8 years ago, this was read. Have thought about the peom so many times over these years. So glad I got to read it.
My mom committed suicide on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013. It’s still very raw right now…everything! But, a friend told me that her manner of death did not define how she lived her life, and I immediately thought of “The Dash” poem…he was right. I plan to read it at her funeral; if I can, because it is so true.
My Dad passed away 3 weeks ago, on Feb 2,2013, and I read your poem at his funeral mass. I good friend gave me your book about 2 years ago, and when I read this poem, I knew it was perfect for my dad and that I would someday read it when he passed. He’d been fighting COPD, weakened liver and heart for about 2-3 years. God finally called him home and I know he’s in a much better place now and resting peacefully and no longer in pain. Dad was such a happy go lucky guy, always smiling, and was always willing to give of himself and help others. I am very proud of Dad and the way he lived his dash.
Please send me a signed copy dedicated to him (Tom Dugan) that I can give to my mother.
Jim, my dad passed away a month ago from COPD also. This was read at his funeral.
My husband Greg passed away July 23, 2012 from a terrible battle with colon cancer. At his funeral the pastor read your poem; and like many other comments here, the room was completely silent. I can’t tell you how affected I was after hearing it, it contained so many true and honest statements. I have been having a hard time dealing with the loss of my husband so I decided to get away for awhile. I came to Myrtle Beach, where we got married, and as I was taking a stroll on the beach last week, there laying on the sand, was a whole perfect sand dollar. After coming here for 20+ years I have never found a whole one. I decided it was a sign from my husband. Yesterday my best friend had to make a hard decision to put one of her pets down. Last night I dreamt about your poem being read at my husband’s service. When I talked to my friend today, I told her about my dream and said that she should think about the dash between her pet’s life and all the good times they had together. Her loss brought back memories that had found tiny places in my mind to hide for awhile during that hectic time, and I consider “The Dash” the nicest memory of all to return and I thank you dearly for such beautiful words.
My dear cousin who dedicated her life to children was put to rest last week.With many children present who she had cared for A minister read your poem to about 75 people.You could have heard a pin drop. Everyone there said the same thing,how fitting for such a wonderful spirit.
She was loved by many and will be missed.Her memory will go on in the children she adored.She is not forgotten.
Hi Linda I have just read the poem The Dash and it really touched my heart as I have been in a very negative space lately. I lost my son 21 months ago to suicide; he was 35 and my only child and I am now all alone. He was my best friend as well as my son. Just reading this poem made me think of his life from the day he was born to the day he left me and know that he packed his life giving to others and enjoying life in his early years. It was only later in life that he suffered in pain. Thank you for this inspiring poem. Michele
Michele, thank you for your post, though I am saddened to read your words. I am glad my words have comforted you, though I wish I could offer more than words to take away your pain. Peace be with you.
My dear husband passed away on 2/12/13. A friend presided over his memorial service. He recited this poem. It was so touching and I really appreciated hearing it. I had read it awhile ago, but hearing again at this time was so very appropriate.
Thank you for putting these special words in place for us all!
Frances, thank you for your note. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. It literally warms my heart to read comments like yours and know that my words have comforted people in their times of sorrow. Peace be with you…
I first heard the dash at funeral in January. But just this past weekend my grandpa lost his battle with dementia and colon cancer. So when we have his memorial we will be reading this and thinking of how he spent his dash.
The first time I heard The Dash was at my wife’s mother’s funeral. Last week, my daughter read it at my wife’s funeral. My lovely wife of 47 years lost her battle to cancer after five months. The poem is beautiful; it tells a life story. It is now a comfort to me as I read it over and over again. Thank you.
David, thank you so much for your post. I am very sorry to learn about your loss, yet I am pleased my words have comforted you during this time.
I had never heard The Dash until it was read at my grandma’s funeral. It meant so much to my mom that when she was unfortunately diagnosed with a terminal cancer one of the first things she told me was that she wanted it read at her own funeral. It’s a beautiful poem and knowing how much my mom liked it, it makes me want to make the most of my dash. My mom certainly made the most of hers.
My 13 year old son read The Dash at my mum’s funeral yesterday. He read the words beautifully and with meaning.
The whole gathering was touched by the poem which seemed wholly appropriate to the setting and were a fitting tribute as well as a reminder to us all to live our lives to the full.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful words with us and so many other families, they have touched us with their poignancy and hope.
Thank you again
A couple of years ago my niece was killed in a terrible car accident which thankfully her two children survived.
Many people of all ages from all over the country attended her funeral.
I found your poem on a website of funeral poems and for a while I wasn’t going to use it but then realised that with so many people knowing Mel at various stages of her life that your poem was the only one for me to use.
Each of us had met her at some stage along the dash of her life. Some for all of her life, some during school, and some as a young mother and friend.
When I first said that I would also read a poem I could see the looks on the faces as it was the third poem of the service. Then I saw the looks of understanding and remembrance on the faces of all those there.
Many people came up to afterwards and asked about The Dash and said how appropriate it was to someone who had met our beautiful Mel on the way from the bigging to the end of the dash.
I read this poem regularly to remind me of those who I have lost of the years.
Thank you for writing such a brilliant poem
My dad passed away unexpectedly Feburary 12, 2013 when an aneurysm burst behind his eye followed by a stroke. I had to make the heart wrenching decision to take him off life support after being told that he had no brain function. That day is one that will be in my mind for the rest of my life. I have never dealt with a death of a loved one so close to me. We were in no way prepared for the days that followed, planning the funeral and such. I have always dealt with hardships in my life with writing. Writing my thoughts, writing poems, and researching and reading poetry. At his funeral yesterday, the reverend, who I had never met, read your poem The Dash. I had never heard it before and weeped as I said my final goodbye to my precious Dad. As I listened to the words I thought of how fitting it was for him. He lived his life to the fullest and made the most and the best of his dash. I can only hope that I am able to be like him and make the most of my dash. I thank you wholeheartedly for writing such a beautiful poem. I feel that it was read at his funeral for a reason. I plan to write it down and read it everyday, not only to myself but to my children and mom who have suffered as much as I over our loss. Again I thank you. God Bless You!!!!
My oldest brother was born into eternal life on 14 February 2013. I wrote a poem for him but must say it doesn’t come close to being as lovely as this. I plan to read mine at his memorial, but want to try and have a copy of “The Dash” there and hopefully have another person read it as well. It is a simple poem that delivers a powerful message to those who still have time to make better use of their dash! Thank you for this beautiful poem.
Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure your poem is lovely, and if you’d like, please send an email to us and I’ll send a signed copy of The Dash for someone to recite there. I hope the words comfort friends and family.
Thank you for the offer of a signed copy of The Dash. I can’t tell you how much that would mean to me and my family. I will be ordering your book ASAP. Thank you again.
I carry a copy in my car. I read it almost once per month. BUT do not only share it at funerals/wakes. Share it daily as often you can, find the moment.+
I was first introduced to this poem when my sister gave it to her boyfriend to read at a friend’s wake. He had never had to get up and speak before like that during such a trying time. After he read it, he was so thankful to my sister for having it to fall back on. When my sister told me the story she showed my mother and I the poem-we both fell in love with it. When my Mom past away in October of 2010, I read this poem at her wake. Several people afterwards came up and asked me if they could have a copy. It had moved them. Ironically too, the funeral home where we had the funeral arrangements done, had a large poster of this on a wall. I didn’t even know that. I have made a copy of this and have hung it on my wall near my Mom’s pictures and I have given a copy in a card to everyone I know who has lost a loved one. They have loved it too. Again today I am passing it on to a good friend of mine who had lost her Mom recently on February 9th, I have even bought your book-Live Your Dash-which I am now going to read. I am sure that it is as great as your poem. Thank you again for sharing this with the world,
I went to a neighbors viewing last nite & this poem The Dash was read it is so Beautiful !!1 I have already decided it is exactly what I want also. It reflects everything & was truly inspiring. Thank you so much.
Attended a close friends funeral today and heard this ,,,,, it still brings tears …
My husband died at age 42 from a fatal jeep accident less than 1/3 mile from home on June 2, 2012. This poem was read at his Memorial Service and since that day I have read it out loud at least once each day. It reminds me to keep going, living my dash, even when I’m down and missing him. On days when I wonder how to go on without him this poem motivates me again. I have learned to live my dash and have shared it with many others too.
Dear Linda Ellis,
Actually, at this time I have no tragic story to tell. I first came across “The Dash” about seven years ago on the Internet, without which I suspect many fewer people could know of it
I am moved by the numerous comments (together with your sympathetic and compassionate responses), I read here. The understandably grief-stricken can feel so much solace and comfort from the poignancy of your lovely insight.
I am always reminded of a line in one of Tony Hancock’s Half Hour shows in which he declares that his eulogy might read, “He came, he went, and in between – nothing!”. A reference to his hitherto perceived lack of achievement.
The Dash reminds us that it is a whole life, short or long, fulfilled or unfulfilled, enlightened or unenlightened.
I say, live your dash in the NOW – forever!
I heard this poem at my weight watchers meeting and in that minute I knew I would be a changed person from then on. I lost my dad in 2006 and just thinking how he spent his DASH and treated people, I am PROUD and the people around me, I am one proud daughter. I will live my DASH to the fullest and will forever carry a smile on my face and treat people how I would want to be treated.
Very nice Linda
My mother passed away Sunday at the young age of 45 to cancer. Today is her funeral and I will be reading this poem and talking about her dash. I first read this poem my first semester in college and I was strongly affected by the meaning of this poem. I feel this poem is perfect for my mothers funeral and I want her to be remembered for amazing woman she was. I am pregnant with my mothers first grandchild I want her grandchild to know what amazing woman their grandmother was.
Last week I attended the funeral of a friend. Two days before her death, her children recorded her recitation of “The Dash” and it was played at her memorial service. That was really special to everyone.
Joan, your post touched my heart…how I would love to see/hear her recitation and send her children something to remember her “dash.” Please email me if you can…
My dear friend Arlene has passed away very
Unexpectedly. Today was her mass one of her
Friends read this poem today and I just want to
Say that it is the most beautiful poem I have ever
Heard. It really touched me that when I went back to
Work today I must of told everyone that spoke
To me about this beautiful poem. I told them they had to look it up
And read it for themselves. Thank you for writing such a beautiful
Poem I really believe Arlene loved it
Nicole, thank you so much for your post. I am sorry to hear of your friend Arlene, but happy to know my words will help you to remember her dash. ~Linda
My very young niece died unexpectedly and your poem was read yesterday during her service. I had not heard it before and from the looks on some other faces, they had not either. I was so moved by it. Our life is a dash between two dates in our life we do not control. But we can control what happens in between. Thank you.
I’m 29 I was diagnosed with M.S. in June 2012. Everyday since then has been a rolllercoaster. Its this uncurable disease that’s changed. My view on life. I had decided waiting until I was stable and ready for kids. Most of my friends viewed me as a childless mother. Sarcastic eye roll. I’m 29!!! Long story short life works in a crazy unpredictable way and I am against many odds pregnant
This poem makes me think of my dash and I love it I want to make my dash count for myself frineds and for my new family
My daughter died inJanuary, her lovely boyfriend gave her a copy of this wonderful poem. All of us, who were attending her, loved it. Very meaningful, I hope to remember it throughout my life.
Catherine, I am saddened that you’ve lost your daughter. I wrote a poem titled “Twice as Much” for parents who have lost a beloved child…maybe it might help a little, though I know words are little comfort. Time is the only true healer as they say…but I don’t think one ever “heals” from pain so deep. My sympathy and prayers are sent with this note…
I heard your poem at the funeral of a friend this pass weekend. Very beautiful and inspirational. We all enjoyed hearing this words for a our friend who lived is “dash” very well
Ciro, I am happy to know my words will help you remember your friend’s “dash.” Thank you for your post.
I also heard this poem at my cousin’s funeral. I was so deeply moved by this poem. Thank you for writing this poem, and I will share this with others.
Thank you so much for this poem! A friend of mine just passed away from a tragic accident at the young age of 17. He was the most loving and happy person I have ever known. I never heard him say one negative thing and he was always showing appreciating and love to the people in his life. I heard this poem for the first time at his memorial yesterday and it changed my life. The way you described how one should live their dash is the exact way the Alex did. So thank you again for this amazing poem. It is my new favorite
Erin, thank you for your post. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your friend Alex, but I am happy to know my words have helped you in some way…
I didn’t know Alex, but I do know the teacher who recited the poem. She read it to our class, and we were all very moved by it. Your poem helped the whole class as a whole, and inspired me to live life to it’s fullest each day. I’m thinking of framing it in my room so that I can always remember to make my dash count.
I am truly moved by the thought provoking feeling this poem generates while hearing the words. Thank you for the sensitivity and the capturing of the concept of time.
Martin, thank you. I never knew so many years ago when I penned The Dash that it would touch so many hearts and lives. I am glad it has touched your life in a positive way..
I heard your poem for the first time yesterday at a dear friend’s funeral. Thank you.
Just heard this poem last night for the first time at my son and daughter’s friends viewing/funeral. Justin was only 31 and died of a brain tumor. One of his friends stood up and read this poem from her Ipod. It touched everyone there and even though losing Justin at a young age, he truly lived his dash! He struggled with the brain tumor and several surgeries until the doctors told him there wasn’t any more to be done. He was surrounded by so many who knew and loved him and that also showed how big his dash was. Thank you for this poem!
Thank you for this beautiful poem, it is so poignant. My father just passed at the young age of 59. My neighbor was thoughtful enough to share this poem with my family. I am now sharing it with a friend who just lost her uncle.
Thank you again.
Warmth and light to all.
Camille, how sorry I am to read about your dad passing at 59. Time, as you know, is the only real thing that helps heal the wounds. Thank you for your post.
What a great poem.
I was sent the link recently but I am using to show people that the dash is all we have – live it well.
Appropriate for funerals but lets pass it on sooner then that.
Thank you again
What a beautiful poem. Tonight is the first I have heard of it. It was read for someone we just lost who happened to be the same age as I. All I can say is “wow! what an eye opener”. This poem really touched my heart. It makes you look at life in a different perspective. I have so much to accomplish before my dash. Thank you for sharing. Hugs!
this poem has touch me & changed my way of thinking about life
Chip, thank you…I am happy to know my words have affected your life in a good way!
Dear Linda, how true your poem. I had the priviledge of eugolizing my beloved wife of more than fifty years in 2011. I wish I had read your poem beforehand, for I would have surely read it at the end of my remarks. Thank you for stirring memories of her life.
Thanks so very much for sharing your poem with us. A friend died recently and this really resonates with his life.
I read your poem at a co-worker’s funeral in 2010
when I got off the platform 4 persons whom I did not know asked for copies. I will be reading it again on Monday Jan 28/13 at my sister’s funeral. Thank you for sharing your inspiring words with us.
I love this poem, I too, write poems, but this is the best – it’s so true and I’m happy that you’ve shared this with the world. You are truly an inspiration – thanks for not keeping this work for yourself. It’s on point and God loves you for composing it.
How did you manage to copy-write this poem and make it your own. US copy-write laws must be different than UK’s.
It is originally by a anonymous author.
Hi Wendy, no it is originally by me, way back in 1996. “Anonymous” just means someone wants to use a work, but not bother to find out who penned the work. This is why we have copyright law…to protect authors and creators of original works. Thank you.
Hi agin Linda.
Just had a thought.
Who would be the stockists for “The Dash” product range, so that I could order in for selling in my gift/card boutique.
Inspire U2 Shine
Unfortunately, many comments were put in the “spam” folder and we have just found them! Please contact us via the contact form on http://www.lindaellis.net and we will be glad to work with you to offer dash products in your gift/card boutique! Live Your Dash!
Have just had two gorgeous customers into my shop chatting about their brothers funeral and my having finished my Civil Celebrants course. They told me of your inspiring poem which I googled and loved very much. I so look forward to reciting it at a later date with your acknowledgement at funerals. It is so perfect for spreading the word of keeping us ‘real’ in humankind.
Thankyou for your inspiration! Warmest regards, Susie Cochrane
I will be quoting from your poem (with attribution) tomorrow and using it in parallel to the way that the Gospel of John has Jesus’ mother at the beginning of his ministry (wedding feast turning water to wine) and at the cross at his death. Mary provides parentheses to Jesus’ ministry.
Linda, the Dash was read out at my husband’s funeral in Jan 2009. He was the gentlest, loveliest man and only 35 years old when he died in a mountain tragedy. A wonderful man, Derek, who escorted me to the hospital morgue told me about your poem. It filled me with happiness at the saddest time I have ever known, and reminded me that however young Anthony was, he had led a wonderful life; caring for everyone he knew. It was so apt to read your words at his funeral. Thank you!
This came to me just as I needed it !!! I am going to share it with my son in law…. I so very much pray that he slows down and lives in the moment and enjoys the DASH…putting aside harsh words he can often say ,
My family and I buried my grandfather yesterday and this poem was read at his military honored funeral. Thank you for sharing your words with the world because myself, family and friends were so moved by them. We had all never heard them before yesterday… And now this poem has really touched our hearts, and made us appreciate both my grandfathers dash as well as our own. You have a beautiful heart! Thank you!
I work in a Hallmark store and we recently started selling The Dash in a beautiful frame. i read it last night and completely fell in love with it. I have been to a lot of births and a lot of funerals lately and i have never quite thought of life in this way and it is a marvelous way to look at Life and how one lives it. thank you for sharing it with us.
I have spent my 20 years of life living the way I wanted too. As I think about my life I dont feel like reget the things ive done, places I have been or the people I have met. I just feel like living my dash like a good person should has put me in alot vulnerable positions and has caused me pain. It made me weak and fall prey to every beast in every jungle in this life but……. Thanks to your poem I got past mt mothers death which has almost killed me however I am a better person today living my dash the way your poem reads. Thank you and keep inspiring people to live a good life.
Dear Linda, Thank you so much for your poem. I was touched so much when I read it. I lost my husband suddenly in 2009 and I truly want to share this with my family and friends. Our time here is just as you say –a dash.
Today we said our final goodbyes to my Great Aunt, Lillie Dickerson. She was just 3 months shy of celebrating her 100th birtday! Part of hour wonderfully poignant poem was read. I had to come home and google it so I could read the whole poem. Thank you for helping us put a well lived life in perspective on such a difficult day. God bless. AmyL Bott
I attended a funeral today and this poem was read. So I decided that I would read it at my father’s memorial next week! thanks!
i lost my dad on 12/20/12 an this poem (the dash) was read at his funeral … it is a very moving poem an how you spend your dash on earth… i have learn to make the best of every day cause your dash is just a small time compared to eternity in heaven…
I would like to have your permission to read this at a funeral I will be officiating for a friend.
Thank you for your thought provoking and wonderful insight. I have bought your little book and refresh often on how valuable the “dash” Is.
Thought provoking and oh so true. With your permission I would like to read this as I am officiating at a funeral for a friend.
God bless you for your insight.
Thank you for your beautiful words. You really are an inspiration and I am so glad I found your site.
I absolutely love your work…I have only read 2 poems so far and will be researching all your other work. Very wise words and will be sharing these a lot.
thank you Linda for such an inspiring poem. this poem says a lot about you as an individual i wish you allow me share it with my family and friends. i hope it will inspire all of them to live each day as it comes. have a blessed xmas and a happy new year
Hi Juliet, thank you for your kind comments. There are many ways to share this poem with your family and friends. (In fact, it’s posted right on this page with “SHARE” features right underneath.) Hope they enjoy it! Live Your Dash!
hi. i read the dash at a very good friends funeral two years ago. i think it sums up what is really important in ones life i was very proud to be able to do your poem for him as well for all there to hear it.
I attended a funeral of a friend and “The Dash” poem was read. The words confirm what I truly believe. It certainly blessed me and in an effort to pass it on, I want to share your information and website with others. Thank you for being such a beautiful inspiration and allowing God to use your life.
what a truly inspirational poem.my mother heard it being read at a recent service in North Wales and i would very much like to pass it on to a friend of mine who recently lost a mother a few days ago.its very difficult to lose someone you love before christmas and I am sure it would mean a lot to her to be able to read your comforting words. thank you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Linda, “The Dash” is such a beautiful inspirational poem. I plan to share it with friends, family and my readers. You so eloquently summed up life, it is not about possessions, but how we live. If people would focus on “the dash” and strive to live life to the fullest, being the best person they could be, we would see a shift toward peace in our country and in our world.
Simply beautiful words.
A most beautiful, meaningfull peom which was read at a memorial service last weekend for my mother-in-law and others who had passed away this year. I shall keep the words with me for reading at an appropriate future date.
You must be a lovely lady to have penned such thoughts.
God be with you.
Amazing. Inspiring. Thank you.
This poem was recited at my husband’s funeral on Nov. 24. So many people found the poem touching and personally meaningful. Thank you for writing it and thank you Dan for reciting it for Craig.
I first heard your poem at young man’s funeral. He had packed a lot if living into his short time on earth.
Now my 92 year old mom has passed and she had a long fulfilled dash. She was a kind and thoughtful person, a loving, wife, mom and grandma. I would like this read at her service.
Linda, Thank you so much for this lovely poem.
I would like to share this poem with my three adult children, who thru the grace of god are still with me. Unfortunately, for the past few years they have been estranged from one another. As a mother, this is the most painful experience in my life I would love to share this poem with them. Perhaps, they will see this as, I do. A guide to a life worth living. Never too late to forgive and love.
Thanks again for the inspiring poem.
I recently read your poem on the back of one of my friends. He actually has the entire poem tattoo’d on his back. After readying your poem I actually was inspired to write a poem about your poem. If sometime you would like you can email me and I would be happy to share that poem with you. I sincerely enjoyed reading your poem, and I appreciate that you have shared it with the world. It means a great deal to both me and my friend.
The “DASH” became a very important “line”
in my life when the Doctor said I had “Breast
Cancer. I am a survivor, but my dash is a closer
walk with God.
The first thing that came to my mind was my father – the way he lived his “dash”. He was a school teacher, met Mahatma Gandhi in his younger days, got inspired by him and was a Gandhian throughout his life. Today, I am what I am because of him.
These are the greatest words I have ever read in my nearly 80 years.Now ” must ” run to get the book !
Hello Linda. we just had a funeral for a most loved one who will be so dearly missed taken by cancer. The priest read this poem of your at her funeral and its one of the greatest things I have heard in quite some time. It really hit me to the core.
this really is “MY” poem in a way. Mine in that it speaks of “ME” and my philosophy in life.
I absolutely love and live the message and its quite beautiful to hear it manifested into words so well. I am amazed I have never found it before the funeral. what an amazing poem.
I firmly believe to my core that I have answered the question of the meaning of life. The answer is to enjoy it. anything else is either largely irrelevant or simply survival. what separates sentient life from regular survival animal life IS THIS CONCEPT. the simply enjoyment of life. and that is the meaning of life. to enjoy it it really is just that simple. I answered this question around 10 years old and I believe it more the longer I live. This poem affirms that belief.
thank you so much for writing it.
I’m a 14 year old girl from the Netherlands, and I love this poem so much. I showed it to two friends of me and they said they loved it. I hope somebody will read this at my funeral, and that they will be proud of me of how I spent my dash. I guess that’s what our lives are about, aren’t they? Making your loved ones proud and leave something good behind. Well, that’s what my life is about. It may be weird that I’m talking about this at my age, but I just
hope my family will be proud of me.
I saw this poem originally in 1997 back when I was in college. And even back then it resonated. I made a pledge to myself that when the most important person in my life passed (my grandmother) that I would read it at her funeral.
At the age of 91, she passed last week. I’ll be keeping that pledge and will read it on Friday at her funeral.
No words give comfort at a time like this, but I thank you for piece that accurately captures her life.
Wonderful poem. Very inspiring. Thank you
Living the dash is worth more than everything in life, for not living the dash is waste of one full life
Thank you Linda
Your poem has touched my heart and I totally agreed.
Molly from NZ
my dad passed away several years ago and I used this poem as the framework for the eulogy…
He should have been very proud of his dash… we all were..
Thks for sharing…
Loved the Dash poem! I also, have poem coming out in my new book by Author House Publishing, poem titled, When God Took My Friend, by larry d. hunter
Thank you so much for allowing God to give you words that really touch lives….as J. Vernon Mcgee would say…right where the rubber mets the ROAD!
I am going through a hard time and reading your poem helped me realize, that life is so short that we need to adjust our days so that meaningful things get done first, like loving more, helping more, listening more, laughing more.
Thank you, when the moment comes and I have to transcend this world, I want to leave a smile on the faces of the people I left behind.
Dear Linda, thank you for such an inspiring poem. I want to say that it has given me cause to have a reality check on the way i passive life in general. I will make an effort to begin to live differently & better. I pray to God that we all have a long and awesome DASH, Amen.
linda that is the best poem ever written! thank you so much,for sharing that with me,i will make sure to share it to others,god bless
This poem the Dash is so important to read for me.
I always use it at funerals for family or friends.
Thank you it really does sum up life and what really matters. ..
What an inspiring poem. I will treasure it forever. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart.
What a beautiful inspiring poem. I will treasure it forever. Thank you for sharing a peace of your heart.
Anyone that works at trying to inspire people should always at the least get an amazing “Thank you.” We so need more people like you in this world.
Thank you so very much….
Thank you Linda for sharing your poem and being open to the Creator of the Universe,your words are so true……
This poem is so beautiful and timely. Came across this last evening during a friend’s funeral when someone read this out and tomorrow is my birthday. Between the birthday and attending the funeral, TODAY …took some time to reflect on the words of this poem and unfoldinging the dash in life…. Living life to the fullest… What legacy am I leaving behind? How we spend our Dash!
The Dash – so familiar to me and so very touching. I have a beautiful printing of this poem that was presented to me after my son committed suicide. My business partner shared the poem at my son’s Memorial Service reciting it slowly and with so much meaning. Thank you so much for being inspired to write such a beautiful, soul inspiring, poem. It truly a treasure and I know shared with many people who come to know it.
I read it with tears ,it touches my heart ,at time frustration and unsatisfaction controlling my life .56 years old with v rich dashes to society mainly females . appreciated by all but personally i feel i forg0t ? ignored ? neglect ? my own needs .
That was beautiful and so very true!
The past is gone and the future is not here yet but what we have is the present. Live life to the fullest and enjoy!
Thank you for sharing!
I often tell myself to spend my dash the proper way. And I mean to, but often it is as though I am not the one who controls my life.
Thanks for a lovely poem, the poem is a classic example of simplicity, the journey of life could not have been put in a more simpler manner.
I also take this as an opportunity to improve, modify My DASH. This poem touches that sensitive cord in you and bring out a clear thought what are we all running around for.
This poem was shared by a priest- our recollection master during our faculty recollection. I was actually moved by the poem and now I am sharing it to a friend..to friends actually. The author gave a very simple and often unrecognized punctuation mark and that is the “dash” she gave a whole new meaning to the it.
My darling husband keiths funeral was monday of this week and a very close friend asked me if she could read a poem called the dash in memory of my husband at the funeral. I’m so glad I said yes. So many people have asked me for a copy of the poem since. It is beautiful and a few minuites ago I had printed a copy out for my sister in law who wanted to take it to work where she is a carer to read it to everyone. I will cherish the words of this poem for ever, while trying to live the rest of my dash doing things that would have made my beloved proud. Jackie Strong
I am so very sorry for your loss. I just found this poem. I lost both my brothers several years ago. I wish I had known about this poem. I would have loved to have had it read at their funerals. God bless you.
Dear Jackie, please accept my sympathy. I to lost my sister back in 1995 to an illness. I guess somehow life seems to make it all work out eventually & it all will become alright in due time, promise. Just believe that all your beloved would want right now is…that your memories of him inspire happiness & joy in you always. Stay blessed & be strong Mrs strong. Charles.
I would like permission to read this poem at a funeral for a dear friend’s husband who has passed. The funeral is Monday, Oct. 29th. It would minister to so many that will be attending his funeral.
This was posted at the memorial service this past Saturday (10/20/12) for Graydon H. Ellis Jr. Probably no relation, but interesting coincidence.Grady definitely “lived the dash”.
This was beautifully read at my friends funeral last night. Thank you.
This poem was read at my fathers funeral. We were very moved by the poem and will treasure it for years to come. Thank you
Today is my 93rd birthday. It has been a long dash. Thanks for the poem and thanks to my Lord for His grace.
Belated Happy 93rd Birthday Hughlan Richey,
These words are with prayers that your long life has been good for you and for many others. If not so far, it’s never too late to begin. Our Dad is 92 next month and may be our town’s next Representative to the House in our home State of Maine. He sent this poem to me over a decade ago & it has blessed so many people, to his credit also. He’s still a fireball, ‘Living His Dash’. Early Happy 92nd Birthday Dad, Ralph Johnston of Windham, Maine.
Hello Linda Ellis,
I really enjoyed your poem, I myself write alot of poems about God. I write whatever He speaks to me whenever I am going through. This poem was referred to me by an co-worker who’d just lost her father. She says it explains it all. I do have to say that I agree with Shandra (my co-worker). Because as I read your poem I reflected over my mothers funeral .How full the chruch was people she knew from work,school,chruch,and more. But not just people she knew, people who worked with my sister and I that we had met along the way. How many people spoke and the things they had to say about her. She wasn’t famous on TV or radio But because of her obedience to God in sharing her deepest Love so many peoples lives had been touch. So now when I reflect on that day my heart is truly blessed. Thank You. I was truly Blessed.
Truly inspiring! I love that poem and will be sharing it
Linda….I first learned about “Dash” through a women I met who lost her daughter. This past Tuesday I lost my 87 yr old mother. I would like to reference “Dash” when my sister, and two brothers speak at her service. She lived a great “Dash”, as it was never about her, but always her husband, four children, and seven grand children.
i have been permantly disabled for about 2 years now. birth defects
that were left undetected, my condition is progressing rapidly and
my relationship with god has become a lot stronger. im so glad i found
your poem! i have been very positive about the time i have left and this poem is going to help me live what may be a shorter life than i expected . i am getting plans together for when i pass so my family knows what i would like. would it be o.k. if i have your poem read at
the service? it is such a beautiful way to look at life and if everyone
on the planet read it, the world would be a much different place! thank-you for listening, im off to live my dash!
I would be more than proud to have my words read. It saddens me to read about your condition, and I am praying for you. I’m humbled to know my words have inspired you so….and I wish you well. ~Linda
You and your family are in my prayers. I am sadden to hear of your conditions but overwhelmed with JOY to hear that your relationship with God has grown stronger. That is the right attitude to have live with purpose.You’ve touch a speial place in my heart.I pray your days are blessed with Love, Joy,and Peace.
I hear Heaven is a lovely place.
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