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Let us not mourn their passing instead let us celebrate their life

Research has shown that people live longer when they are surrounded by people they love. We are beings that thrive in community and it is not healthy to deny ourselves human contact. For people that live alone, even a pet has been shown to increase the life span for as much as five to seven years. Those of us that have blessed with family have been given a gift. They can join you in time of celebration and also in times of tragedy. Having a family to support you as you go through life is of monumental importance.

Here is a poem by John Dunlop 1755 to 1820

Here's to the Year That's Awa

Here's to the year that's awa! 
We'll drink it in strong and in sma'! 
And here's to ilk bonnie young lassie we lo'ed 
While swift flew the year that's awa; 
And here's to ilk bonnie young lassie we lo'ed 
While swift flew the year that's awa.

Here's to the sodger who bled, 
And the sailor who bravely did fa'; 
Their fame is alive, though their spirits are fled 
On the wings o the year that's awa; 
Their fame is alive, though their spirits are fled 
On the wings o the year that's awa.

Here's to the friends we can trust 
When the storms of adversity blaw; 
May they live in our song and be nearest our heart, 
Nor depart like the year that's awa; 
May they live in our song and be nearest our heart, 
Nor depart like the year that's awa.

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Adapted by Iain Tait