The following is a story, in verse, of a patient at Newry Hospice. I saw a sign today, you showed it to my soul I thank you for the gift of time You gave before I go. It gives me a chance Lord, One I didn't think I had Of saying to those that I love In my passing - don't be sad. I've lived my life as I thought With values based on good Sometimes I fell along the way I guess you knew I would But in my heart and in my mind Stayed true as I believed To my family and my faith Helped by the blessings I received. To the Lady in my life Her love on me you bestowed A blessing to someone like me To have and hold A sadness in parting But a joy to have shared The lifetime of love in the arms Of someone who cared. I can tell all my children How proud they make me feel Of the good times we have shared And those things they have achieved I want to see that look of love Just one more time Share it with them silently And etch it on my mind. Then I'll make my last walk With you by my side This gift you have granted Will help those left behind Let the bells in the Chapel Call my friends in to pray May their prayers of love for you Help me on my way. In my children, I leave a legacy For all the world to look and see And know that they in return Will pass on lessons I had learned Of love, of courage, of pulling together Around respective family trees Knowing the span 'tween my life and death Will always be filled with memories .