Funeral Poems

Posted by Andrew on February 25, 2019

Some people choose not to talk about funerals at all. Well, we can understand this decision: this is very hard to talk about a dearest person who has gone. Losing a loved one is a too difficult thing by itself, and the only thing that is left to do after such a loss is try to forget about this pain and sorrows.
However, sometimes one needs to say something in memory of the beloved people who are not here anymore. It happens before or during funerals, or even after. If you want to say something – do not make yourself keep silence. Some people write the poems to express all the emotions; they do not show such feelings in public and it is obvious because it is a rare case when a person tries to catch the people’s attention by his/her loss. People just post their sad works on the Internet more often than read them aloud.
In memory of your beloved ones, who are in Heaven now, we have created this little place with funeral poems, that we have found on the Internet. Take your time and release your emotions and tears, if you want to cry. You should know that you are not alone and you are not the only one with a heavy burden. We and everyone who knows what it is like not being able to see a beloved one again support you.

Short Funeral Poems

Some people just cannot say more, some cannot talk about death at all. It is a very philosophical thought, to talk about the afterlife; we cannot even imagine what is waiting for us there. People always try to imagine something beautiful and comfortable, and some of us even know what it is like- to see the end of the life. Unfortunately, such people (who opened their eyes after coma) can be met too rarely to believe that anyone can awake from such a “dream”… But it still doesn’t prevent us from believing.

  • Don’t think of me as gone away,
    My journey’s just begun.
    Life holds so many facets,
    This earth is but one.
  • Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
  • And I’ve got to understand
    You must release the ones you love
    And let go of their hand.
    I try and cope the best I can
    But I’m missing you so much
    If I could only see you
    And once more feel your touch.
    Yes, you’ve just walked on ahead of me
    Don’t worry I’ll be fine
    But now and then I swear I feel
    Your hand slip into mine.
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

Non-Religious Funeral Poems and Verses

With all that scientific progress that we experience every day, some people just cannot keep the religious beliefs in their hearts and minds. However, as far as people are inquisitive and used to thinking over everything, they have to put some thoughts about the afterlife in their heads. A lot of scientific theories have appeared because of the people’s habit to question everything. The poetry below touches such people, who probably do not want to hear something religious even after their death.

  • As long as hearts remember
    As long as hearts still care
    We do not part with those we love
    They’re with us everywhere
  • I know that no matter what
    You will always be with me.
    When life separates us
    I’ll know it is only your soul
    Saying goodbye to your body
    But your spirit will be with me always.
    When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
    I will know it is you singing to me.
    When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
    I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
    When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
    I will know it is you reminding me
    To appreciate the simple things in life.
    When the sun shining through my window awakens me
    I will feel the warmth of your love.
    When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill
    I will hear your words of wisdom
    And will remember what you taught me so well’
    That without rain trees cannot grow
    Without rain flowers cannot bloom
    Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong.
    When I look out to the sea
    I will think of your endless love for your family.
    When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence
    I will think of your courage for your country.
    No matter where I am
    Your spirit will be beside me
    For I know that no matter what
    You will always be with me.
  • When I am gone, release me, let me go.
    I have so many things to see and do,
    You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears,
    But be thankful we had so many good years.
  • Speak of me as you have always done.
    Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.Share the happy memories we’ve made.
    Do not let them wither or fade.I’ll be with you in the summer’s sun
    And when the winter’s chill has come.I’ll be the voice that whispers in the breeze.
    I’m peaceful now, put your mind at ease.I’ve rested my eyes and gone to sleep,
    But memories we’ve shared are yours to keep.Sometimes our final days may be a test,
    But remember me when I was at my best.
    Although things may not be the same,
    Don’t be afraid to use my name.
    Let your sorrow last for just a while.
    Comfort each other and try to smile.
    I’ve lived a life filled with joy and fun.
    Live on now, make me proud of what you’ll become.
  • In times of darkness, love sees…
    In times of silence, love hears…
    In times of doubt, love hopes…
    In times of sorrow, love heals…
    And in all times, love remembers.
    May time soften the pain
    Until all that remains
    Is the warmth of the memories
    And the love.

Memorial Poems for Loved Ones Who Passed Away

Poetry can say everything for you, if you want to speak, of course. You can even write poetry by yourself and recite it for the one who passed away. If you are a guest at a funeral, such poems will help you to express your mourning and pay respect to those who have lost their dearest ones.

  • And when the stream that overflows has passed,
    A consciousness remains upon the silent shore of memory;
    Images and precious thoughts that shall not be
    And cannot be destroyed.
  • A death as occurred and everything is changed.
    We are painfully aware that life can never be the same again,
    That yesterday is over,
    That relationships once rich have ended.But there is another way to look upon this truth.
    If life now went on the same,
    Without the presence of the one who had died,
    we could only conclude that the life we remember
    made no contribution,
    filled no space,
    meant nothing.The fact that this person left behind a place
    that cannot be filled is a high tribute to this individual.Life can be the same after a trinket has been lost,
    but never after the loss of a treasure.
  • Don’t think of him as gone away
    his journey’s just begun,
    life holds so many facets
    this earth is only one.
    Just think of him as resting
    from the sorrows and the tears
    in a place of warmth and comfort
    where there are no days and years.
    Think how he must be wishing
    that we could know today
    how nothing but our sadness
    can really pass away.
    And think of him as living
    in the hearts of those he touched…
    for nothing loved is ever lost
    and he was loved so much.
  • If flowers grow in heaven,
    Lord, then pick a bunch for me.
    Then place them in my mother’s arms
    and tell her they’re from me.
    Tell her that I love and miss her
    and when she turns to smile,
    place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.

Funeral Readings from Poems

If you do not know what to say at a funeral, you can say nothing at all. However, some rules or traditions oblige the people, who are present at a funeral, to say something in remembrance of the departed. Here we have some sincere words that will help you to deal with those traditions.

  • May the roads rise up to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    May the rains fall soft upon fields
    And until we meet again
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
  • Though her smile is gone forever
    and her hand I cannot touch
    I still have so many memories
    Of the one I loved so much.
    Her memory is now my keepsake
    Which with I’ll never part.
    God has her in her keeping
    I have her in my heart.
    Sadly missed, but never forgotten.
  • If I should go before the rest of you
    Break not a flower
    Nor inscribe a stone
    Nor when I am gone
    Speak in a Sunday voice
    But be the usual selves
    That I have knownWeep if you must
    Parting is hell
    But life goes on
    So…sing as well
  • As we look back over time
    We find ourselves wondering …..
    Did we remember to thank you enough
    For all you have done for us?
    For all the times you were by our sides
    To help and support us …..
    To celebrate our successes
    To understand our problems
    And accept our defeats?
    Or for teaching us by your example,
    The value of hard work, good judgement,
    Courage and integrity?
    We wonder if we ever thanked you
    For the sacrifices you made.
    To let us have the very best?
    And for the simple things
    Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
    If we have forgotten to show our
    Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
    We’re thanking you now.
    And we are hoping you knew all along,
    How much you meant to us.

Short Obituary Poems

Your profound condolences can be also expressed with obituary poems. You can take the short ones and say less, but still a lot. Below you will see ones of the warmest and tears-triggering short poems that we have ever seen. Try not to cry reading them, as they are very touching.

  • You promised me you’d always be there.
    You sat there, in that chair and promised me.
    Large as life, ebullient, robust;
    they were the words that sealed your promise
    You stood by the shore
    As we laughed and squealed with delight as
    you picked up rocks and tossed them with ease
    Splashing us with expectations of your invincibility.
    You were invincible. Weren’t you (insert name)?
    Or was it just a trick of time
    That made me believe that you could live forever?
  • A light went out on Earth for me
    The day we said goodbye
    And on that day a star was born,
    The brightest in the sky
    Reaching through the darkness
    With its rays of purest white
    Lighting up the Heavens
    As it once lit up my life
    With beams of love to heal
    The broken heart you left behind
    Where always in my memory
    Your lovely star will shine
  • I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
    I am never without it (anywhere
    I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing, my darling)
    I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
    I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
    and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
    and whatever a sun will always sing is you
    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of a tree called life; which grows
    higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
    I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart).
  • She always leaned to watch for us
    Anxious if we were late,
    In winter by the window,
    In summer by the gate.And though we mocked her tenderly
    Who had such foolish care,
    The long way home would seem more safe,
    Because she waited there.Her thoughts were all so full of us,
    She never could forget,
    And so I think that where she is
    She must be watching yet.Waiting ‘til we come home to her
    Anxious if we are late
    Watching from Heaven’s window
    Leaning from Heaven’s gate.

Beautiful Eulogy Poems

Sometimes it is needed to talk with a deceased person, even if such a moment comes after his or her death. If you are tired of the thoughts and words that you cannot say – do not be sad, our reader. You still can speak with your dearest one. Just say it at the funeral, using either your own words or expressing your emotions through poetry.

  • Life can never stay the same
    No matter how we try
    Our hands can never stop
    The clock of life from ticking by
    But love remains, unchanging
    In the care of sorrowing hearts
    For as the love of life is stilled
    The love of memory starts
  • You can shed tears that he is gone,
    Or you can smile because he lived,
    You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
    Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.You can remember him and only that he is gone
    Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
    You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,
    Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes,
    love and go on.
  • Gone from us that smiling face,
    The cheerful pleasant ways,
    The heart that won so many friends,
    In bygone, happy days.A life made beautiful by kindly deeds,
    A helping hand for others’ needs.
    To a beautiful life,
    Comes a happy end,
    She died as she lived,
    Everyone’s friend.
  • Dust unto dust,
    To this all must;
    The tenant hath resign’d
    The faded form To waste and worm-
    Corruption claims her kind.Through paths unknown
    Thy soul hath flown,
    To seek the realms of woe,
    Where fiery pain
    Shall purge the stain
    Of actions done below.In that sad place,
    By Mary’s grace,
    Brief may thy dwelling be
    Till prayers and alms,
    And holy psalms,
    Shall set the captive free.

Celebration of Life Poems for Funerals

This is important to remember that life is an incredible thing. This is important to believe that the soul is an eternal and immortal essence. This is important to pick yourself up and do not give up after losing a person you love. Here we have placed the funeral words that cannot make you glad or smiling, but still can help you release your tears.

  • When loved ones have to part
    To help us feel were with them still
    And soothe a grieving heart
    They span the years and warm our lives
    Preserving ties that bind
    Our memories build a special bridge
    And bring us peace of mind
  • I love you Dad with all my heart
    And hate that we should be apart
    Our love is a bond that can’t be broken
    You may be gone, but never forgottenI remember the day you went away
    The pain in my heart is every beat
    But I know that eventually, one day
    We will, once again meetThe loss is something I can’t describe
    I’m really going to miss you
    One day I’ll be back by your side
    So I can hug and kiss youThere are no words to tell you,
    Just what I’m feeling inside
    The shock, the hurt, the anger
    One day, will gradually subsideThings will never again be the same
    And though I’m hurting quite bad
    I will smile whenever I hear your name
    And be so proud to remember my Dad
  • When we are weary and in need of strength,
    When we are lost and sick at heart,
    We remember him.
    When we have a joy we crave to share
    When we have decisions that are difficult to make
    When we have achievements that are based on his
    We remember him.
    At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
    At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
    We remember him.
    At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
    At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
    We remember him.
    At the rising of the sun and at its setting,
    We remember him.
    As long as we live, he too will live
    For he is now a part of us,
    As we remember him.
  • Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
    I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
    I have run and leaped with the rain,
    I have taken the wind to my breast.
    My cheek like a drowsy child
    to the face of the earth I have pressed.
    Because I have loved life,
    I shall have no sorrow to die.

Good Poems to Say Goodbye at A Funeral

Reading poems at a funeral is one of the most impressive and respectful ways to say goodbye. Unfortunately, writing poems is not as simple as we want it to be, but the Internet makes everything easier, and the poetry is not an exception. Here are some good poems to say goodbye at a funeral.

  • Life is but a stopping place,
    A pause in what’s to be,
    A resting place along the road,
    to sweet eternity.
    We all have different journeys.
    Different paths along the way,
    We all were meant to learn some things,
    but never meant to stay…
    Our destination is a place,
    Far greater than we know.
    For some the journey’s quicker,
    For some the journey’s slow.
    And when the journey finally ends,
    We’ll claim a great reward,
    And find an everlasting peace,
    Together with the lord
  • To my dearest darling Nana,
    Up in Heaven, high above
    I know today you’re with us all,
    And sending all your love.Today we all remember you,
    And bid you one last goodbye,
    Celebrate the life you’ve had
    And maybe have a cry.You’ll never be forgotten Nan,
    I’ll just close my eyes and see,
    Your smiling face and feel your love
    And you’ll be close to me.You had such a long life,
    So many have so less,
    It was your time, the Angels came,
    And placed you with the best.So dear Nana, up above
    Although you’re no longer here,
    In my heart is where I’ll keep you,
    Forever, you’ll be near.If I should go tomorrow
    It would never be goodbye,
    For I have left my heart with you,
    So don’t you ever cry.
    The love that’s deep within me,
    Shall reach you from the stars,
    You’ll feel it from the heavens,
    And it will heal the scars.
  • Now we are like that flat cone of sand
    in the garden of the Silver Pavilion in Kyoto
    designed to appear only in moonlight.Do you want me to mourn?
    Do you want me to wear black?Or like moonlight on whitest sand
    to use your dark, to gleam, to shimmer?
    I gleam. I mourn.

Memorial Service Poetry: Bereavement Poems

Bereavement is a hard burden. Coping with it is hard and we wish it was easier to say the words of sympathy to those who lost the dearest one. Allow us to convey our sincere condolences and sympathy to you and give you several beautiful memorial poems.

  • No winter without a spring
    And beyond the dark horizon
    Our hearts will once more sing…
    For those who leave us for a while
    Have only gone away
    Out of a restless, care worn world
    Into a brighter day
  • We little knew the day that
    God was going to call your name.
    In life we loved you dearly,
    In death we do the same.It broke our hearts to lose you
    But you didn’t go alone.
    For part of us went with you
    The day God called you home.You left us peaceful memories.
    Your love is still our guide,
    And though we cannot see you
    You are always at our side.
  • Our family chain is broken
    and nothing seems the same,
    but as God calls us one by one
    the chain will link again.
  • An honest man here lies at rest,
    The friend of man, the friend of truth,
    The friend of age, and guide of youth:
    Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
    Few heads with knowledge so inform’d;
    If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
    If there is none, he made the best of this.
  • Happy the man, and happy he alone,
    He who can call today his own:
    He who, secure within, can say,
    Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
    Be fair or foul or rain or shine
    The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
    Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
    But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.

Uplifting and Happy Funeral Poems

Funeral poems are not the ones that can make you laugh. However, some of them are aimed at relaxing you and all the sad people. We have some funeral words of comfort that cannot, of course, make you forget all your pain, but still can lift a bit your mood and remind you that your beloved one does not want to see your tears. Give him or her your brightest smile and these wonderful poems.

  • Like a shadow in the moonlight
    Like the whisper of the seas
    Like the echoes of a melody
    Just beyond our reach
    In the shadow of our sorrow
    Past the whisper of goodbye
    Love shines through eternity
    A heartbeat from our eye
  • I cannot say and I will not say
    That he is dead, he is just away.
    With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
    He has wandered into an unknown land;
    And left us dreaming how very fair
    Its needs must be, since he lingers there.
    And you — oh you, who the wildest yearn
    From the old-time step and the glad return —
    Think of him faring on, as dear
    In the love of there, as the love of here
    Think of him still the same way, I say;
    He is not dead, he is just away.
  • Music, when soft voices die,
    Vibrates in the memory —
    Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
    Live within the sense they quicken.
    Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
    Are heaped for the belovèd’s bed;
    And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
    Love itself shall slumber on.
  • I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
    I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
    I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
    Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
    I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
    Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Famous Funeral Poems to Read at A Funeral

If you do not know what to say at a funeral, you may refer to famous people. This is the way to say everything right, respecting all the formal and informal traditions. Such funeral poems will help you to pay tribute to the deceased.

  • If I should die and leave you here a while,
    Be not like others sore undone,
    Who keep long vigil by the silent dust.
    For my sake turn again to life and smile,
    Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
    Something to comfort other hearts than thine.
    Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
    And I perchance may therein comfort you.
  • I hold it true, whate’er befall;
    I feel it, when I sorrow most;
    ‘Tis better to have loved and lost
    Than never to have loved at all.
  • She’s in the sun, the wind, the rain,
    she’s in the air you breathe
    with every breath you take.
    She sings a song of hope and cheer,
    there’s no more pain, no more fear.
    You’ll see her in the clouds above,
    hear her whisper words of love,
    you’ll be together before long,
    until then, listen for her song.
  • Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
    Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee do go,
    Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
    Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally
    And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

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