Elsa Quirino Ballesteros
Baycrest Hospital Tribute

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Baycrest Hospital

Toronto, Ontario

Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say

But first of all to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I’m writing this from heaven, here I dwell with God above

Here there’s no more tears of sadness, here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight

Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

The day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me and this is what he said:

            “I welcome you.

            It’s good to have you back again.

            You were missed while you were gone.

            As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on

            I need you here badly; you’re part of my plan.

            There’s so much that we have to do,

            to help our mortal man”.

God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do

And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight.

God and I are closes to you ... in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years,

Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned

If I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over

I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb

But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too;

That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and pain;

Then you can say to God at night ... “My day was not in vain”.

And now I’m contented ... that my life was worthwhile

Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;

Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way to go.

When you’re walking down the street

And you’ve got me on your mind;

I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it’s time for you to go ... from that body to be free

Remember you’re not going ... you’re coming here to me.

-- from the Aish HaTorah Organization

Above is the order of Service (left) and List of all patients (right) who passed away at Baycrest Hospital in the last (6) six months (December 2015 - May 2016).  They were remembered and honoured today by the staff, families, and friends.

(click to enlarge)

“Those we love don’t go away

They walk beside us everyday

Unseen, unheard, but ever near,

Still loved, still missed, still very dear.”

-- Author Unknown

Recalling the memory of our loved ones

Truths to live with while grieving