Letting Go
Poem - I Still Love You
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This wonderful poem comes as a way of explaining the need to be able to more on after losing a loved one. Many people after the death of a loved one, feel ashamed if they experience any joy, laughter or happiness. It is as though an inner voice is telling us that we must be somber and serious, this is the way to show respect and the proper way to mourn. I know after talking to many who are dying that they wish their family members to go on and BE HAPPY!
I Still Love You
  by Sharon Swinney
©1995 Sharon Swinney

About the Author:

Sharon Swinney turned to poetry as a way to deal with her grief after her daughter died. Mary was only 7 ½ weeks old when she died from a Congential Heart Defect. Sharon describes this even as "The hardest thing that our family has ever had to deal with."
She relates her inspiration for this poem. "I laughed one day and it surprised me. I hadn't laughed for such a long time. I felt that this meant that I was finally ready to move on with my life, but I worried Mary may think that I didn't love her anymore. So I wrote this poem to try to explain it to her. It was a sort of transition for me. "
Sharon found the poetry very helpful and was encouraged by others to put her poems together in a book. She was helped by the SANDS (Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support, incl. miscarriage) organization in Australia to get the book published. She has discovered with her book that, "Mary seems to have been able to reach out and touch more people since her death, than she could in her life. I think she would have been pleased."
Sharon's motivation for creating the book, and for sharing her poems can be summarized in the following verse:

If only one person gets comfort from these poems,
Something to show them they are not alone.
Maybe even something to help them dull the pain,
Then I'll know, my precious little Mary,
Did not die in vain.

From the Heart by Sharon Swinney
A collection of poems written from a mother's heart, following the death of her young daughter Mary. For more of Sharon's poems visit her website for Mary at:

A portion of the purchase price of each book goes to SANDS Qld. to support the work of this self-help support group comprised of parents who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or shortly after birth. SANDS provides immediate and ongoing support to bereaved parents, families and friends.

SANDS is handling the sales of this book. The book costs $14AU which includes postage. They have credit card facilities for Master Card, Visa and Bank card.
If you are interested you can contact them:

Last updated November 14, 1998
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