Thursday, June 20, 2013

Memory of Ji-chan

It's been so far long since Ji-chan's passing. It was so hard to overcome.... and it still be. Well, I'm trying to make myself better.

Obituary is not so common unless celebrities in Japan. Generally, we have many memorial services after the funeral. Like the first 7th day, the 49th one, first memorial anniversary day etc.
In my family, we didn't have anything particular since we followed the desire of the deceased.
His ashes were laid to rest on June 2.  This is the common way for us. At the funeral, his body was cremated. It's our low and we need to have the cremation permit when we have the one. Then we keep the ashes at home until the 49th memorial day. But we can lay the ashes earlier if we want to.
On his 49th memorial day was June 16th, the Father's day. It must be something.

This is the memorial piece for him.

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 sun on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there; I did not die.

                          Rest in Peace
                          I always love you.


Babbs said...

Dear Nobue, it will take a long time to grieve. It's OK. No time limit on loving your Dad.
He's being missed by several people. So, you aren't alone.
Hugs and kisses. Ja ney.
Love, Betty.

P.S. thank you for posting about your Dad's funeral.

Nobue Masuda said...

Thank you for your thoughtful comments. You are always with me whenever I'd face hardship. I appreciate that you have been my friend. Yes, I'm not alone.
Love you! Ja ney!!