Say It Now Week "Appreciation"

By: Mike Lynch
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

One of the very great sadness’s associated with the sudden death of a family member or close friend can, for the bereaved, be the lingering anguish and heartache associated with their not having told that person how much they were loved.

All too often, amid the hustle and bustle of the busy lives we lead, we don’t allow ourselves sufficient time to stop and smell the roses and to truly appreciate life’s many blessings.

Someone once said: “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone”; It was that truism that inspired this poem read recently at a funeral.

Appreciation

If with pleasure you are viewing

any work a man is doing

You know him and you like him

tell him so.

Don’t withhold appreciation

till the parson makes oration

and he lies with snow white lilies

on his brow.

For no matter how you shout it

he won’t really care about it

He won’t know how many tears

that you have shed.

So if you feel the credit’s due him

Now’s the time to tell it to him

For he cannot read his tombstone

when he’s dead.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Six Songs That “Say It Now”

We Australians have always been a stoic lot - most of us are well-practiced in keeping emotions to ourselves. I often get the impression that Aussies of a certain age would rather have a tooth pull...

Prostate Cancer Breakthrough

  "Together in Discovery and Care" is the theme for the 19th Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference taking place in Brisbane from the 22-25 August 2018. Prostate cancer is the most c...

Valda Twaddle Trust Awards 2017

In 2006 I received a telephone call from Perry Westons Lawyers regarding funds that were bequeathed to me.  I made an appointment to attend their offices and in doing so I learnt that Valda Tw...

Cultural Diversity Week : Premier's Gala 2018

Tobin Brothers Funerals is honored to have over 200 wonderful staff from a diverse range of cultures and religions who together can speak 28 different languages. This year we’re once again proud to...

Funerals Are Too Important To Leave To Just Anyone

As Managing Director of Australia’s largest owned family funeral company, Tobin Brothers Funerals, I would like to make the following comments on the widely reported alleged coffin swapping by Hart...

Art For The Heart 2017

“Wonderful, Emotive, Beautiful, Inspirational!  I come every year and wouldn’t miss it.” Effusive acclamation from some of the many visitors to Tobin Brothers Funerals annual Art for the H...

The Life Celebration of Daniel Harkins

On 18th June 2017, Daniel John Edward Harkins was returning from Bairnsdale after a race meeting when he stopped to assist a car that had run off the road between Sale and Rosedale, he was tra...

Celebrating our People : 2017 Twenty Year Club Inductions

If anyone had suggested to me back in the 1980s that I would eventually swap my career as a radio announcer/journalist for work in the funeral industry, I would probably have said “You must be joki...

It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry in Australia Comment

  As Managing Director of Tobin Brothers I’d like to make the following comments on a recently released paper “It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry...

Microcosm of Hope

In a world in which the nightly news is so often dominated by reports of unspeakable crime, political unrest and unimaginable acts of terrorism, the people you are about to meet have become beacons...