I Say Hello,
But Sadly I Say Good-bye

I say hello, but sadly good-bye,
as I hold you in my arms.
You, who I have known,
deep within my heart.
You are so real to me.
For moments, yet for all eternity.


I ask,
must this be?

To endure in pain
is to ask for answers.
Why must this be?

Does God know why?
Will He enlighten me?
Will He strengthen my faith,
my beliefs so I can endure?
Will I ever know the answer?


Julie Fritsch
Reprinted with permission from
The Anguish of Loss
Fritsch & Ilse, Wintergreen Press, 1988/1992
3630 Eileen Street; Maple Plain, MN 55359