Thursday, 2 June 2016


“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” - Steve Jobs

For the past few weeks we have had a dear family friend fighting for his life, in and out of hospital. He was diagnosed a couple of months ago with lung cancer, which unfortunately became very aggressive very quickly and did not respond to treatment. His family and friends stood by his side and we were all devastated by his loss last week. His wake was today and tomorrow is his funeral. He was a simple, quiet and very community-minded man who loved his family and would do everything to help his relatives and friends.


“I’ve lived a good life,” said he to me,
“I’ve loved and hated, worked and played.
I’ve lived a full life,” he confessed,
“I’ve left only few things untried.
Experiences varied, broad I have collected,
All those I’ve met I’ve not regretted.”

“I look at death before me, now,” he told me,
“I like the purposefulness in his stony gaze.
I lean towards him with my hands outstretched,” he said,
“I long to live through this, my ultimate encounter;
My mind replete with images and sound
Will welcome this last meeting, sure to astound.”

“I tell you, don’t be sad,” he said to me,
“I think this is a journey that will thrill me.
I tremble with excitement, not with dread,
I taste sweet wine, not bitter gall nor poison.
My heart is restful,” softly, he sighed,
“My soul is free…” he said to me – and died.


  1. So sensitive tribute! Condolences!

  2. My condolences for the loss of your friend.

  3. A beautiful poem and a fitting tribute for your friend. Deepest condolences...

  4. No matter how much preparation time you have and how much time you spend with your friend, the pain of the loss never goes away.

    I have no idea why God would design a programme where we give birth, educate, love and guide people all their life and then whooosh, God takes them away :(

  5. I am sorry to hear of your loss. You have written a beautiful and moving poem to honor your friend. I wish you health and a long life to remember your friend.

  6. A beautiful poem as a fitting tribute for your friendship. I am sorry for your loss.

  7. This is so very poignant, Nick. Losing a close person is so very hard. It sounds as if in his last days he was able to reflect on his very rich life. It seems as if he died without regret, which is no small thing!