AUTHOR’S NOTE: I originally wrote this piece in October 2016 as a guest blogger for the Olivia Newton-John Blog LivOn. Her team requested that I write an essay based on her song Immortality. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Newton-John both in Beverly Hills and in Seattle that year. I will always remember her as one of the most gracious souls I have ever known.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep
When you awake in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there I did not die.
Elizabeth Coplan is a playwright and founder of The Grief Dialogues. She is also a 40+ year PR and marketing veteran. Her professional and life experiences in numerous cities throughout the U.S., including New York City, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Seattle, create an unending library of writing themes.
This piece originally was posted on Olivia Newton-John’s blog for her new album LivOn, music created to “offer hope, compassion & inspiration” for those grieving. http://livonblog.com