Do not Stand at my Grave


My father died 4 years ago and will always be my hero.  He served 26 years in the U.S.Navy which included the Vietnam War.

This poem was read at his funeral service and has always been a comfort to me.

May we know that all those who sacrificed for our freedom "did not die" and "do not sleep".

In honor to all who served and sacrificed and to those who continue to fight for our freedom…God Bless You all and God Bless America!

Do not stand at my grave

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Thinking of you Dad

Ronald D. Gross

August 25, 1938 – January 16, 2005 


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. account closed
    May 25, 2009 @ 11:18:38

    This is a beautiful poem Rhonda and has gone through my mind many a time over the last year, I have this written down and read it often, hugs to you and love to your family. xxx


  2. «»Vosje«»
    May 25, 2009 @ 11:29:24

    whowwww just like my father a big strong human a hero, who fight for "Peace" thnx Rhonda for the nice blog thinking of your dad Ronald D. Gross ,,,HugBenona


  3. Kuskulana
    May 25, 2009 @ 11:43:23

    One of my favorite poems.Fitting for today!


  4. Rusty
    May 25, 2009 @ 11:52:13

    No more words are necessary, this speaks for itself. Beautiful post sweety.God bless you……………..Rusty ((HUGS))


  5. Beth
    May 25, 2009 @ 13:59:49

    This poem always gives me comfort. I have it posted on my bulletin board close to a picture of my husband.


  6. ★ Crystal Tears ★
    May 25, 2009 @ 14:12:13

    beautiful poem Rhonda, thank you for sharing n hugs Mo xxxx


  7. Angel eyes
    May 25, 2009 @ 14:36:41

    what a precious tribute to your wonderful dad angel eyes


  8. Terry's
    May 25, 2009 @ 14:55:25

    Oh Rhonda dear while reading that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up . I\’m not sure why but I tell you your dad and many like him endured what no one will ever know again . That\’s a beautiful tribute to your dad hun .He stands proud looking down on you ,that\’s a beautiful picture at the ending . God bless America dear ,God bless America .love Terry Our Al would be honored and proud of you too dear 🙂


  9. Samantha
    May 25, 2009 @ 15:24:24

    lovely peom, Im holding back the tears right now


  10. Unknown
    May 25, 2009 @ 16:12:29

    Stopping in to check up on you! Just wanted to let you know that you are being thought of and I am here to share with you my daily wish… and that daily wish is for you to have a great day! :o)


  11. Unknown
    May 25, 2009 @ 16:20:41

    Father’s don’t need anyone to tell us about Heaven. We just have to look at our daughters and we see it right before our eyes. What a wonderful entry you have here for your Father. And I\’m proud to be an American, Where at least I know I\’m free.And I won\’t forget the men who sacrificed so much, Who gave that right to me.And I\’ll proudly stand next to him or look upon his grave if he’s not here today, ‘Cuz there ain\’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.-Lee Greenwood ………. The man couldn’t have said it any better.HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to you and yours Rhonda!


  12. Duckie
    May 25, 2009 @ 16:39:22

    I could almost hear my father saying those words. He served in the Navy in WWII and recently passed away in 2007. I does come to mestill from time to time in the most beautiful ways. Before he died he told me "Eileen, I will always be with you."


  13. Captain
    May 25, 2009 @ 17:01:57

    What a beautiful tribute to your father Rhonda! Someday we\’ll all be together with our loved ones again. I really believe that! I know Memorial Day is an American celibration, but I believe in my heart Americans always strive for freedom of democracy all over the entir planet, so please allow me to express my gratitute for those brave souls as well, giving the greatest sacrifice of all on our behalf; their lives! So here\’s to your father Rhonda.! He certainly did not die in vane…


  14. Gill.
    May 25, 2009 @ 17:18:59

    Lovely tribute to your father Rhonda. I love that poem, it is read out every year at our remembrance services here in england and it always brings a lump to my throat. Hugs to you, Gill. xx


  15. Patsy
    May 25, 2009 @ 18:58:39

    Just beautiful Rhonda and I love the poem, I know you miss your dad and it doesn\’t take Memorial Day to remember him. If you are like me you keep him in your heart everyday I\’m sure. Take care and hope you are doing well. Hugs, Pat


  16. Touch
    May 25, 2009 @ 19:17:03

    God bless you, Rhonda. My dad also retired from the US Navy after 26 years, 1942-1968. He passed away on 4 July, 2003, a fitting day for someone who gave a third of his life in service to his country. Something I heard at a funeral service for one of our SEALs killed in Afghanistan came to mind when Dad died. Home is the sailor, home from the seaand the hunter, home from the hillFair winds and following seas, sailor."


  17. Sue
    May 25, 2009 @ 20:43:46

    This a lovely poem RhondaYour Father is always with you, he in your heartSue


  18. Joe
    May 26, 2009 @ 00:48:58

    Absolutely heart stirring my friend! This is fantastic, thank you so very much!


  19. Adrian
    May 26, 2009 @ 00:56:23

    Truly, very well stated! :)Adrian


  20. Zeynep
    May 26, 2009 @ 06:35:11

    Great poem and a touchy tribute Rhonda. Happy Memorial Day also. Some people are giving their lives up for an ideal or utopia. Peace for the world. Hug, Zeynep xx


  21. Lisa ♥
    May 26, 2009 @ 15:43:09

    I was by last night and read this Tribute. Very Nice Rhonda. I love this image of the Sky.My Dad is gone also . He lives on in my Heart everyday. Taken too young.Have a Nice Day.


  22. Why
    May 27, 2009 @ 04:09:29

    A beautiful poem & tribute to your dad Rhonda. I have lost both my parents & still often press the button on a little teddy bear that plays a tune that my dad gave me about 6 years ago. I was very close to my parents & when I need guidance I still wish my dad was alive. Hugs My Friend…Valerie x0x


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