Wednesday, May 2, 2012, RU Humanist Chaplain Barry paricipated in the memorial service for students and other members of the Rutgers Community who had died the previous year. The service was held in the Graduate Student Lounge and is only the second annual event of its type at Rutgers.
It was sponsored by other campus chaplaincies, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Student Life.
Barry spoke about his own father’s death in the previous year. He suggested that human relationships are among the greatest treasures in our lives, and that even after someone close is lost, something shining from that life still remains. Then he read a poem by M. D. Hughs called THE TIDE RECEDES:
The tide recedes, but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down but gentle warmth
still lingers on the land.
The music stops and yet it lingers on
in sweet refrain.
For every joy that passes
something beautiful remains.
After the service, Barry stayed to counsel some of the parents who seemed distraught.