Best Poems For A Funeral

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Poems For A FuneralIf you are writing a eulogy or creating a memorial for a loved one, we recommend that you read our selection of best poems for a funeral. Poems are an effective way to express your emotions, but there are a lot of poems to choose from. We have selected a few of our favorites below.

The word, “commemorate” literally means, “to remember together.” When people commemorate something, they are literally coming together to remember something that they have in common. This is what a funeral is. It is a group of people coming together to remember someone who has passed away.

This is why people are asked to “say a few words” at a funeral. People want to hear from someone who was close to the person who is deceased. This person is usually someone who was very close to the person who is being remembered, and is being asked to take a lead role in the commemoration of the person’s life. This is where poems for a funeral can come in handy. We don’t always know what words we want to say. A good poem speaks to us and how we are feeling about the person being remembered and can provoke the same feelings in those listening to the speaker.

Poetry has another place at a funeral. Poems for a funeral are often part of the funeral program and give those who have come for the ceremony some words to reflect upon while they are remembering the deceased. Space and money permitting, a couple of lines from a poem can also be put on the headstone or obituary. Good poems, these days, are thankfully easy to find.

Best Poems For A Funeral

Poem 1

A Song of the Living, by Amelia Burr:

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 cheeks like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.

Poem 2

Away, by James Whitcomb Riley:

I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
She has wandered into an unknown land;

Poem 3

Never Mourn At My Funeral, by Adesitimi Taiwo:

Never mourn at my funeral
Because i’m not dead but sleeping
And relaxing on Abraham’s bossom
Never mourn at my funeral
You that come in view to mourning
But within you, you’re here to mock
Because my poetry has once expose your secret-deeds
Throw my body where you please
Or let it be dismembered
Never mourn at my funeral
You the insect that bites my daffodils
And you who want my fish to swim on a dry earth
Throw me on a stormy sea
Where Jonah fell
But its a glorious shame
I can never sight the river bank of Joppa
Never mourn at my funeral
You that come in my maker’s name
Just to bless my end
Go thy way and search for lust souls
Wear them a garment pure as snow
Before they lie low with me
And journey hell eternal
Never mourn at my funeral
But mourn for we’re debtors of death

Poem 4

When I Am Gone, by Unknown Poet:

When I am gone, release me – let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you love,
you can only guess, how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love each have shown,
but now it is time I travelled alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust
It is only for a while that we must part
so bless those memories within your heart.
I will not be far away, for life goes on.
so if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All of my love around you, soft and clear.
Then when you must come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile and “Welcome Home”

Poem 5

The Road Not Taken, by Robert Lee Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And
sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, lon I stood And looked
down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair. And
having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear.
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay. In leave
so step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet
knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh.
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took
the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Poem 6

The Fallen Limb, by Poet Unknown:

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.

Poem 7

Asleep, by Emily Dickinson:

As far from pity as complaint,
As cool to speech as stone,
As numb to revelation
As if my trade were bone.
As far from time as history,
As near yourself to-day
As children to the rainbow’s scarf,
Or sunset’s yellow play
To eyelids in the sepulchre.
How still the dancer lies,
While color’s revelations break,
And blaze the butterflies!

Poem 8

Farewell My Friends, by Gitanjali Ghei:

It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
Save the pain I’ll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care…
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul…
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell, my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
For that’s what I’ll like when you live in the hearts
Of those you love, remember then
You never die.

Poem 9

Goodnight, by AE Housman:

Goodnight; ensured release,
Imperishable peace,
Have these for yours,
While sea abides, and land,
And earth’s foundations stand,
and heaven endures.

When earth’s foundations flee,
nor sky nor land nor sea
At all is found
Content you, let them burn:
It is not your concern;
Sleep on, sleep sound.

Poem 10

His Journey Has Begun, by Ellen Brenneman:

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.

 

The poems for a funeral above are the types of poems that can help people remember together the life of the person being honored and can help people share in their ceremony of remembering. They are poems that can help comfort and reflect on the life that all are coming together to pay tribute to. Words can help us remember important times with the ones we love.

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