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REMEMBER ME


The day will come when my body will lie
upon a white sheet neatly tucked under four
corners of a mattress in a hospital busily
occupied with the living and dying.


At a certain moment, a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that,
for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.


When that happens, do not attempt to instil artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don't call this my deathbed.
Let it be called the Bed of Life,and let my body be taken
from it to help others lead fuller lives.


Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise,
a baby's face or love in the eyes of a woman.

Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.


Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live
to see his grandchildren play.


Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine
to exist from week to week.


Take my bones, every muscle, every fibre and nerve in my body, and find a way to make a crippled child walk.


Explore every corner of my brain.
Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow
so that, some day, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear
the sound of rain against her window.


Burn what is left of me, and scatter the ashes
to the winds to help the flowers grow.


If you must bury something, let it be my faults,
my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man.


Give my sins to the devil. Give my soul to God.


If, by chance, you wish to remember me,
do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs it.


If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.


Author Unknown


I have carried this in my purse for nearly forty years.


Love from Linda


The Pages of Avalon


July 2006