Dedication to my beloved brother
Uwe Kaulbersch
*April 12, 1961   †September 28, 2006

I owe him the original version
of my homepage.


Death is Nothing at All

Death is nothing at all...
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect, without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind, because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well.

Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)

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