- 67 years old
- Date of birth: May 3, 1947
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Oct 7, 2014
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Mirano ( Mike) be with us forever|
"Two years has passed us by, but our memories will last forever. Liz and the boys are doing well, trying to keep an eye on them. Hopefully you and Michael have crossed paths and had a nice cold beer together. Forever missed. God Bless"
"Dear friend, another birthday without you here to celebrate with. We will toast you today, because of a special day and a special person. Thanks for so many years of friendship, always missed, loved. Maureen/Michael xoxoxo"
"My Walk Through Grief
My path of grief is a dark and lonely walk. I struggle to see but I am blind. My tears are my close companion, my pain a constant reminder that i am alone.
Each night before I sleep I think of you, each morning at the moment between sleep and awareness I feel you are with me. I blink you are gone. The realization that you are no longer beside me is a cold fact!
I would give everything to hold your hand, kiss you one last time. I would even settle for an argument. To hear you call my name, to have one last talk. I would gladly give all i have!
I have kept some of your cloths. I hold them close breathe deeply hoping that i can still smell you. Your sent is gone, and your not there!
I wear your shirt pretending your arms are around me, they are not!
Little by little you are getting farther away from me! I am left with empty dreams and a ache in my heart that seems to big for any one person to carry.
You are the only ones who new what we had! you and i are the only ones who truly understood what we meant to each other!
Maybe in time the memories of you will be enough but not right now!
So for now i will walk this journey of grief!
I wrote this 3 months after you passed. It has now been one year! I thought for sure when they told us you had cancer the world must stop, it did not. Then when you died how could anything keep going the world surely must stop now. it did not, it was only my world!!
It is true time is a great healer I know you want me to get on with the business of living. I have been trying maybe this year will be better.
Thank you for standing by me! Love you always"
"It's hard to believe 1 yr. has passed since your leaving us. Even though you are not here in body, you are remembered constantly and fondly. You need to know that Liz and the boys are OK, but in my heart of hearts, I know you already know that and that you look down on them as their guardian angel. Keep up your good work. Missed always, Lov/Hugs Maureen/Michael xoxoxo"
"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there - I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints in snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
As you awake with morning's hush
I am the swift-up-flinging rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there - I did not die."
"My roommate many yrs. ago, my friend, my best man. I am sad you are gone, but happy that there is no more pain. Never worry about your wee family, Liz, Curtis and Martin, we will always be there for all of them. RIP until we meet again, Lov ya Michael/Maureen xoxo"
October 11, 2014
Today we gather together to remember Mike, so let us take a moment in
quiet to reflect on our individual relationship with Mike.
Mike … as a brother
… as a husband
… as a father
… as a friend
Life is sometimes described as a journey, and within that journey we
often use the phrase that we see the light at the end of the tunnel to refer to
the end of a troublesome situation.
I believe Mike was for almost 2 years grappling with the journey to that light
at the end of his tunnel.
This light at the end of the tunnel can be referred to as the opposite of
darkness, a darkness of doubt and fear that can engulf us, that was so real
This light can also be referred to the opposite of something being heavy.
Mike has been relieved of the heavy burden of illness.
And our thoughts turn to Elisabeth, Curtis, Martin and to all who mourn.
May their burden of loss and grief be lightened. May their moments of
darkness be offset by the light of a peace that surpasses all human
understanding, their path be lit by the love and assurance of those who
have gone before them.
Within Mike’s journey was his baptism into the Christian church. Though
not a churchy religious guy on the exterior there was a seed of faith that
had been planted within him. As a secular man he grabbed the steering
wheel of life and set as a goal getting those journeying with him, home, to a
In closing I will refer to a text from the Bible, Matthew’s gospel:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am
gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my
yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
… and a word of prayer:
Gracious God, support us all the day long of this earthly life, until the
shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then, O God, in your mercy,
grant us safe lodging, a holy rest,
and peace at the last;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
… and a word from the poet Walt Whitman
A Clear Midnight
This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest
Night, sleep, death, and the stars.
We now commit Mike’s mortal remains to the earth. A man no longer seen,
a voice no longer heard, but a soul that will forever remain in our heart,
mind and spirit."
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