Top Poems To Read At A Funeral

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Poems To Read At A FuneralOne of the nicest ways to commemorate a loved one is by including poems in your eulogy. We have collected some of the top poems to read at a funeral, which will make it easier for you to find the perfect poem for your speech.

People read and enjoy poetry for many reasons. Sometimes it’s just enjoyable to sit back with a book of poems and let the meaning of the words flow through us. Poems are also used to mark all the important occasions in our life, such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. A poem that is read, or presented to us in a written form on these important occasions, can make us smile and appreciate the thought that was given in presenting these words to us.

Though we may not want to think about it as such, funerals are another such occasion when a poem can have great meaning for us. Funerals are a time when families and friends gather to remember the life of someone who is important to everyone who has come together. A funeral is a celebration of the life that everyone who is gathered for the funeral can share. It is important to choose the right poems to read at a funeral so that they can help the people at the funeral reflect on the life that they have come together to share.

A poem can be part of a eulogy, or words that are read at the reception afterwards. A poem can also be part of a funeral program and the words of a poem read at a funeral can be taken home with those who attend and can comfort them whenever they reflect on what the deceased meant to them. It can even be part of a memorial or placed on the headstone. The following is our collection of the top poems to read at a funeral that are appropriate for the occasion.

Top Poems To Read At A Funeral

Poem 1

Dad’s Poem, by Poet Unknown

You never said “I’m leaving”
You never said “goodbye”
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why.

There are no words to tell you
Just what I feel inside
The shock, the hurt, the anger
Might gradually subside

Poem 2

I Thought About You with Love Today, by Poet Unknown

I thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday
and days before that too,

I think of you in silence
I often speak your name
All I have are memories
and your picture in a frame.

Poem 3

No Night Without, by Helen Steiner Rice 

There is no night without a dawning
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.

Poem 4

Remember, by Christina Georgina Rossetti 

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

Poem 5

She Is Gone, David Harkins

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
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 her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Poem 6

Success, by Ralph Emerson

To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent persons
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And to endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know that even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived -
This is to have succeeded.

Poem 7

If Tears Could Build A Stairway, Poet Unknown 

If tears could build a stairway
and thoughts a memory lane
I’d walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again
No Farewell words were spoken
No time to say good-bye
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knows why.

My heart’s still active in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know.
But now I know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten
I pledge to you today
A hallowed place within my heart
Is where you’ll always stay.

God knows why, with chilling touch,
Death gathers those we love so much,
And what now seems so strange and dim,
Will all be clear, when we meet Him.
I Knew you for a Moment

Poem 8

To Those I Love, by Isla Paschal Richardson

If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you there,
(I’d come… I’d come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me be sad…
For I am loving you just as I always have…
You were so good to me!
There are so many things I wanted still to do…
So many things to say to you…
Remember that I did not fear…
It was just leaving you that was so hard to face…
We cannot see Beyond… But this I know;
I loved you so…
‘Twas heaven here with you!

Poem 9

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, by Dylan Thomas

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 lightening 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.

Poem 10

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, by Mary Frye

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 glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

The poems to read at a funeral above will provide you with some options to include in your eulogy or memorial. Poems can mean a lot and can provide words for many occasions. They can even provide the right words of reflection for a more somber occasion, such as a funeral. The words of a poem can give people something tangible on which to reflect. They can provide comfort to people when they need it the most on this somber occasion.

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