In Memoriam

This is a page where we can come to contemplate, and remember those of our loved ones who have returned to spirit. A quiet place to visit, with love in our hearts ... maybe a prayer ... maybe a tear or two ... A place to reconnect with the energy of the soul who is just on the other side of the veil, sitting with us in peace and love, joyful to have this time with us.

Scroll down to read two beautiful poems, and further down to see photos of those we are remembering.

"Death Is Nothing At All" - A poem by Canon Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to 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 into 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 for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

"The Dash" - A poem by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the casket
from beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth
and now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
Are there things you would like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what is true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we have never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
with your life's actions to rehash ...
Would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

Roma Burrow 1923 - 26.01.2018

Roma was very active in our church over a long period of years. She was a committee member, often led the Sunday Service, and served as Medium - in the Pioneer Women's Hall days (pre 1995), as well as in our present location in South Dunedin. She was a much loved member of our Dunedin Spiritualist Church community. Roma moved from Dunedin to be with family some years ago. She passed to spirit at age 94.

Les Oliver 10.10.19.. - 17.07.2017

Les was a very active member of our church. He was a committee member, and very much a hands-on man when it came to getting maintenance work done in the church. Les's passing has left a big hole in our community. His sense of humour from the "naughty row" at the back of the church will long be remembered.