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To my Dearest Nancy,

I always said that you were an impactful person with a smile and laugh that would light up a room. The day you left us the light dimmed but we still know you are here with us. The kids and I miss you dearly, today is extremely difficult because you are no longer here and it’s been a long year. The poem below was given to me by Nancy about a year ago to use when the time was right.

We all miss you dearly, Love Don; Kyle, Kim, Megan, Mike, and the grandkids (Bailey, Bethany, Luke and Chloe)

To all those I loved and Love Me

When I am gone, release me, Let me go!

I have so many things to see and do!

You must not tie yourself to me with tears

Be happy we had so many years

I gave to you my love, you can only guess,

How much you gave to me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you

each have shown,

But its time for me to travel on alone.

So grieve a while for me

if you must grieve,

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It's only for a while we must part,

So bless all the memories

within your heart.

I won’t be far away, for life goes on,

So if you need me and I will come.

Though you can’t see me or touch me,

I’ll be near and when you must

come this way alone!

I’ll greet you with a smile and laugh

and say Welcome Home!

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 27, 2023

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