Stacey – Richard Totten, 25th December 2019, peacefully, at home, his loving family by his side, late of Lord Street, Belfast. Devoted husband of the late Mary, dearly loved father of Richard, Dawn and Samantha, loving grandfather of Benjamin and cherished great-grandfather of Ryan. A Service of Thanksgiving for Richard’s life will be held at 1.30pm on Friday 3rd January 2020 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Richard, if desired, may be made payable to NI Hospice c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “We shared so much together, laughter, joy and tears, now all we have are the memories, of those happy years.”

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."