A Poem for the Grieving by Janine Byrne and a tribute to my Brother


This poem was wrote by a great friend Janine Byrne who when hearing of the loss of my brother, said the words just came spilling out of her.  Me and my family cannot thank her enough for this heartfelt and thoughtful present which I read at his funeral. It was as if she knew exactly what we needed, exactly what he would of wanted to say and I will be forever grateful to her.

She is a poetic genius and her words are extremely powerful. The best way I can thank her is to share this poem so that thousands and maybe millions of people will stumble across this when they need it most. I am confident this will resonate with the world therefore, even though it has taken days to grasp the energy to post this, I feel it is quite urgent as people are loosing loved ones everyday. Thank you Janine xxx

A Poem for the Grieving

If the end is not the end

But the end is the start

Will you look for the rainbow

As I prepare to depart


Will you hold me in your memories

And erase all I’ve done wrong

Will you continue to remember me

When you hear my favourite song


Will you speak of the good times

And not of the bad

Will you forgive me for my wrong doing

And the times I made you sad


Will you me love forever and

Keep my photo in your purse

Will you tell my kids I love them

At the end of this first verse


Will you commend my mam and dad

For the courage they still show

Will you hug them and hold them tightly

and never let them go


Will you hang my picture on the wall

For everyone to see

I was no angel but I loved you

Please never forget me


If the end is the beginning

And I get a second chance

I’ll be a better person

In this change of circumstance


I might be gone from sight

But I’ll be forever by your side

Helping you to carry on

I’ll always be your guide


I was proud to call you family

Until the very end,

Thank you for the memories

And always being my friend.


In loving memory of my brother Karl Breen who passed away on the 02.02.2015, aged 34 years.

Karl was a highly intelligent individual, thoughtful, kind and vain as they come but we loved every inch of him. I will never forget all the times he has protected me from harm, bent over backwards to see me happy and gave me the biggest bear hugs that made me feel safe. I loved that he called me his lil Sis and hated to see me hurt.

He would of done anything for me, my big sister who was like his twin, my parents, his kids and extended family. I want to thank my Mother and Father for giving me not just a big brother but Karl… and thank the Mothers of his children for doing such a great job on his 4 children even through extremely difficult times.

Big bro,

I promise to make you proud in everything I do. 

I promise to look after our immediate and extended family.

I promise that I will strive everyday to make the world a better place.

I promise that when I reach my goals I will create a positive Media community and hopefully, an empire, that will never hurt anyone.

Finally, I promise I will love you forever and I will never forget you nor let anyone else forget you.

You received a private and beautiful send off. Your kids showed immense bravery and courage, you would be beaming with pride.

Rest in peace Gorgeous xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

My beautiful brother




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