When I Die

When I die don’t think you’ve ”lost” me.
I’ll be right there with you, living on in the memories we have made.

When I die don’t say I ”fought a battle.” Or ”lost a battle.” Or ”succumbed.”
Don’t make it sound like I didn’t try hard enough, or have the right attitude, or that I simply gave up.

When I die don’t say I ”passed.”
That sounds like I walked by you in the corridor at school.

When I die tell the world what happened.

Plain and simple.
No euphemisms, no flowery language, no metaphors.

Instead, remember me and let my words live on.

Tell stories of something good I did.

Give my children a kind word. Let them know what they meant to me. That I would have stayed forever if I could.

Don’t try to comfort my children by telling them I’m an angel watching over them from heaven or that I’m in a better place:

There is no better place to me than being here with them.
They have learned about grief and they will learn more.

That is part of it all.

When I die someday just tell the truth:
I lived, I died.
The end.

Mark Bonchek