Tucked away in a sleepy

Seaside community of Bayswater

Is a sacred space.





Mournful gulls cry

Waves crash against the sandy shore

Breezes blow leaves across the stone floor

Many feel the air, dark and heavy.




The memorial reads:

“In memory of the 229 men, women and children who perished off these shores Sept. 2, 1998. They have been joined to the sky and the sea.”




On the 2nd day of the 9th month of 1998

These beautiful souls

The 229, were never late.

No, each and every one was right on time.

It was those of us who were left

Right where we are

Who were never fine.


I breathe in the heavy air

Fill my lungs with pain and despair

Cry for those who mourn their lost loves.


My breathing eases

I find a space.

A place where love

Is truly Grace.


Bringing all the pain

Suffering and fears

Into my very core

It becomes clear.


All of those who suffered yesterday

Today from these unspeakable losses

Where-ever you are all over the world.

Please, release your pain.


It no longer serves your Higher purpose

Your loved ones are all at peace.

There is only strength in letting go

They wish only for you

To be what you were sent here to do.

Your anguish is a locked door to the reality of the world

Be freed from sadness

Fears and anguished tears.

All have moved on

Each and everyone

Beyond pain, beyond form.


When you come to this place again

See what is truly here

Butterflies and dragonflies

Caressing warm evening skies.

Drink in the vibrant green trees

Grasses and ivies

Feel the life in the granite

Breathe in the warm gentle sea air.


Know that your loved ones are alway near


Living beyond all fear.


Smile that each are exactly where they are called to be

In a different space

Called to help each of us to love, grow

Laugh and know.

Souls truly never leave






When we come here again

Let us rejoice.

Healing our minds

And, our hearts.

Thereby, cleansing the air

Remembering them well

Remembering them fair.


Visit Bayswater Provincial Park and Beach

Visit Swiss Air Memorial

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