“If tears could build a stairway, and memories were a lane. We would walk right up to heaven, and bring you back again.” And so begins a wonderful poem. I wasn’t familiar with it until I saw those lines engraved on a stone in the backyard of my brother and sister-in-law’s home…

See, my sister-in-law, Karen, tragically lost her daughter three years ago. The stone was at the gravesite of Karen’s sister’s husband. And it was presented to Karen when she lost her daughter.

Here’s the entire piece…

If Tears Could Build a Stairway

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to heaven
And bring you back again

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why

Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know

But now we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store

Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay

Author unknown

I was moved when I saw the stone and learned about the background. Me being me, I had to share.

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