Henry Scott Holland

Death Is Nothing At All - Poem by Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to 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 effect.
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.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

Comments about Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott Holland

  • Tamara Beryl Latham (12/16/2018 8:28:00 AM)

    What a great spiritual message you have penned for your readers. Don't stop writing or praising the Lord. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/8/2018 11:08:00 PM)

    well penned dearHenry remembered my mom and dad when I read it10 (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2018 10:28:00 PM)

    Poem read at Daddy’s funeral. (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2018 8:17:00 PM)

    Let us hope what u say is true. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (11/15/2018 2:04:00 PM)

    if only this were true! i happen to not believe in an afterlife, or Christ as the Son of God. i used to believe....50 years ago.

    'Tis very nicely written, and EXCEPT for the religious tone, i agree with your advice.

    but, if the absent one is a (dead) husband, and the widow remarries, won't a new husband be, perhaps, bothered when he daily hears his new wife talking to her dead husband? ? !

    to MyPoemList.



    maybe i'll use in a showcase some month.
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  • (11/8/2018 8:06:00 PM)

    This poem eliminates fear of death... (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2018 9:57:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful poem (Report) Reply

    (12/15/2018 4:48:00 AM)

    So many times I have heard this read at funerals/ given as cards. I have recently married a widower. The last thing I want is to think that his late wife is hanging about in the other room!

  • (10/20/2018 7:47:00 AM)

    Thank you this brings so many such peace. (Report) Reply

  • (10/17/2018 1:58:00 AM)

    I stumble upon it when I try to understand my mothers death.
    Now I know she live in me.
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  • (10/7/2018 11:38:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem, it helped me when my son died suddenly age 30. I send it to people who have had a loved one die. (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2018 6:23:00 AM)

    I read this poem at my late Uncle's funeral and i really love it. (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2018 1:07:00 PM)

    Thank you I needed this so much (Report) Reply

  • Abby Stringer (10/3/2018 11:06:00 AM)

    I really love the meaning of this poem. It made me tear up because of all the people I have lost. They would say something like this. You are very talented (Report) Reply

  • Mark Jackson (9/12/2018 10:01:00 AM)

    love it keep up the god work (Report) Reply

  • (9/11/2018 10:43:00 AM)

    I love this poem. It makes death seem so simple and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (9/7/2018 12:08:00 PM)

    This is so beautiful.What a delightful way to explain death.I truly love and cherish this lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (7/30/2018 1:29:00 AM)

    This poem hold hope even after death. Death to my mind too is a transitory thing in the overall scheme of God. However, it is important to ensure that the our visit to temples, churches, mosques etc., is just not a routine affair but should lead to the upliftment of our soul. In my last poem, which is a two line couplet, I have pondered upon this aspect. I welcome the reader of poemhunter to read it once. (Report) Reply

  • (7/18/2018 6:52:00 AM)

    I love the poem, but that isn't entirely accurate. This is the end of the poem as it was written by Holland:

    All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
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    (11/14/2018 8:50:00 AM)

    Thank you for clarifying the correct last line of the poem. As a non-Christian, I was a little put off by the altered last line. Why do people feel the need to alter an original work to fit their religious beliefs?

    (10/29/2018 7:52:00 PM)

    My mothers funeral is tomorrow and this is what she would say to all of us. But, you are right. The ending is incorrect and what you have written is as the original was written.

  • (6/30/2018 7:09:00 AM)

    Steve Christopoulos (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2018 12:38:00 PM)

    To my friend James Murray (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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