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Leesburg Chapter
March 2015

A Warm Welcome
Debra Thompson, mother of Stephen Skinner

Music - A Window To The Soul
It has been said that music can open a window to the soul. To a bereaved person, music may either drive a knife into an already festering wound, or it may begin to soothe and bring comfort to a shattered and broken spirit.
The once familiar lyrics of an old song may take on new and different meanings, as the senses are filtered through the grief experience. Some examples would be - Irving Berlin’s old standard “The Song is Ended - But The Melody Lingers on”; from the Broadway production, Aspects of Love comes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Changes Everything”; and finally, “Amazing Grace, (how sweet the sound).”
The CD entitled “Josh Groban” contains a beautiful song, “To Where You Are” and speaks to the heart of one who is no longer in our earthly presence. (
How are you affected by music? As a bereaved person, what music evokes emotion? What songs “set you on edge”? What type of music brings comfort to you? Some say music can open a window to the soul. May it be true for you!
~Nancy A. Gleim, from Atlanta TCF Online 

The Music is Forever
One life, like the song strummed softly on the strings,
Makes music to the ears of those who hear it sing.
Discordant notes and harmony, together make the sounds,
But the space between the notes is where the meaning can be found.
A life, May be as brief as a note on a page,
Or as long as a symphony with all the movements played.
But long or short, the melody has its meaning though unfinished,
And for those with ears to hear it, the meaning’s not diminished.
Somewhere the song continues its sweetly singing phrase,
The music is forever, not just for those days.
One life, Like a Song, Strummed softly on the strings,
Makes music to the ears of those who hear it sing.
~Karen Howard, TCF Miami, FL 

For St. Patrick’s Day,
An Irish Prayer
May God give you...
With every storm, a rainbow,
With every tear, a smile,
With every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
With every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
With every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer to each prayer. 

Music of the Soul
We cry for ourselves, not loved ones gone,
They are happy in the great beyond,
No more burdens, heartache or stress,
They live in a state of pure happiness.
It’s those of us left behind,
Who struggle with the concept of time,
On this planet of pain and tears,
Learning and growing through the years.
What a blessing you were to me,
Like a magnificent symphony,
With haunting passages of turbulent lows,
Mixed with brilliant crescendos.
Across the pages lines of notes play,
But then abruptly go away,
A symphony of the story of you,
My wonderful son of twenty-two.
What movement would be playing now,
If you were still here somehow?
A work of such hope and promise,
With so much more to accomplish.
My darling son,
Your earthly work must have been done,
You are now a more brilliant light,
Just beyond earthly sight.
Composing more passages on another plane,
With knowledge earned through joy and pain,
The music of your soul will always flow,
In our hearts this we know.
Listening with our inner ear,
The melody is very clear,
We will strive to overcome our sorrow,
In God’s promise of a joyous tomorrow.
~Claire Ann Stevenson
Used with Permission