Posts Tagged ‘I am standing on the seashore’

What Is Dying?

September 29, 2008

ship-on-oceanI have used this beautiful piece of prose on numerous public speaking occasions to honor those who have passed. I’d like to do my part to share it with others who will find it touching and meaningful. The origin of this piece is in doubt, but it’s often attributed to Henry Van Dyke.


I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says: (more…)