Paul Hopper
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06 November 2004 @ 23:46:00
still in our hearts
It was a year ago tonight.

Dad, you're still in our hearts and always on our minds. You live on, not just in our memories and the little bits of recorded history we have in photos, papers, and even old messages on the answering machine, but also in how you've impacted those you've met, those whose lives you've touched. You live on through me, Aaron, and Bekah. We love you. We miss you.
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(Anonymous) on November 6th, 2004 - 17:26:07 ET
Thinking about you, Bekah and Aaron today (and yesterday). Nothing will erase the loss you feel, but it will morph into a kalaidoscope of memories, funny, sad, and sweet. It will fuel efforts to have your life bring meaning to other people, as your Dad's did. I will never understand why he lived as he did, why we had to lose him so early. But I will never regret the wonderful things we shared, the best of which was the three of you.
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risler [link] on November 8th, 2004 - 03:06:07 ET
I've never been able to find the right words to say when a loved one is gone. I do have a poem that I've held on to for a while though. I found comfort in it once, I hope it may help you as well.

That he was near to you
so many a year
But darkens you to distress.
Would you rather he were
less worthy and less dear
That you might grieve the less?

He was a golden font
that freely poured
What goldenly endures,
And though that font be gone,
its bounty stored
and treasured,
Still is yours.

The past is deathless.
Souls are wells too deep
To spend their purest gains.
All that he gave to you
is yours to keep
While memory remains.

Who never had and lost
forlorn are they
Far more than you and I
Who have had and
Judge not the price we pay
For love that cannot die.
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