Don’t grieve for me. The poem is like a comforting message from someone who has passed away, telling people not to be sad because he is in a much better place now.
He had a full and wonderful life, with great friends and lots of love, but now he has left behind everything he used to do, including laughing, loving, and working.
As of now, he has found peace at the end of the day. He is now far away from worries and in an awesome place Even though it might be sad that he left everything and went to a new place,
He doesn’t want his loved ones to be sad. Instead, he wants a happy future for them. Let’s read the poem. Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, and give comfort to our sad hearts.
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of day
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, my loved one’s touch
If my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart, rejoice with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
I wrote the poem “I’m Free” on June 22, 1974, after attending a funeral and thinking about life. Back then, I was 35 years old, a wife, and a mother.
I didn’t want people to be sad if something happened to me. I had already answered big life questions like getting married and having kids.
My mom suggested getting a copyright for the poem, but I couldn’t imagine anyone being interested, except maybe mortuaries! Finally,
I applied for a copyright, and it was granted on May 9, 1994 (registration number TX 3-837-377). When the Internet became popular, I discovered my poem on various websites.
Just search the first line on Google, and you’ll see what I mean! Sometimes, my name is left out, and it’s credited to “author unknown” or someone else.
Some people even put it on products and make money from it. It was even in a memorial book my family bought when my mom passed away in 1995!
People changed it a bit and used it on websites for loved ones, champion horses, and pets.
I found it on memorials for different famous people like Michael Hutchence, a rock star, a 9/11 memorial, Columbine High School, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from TLC, Kenny Irwin, the NASCAR driver, Ossie Davis, and Whitney Houston.
I hired lawyers to try to stop those making money from my poem, like Walmart, but it was expensive and didn’t bring many results.