Not How He Died...But How He Lived Poem by Summer Sandercox

Not How He Died...But How He Lived

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Not how did he die, but how did he live?

Not what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?

But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when he passed away.

Kelly Sanders 13 November 2017

This is a poem that I found in my Grandfathers memory book from his funeral in 1993; I didn't know it was so popular

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Richard Wlodarski 10 January 2017

I empathize with you, Summer. Just this week, I had a friend who passed away from cancer. On Friday, we're holding a wake for her. It will be interesting to see how she is remembered. I don't know if it will help you any with your pain, but I invite you to read Karen On Her Mind.

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summer sandercox 27 November 2018

i wrote this many years ago. Its been published in several books. I have copyrights to it.

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Sue Anne 27 November 2018

Oops...this poem has been around for quite some time....I first saw it ascribed to anonymous many, many years ago....

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summer sandercox 20 August 2018

I wrote this poem in 2006. It was published online in 2009

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Jeffrey 19 February 2020

I'm a little confused. I have it in a compilation from 2005. Are you sure?

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eryl davies 20 August 2018

when was the poem written?

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Barbara 01 January 2018

This is a beautiful poem. We used it at my brother's funeral. It described him exactly. He passed away two years ago. I still carry the card with me at all times and read it almost daily.Actually. I pretty much have it memorized. Thank you for painting a word picture pf my brother.

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