Today, April 30th, Rutgers University held their annual memorial service for students who have died over the course of the year.  The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students in collaboration with Student Life, the Interfaith Chaplains Association at Rutgers and CAPS.  This year the event was held at the Rutgers Student Center in the Graduate Student Lounge.

The Humanist Community at Rutgers was one of a number of Chaplaincies to offer words of solace to the grieving families.  Our Assistant Humanist Chaplain David Yaden read a poem, below.  Afterwards David met with the other Chaplains and many of the family members who attended.  Previous years RU Humanist Chaplain Barry Klassel has read M. Hughs’ The Tide Recedes.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

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