We Will Remember Them

I’ve had a rough yet extraordinary three weeks. My beloved mother died followed three weeks later by the death of my father. I am filled with gratitude for the gifts my parents modeled for me, chief among them, love, compassion, and hospitality.

judymary This prayer from The Rabbi’s Manual was read at my Dad’s gravesite by the presiding Catholic priest. It was read again at the unveiling of my mother’s tombstone. I love these ecumenical words of wisdom and comfort.

In the rising of the sun and its going down,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us, as
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
From the Rabbi’s Manual, copyright 1988, pp 130-131.

I have been well-loved by these two…

Soldus Bay mom



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40 thoughts on “We Will Remember Them

  1. What a beautiful way to honor their memory-I loved reading it all. The prayer is so touching. I plan to save it. xo, Libba

  2. Am so glad you have this beautiful legacy from your parents. I hope that it gives you comfort not only now, as it clearly does but far into the future. Thank you for sharing their legacy to you with all of us.
    I appreciate your generosity from the bottom of my heart.

  3. Judy, each parent was blessed to have you there so they didn’t cross alone but had their darling daughter there to help them cross over and be a source of strength for your children, husband, brothers, step-parents and others. They passed their mantles to you and you have served them well. We mourn with you and we lift you up as a true symbol of of strength and love and role model supreme. Go with God and know He will cover you with His mantle of strength and healing.

  4. Judy, I can hardly grasp the magnitude of losing both parents in such a short space of time. I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing such endearing memories of each of them. They live on in the hearts of your family. xo, Linda

    1. Linda, you are dear to write. Yes, I would never have imagined they would die so close together. I’m glad we don’t know about such things beforehand. The little metal hen you gave me sits on my window sill which makes me think of you often. xoJudy

  5. I’m so sorry, Judy. What beautiful words you have shared about your parents. I pray that you feel peace and comfort in the days and months to come. Love and hugs to you and the boys. Love, Aimee

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  6. Judy, that prayer is one we recite at Congregation Micah. I hope it gives you great comfort and that your memories help with your loss.

    All my best, Hope

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  7. Such a loving tribute to your parents, and a beautiful prayer for all of us, Judy. So grateful for the love, and light you bring to us. Sending prayers of love, grace and healing~ Laura

  8. Judy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know it is a hard time for you. I will keep you in my prayers.


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  9. Judy, You are in my thoughts & prayers at the loss of your parents. I know this pain as I lost my parents a # of years ago & then my husband more recently. I am familiar with “We Will Remember Them” as a friend shared it with me when my husband passed. I did not know it was from a Rabbi’s Journal. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your parents. I sure miss the neighborhood.

    1. I hated that they decided to tear down my beautiful TN Limestone home but such is life. I am glad they are finally starting to build as many have been asking me. They are a lovely couple & will be a great addition to the neighborhood. I’m not far away so go by frequently but sure miss my home. A big change after living there for 34 years.

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