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If Not For You

by Richard Lawrence Belford

posted in Relationships

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I am a well published Inspirational writer and this is the story behind my parable entitled; "If Not For You."
I sincerely hope it brings solace to those who grieve and inspires others to take a moment to recommend, share and tweet this article, especially on behalf of anyone grieving the sudden and unexpected loss of a person dear to their own heart.
It was the thirty-eighth anniversary of Elvis Presley's death on August sixteenth, and the reason I am sharing this is because I had an aunt and uncle that grew up, met and were married listening to his music.
In fact, they loved Elvis's music their entire lives and managed to get just about everyone on both sides of their family's hooked on him.
My aunt and uncle were together for more than forty-five years and both worked extremely hard, struggled to get everything they had, were generous to a fault and always had a very welcoming home.
It was just before my aunt was about to retire that they both decided to sell their original family home in the city and buy their dream house on the water in a small country village.
They had only spent a single summer there when the unthinkable happened, one very foggy November morning my aunt left for work and being unfamiliar with the roads, coupled with the intense amount of fog, accidentally rolled her car through a stop sign and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
She died instantly, leaving behind her husband, three adult children, seven grand children, three sisters, a brother, numerous sister & brother in-laws, dozens of nieces & nephews, and many friends.
I was asked to speak at her funeral and was faced with the incredible honor, and unenviable task of trying to convey my own feelings, as well as everyone else's during this very emotional time. This is what I decided to say.
If Not For You
If not for you we may never have known,
The magic in marrying ones soul mate,
The pleasure of a sister in-laws company
Or the laughter shared with an aunt.
We would not have felt,
The delight in a mother's joy,
The passion of a grandmother's pride.
Or the sorrow in her loss.
If not for you, we may never have seen,
The compassion and generosity of one
Who could not always, afford to give.
Or the worry that came with both.
We could not have shared,
The depth of a sister's love,
The grief in a friend's passing
Or the anguish of a relationship lost.
If not for you, we would have nothing to rejoice.
©2005 RichardLawrenceBelford
It will be ten years this November sixteenth since that tragic day, and three years ago this January, also on the sixteenth that her husband passed away.
I can still remember listening to Elvis's song; "Loving Arms" the day my uncle died. It's amazing how a song, coupled with the dates that my aunt and uncle passed away on, can magically captivate the essence of their lives. I miss them both.
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who illustrates his writings with photography, a married father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
He has been on an eighteen-year creative journey that has allowed him to become very well-published and has been fueled by his genuine desire to provide comfort, faith and hope to those in grief.
Richard invites you to follow him on Twitter @RichardLBelford, check out his Facebook page at: or visit his website at: for further information.
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