Funeral Poem

This is poem I wrote in honor of, and read, at my fathers funeral. It's a poem of all the promises I intend to keep in his memory. For every moment he misses in person I will let him be there in spirit. I promise to live in every moment, in spite of his absence.

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I was 19 when my brother Brian, 21(a soldier), was killed in Afghanistan. He'd been married for 3 1/2 months when he died, and left behind a giant number of people who love him. This poem...

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Dad, I Promise In Your Memory

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Published: January 2009

I promise to carry on your contagious smile.
The same one that would light up a room the minute you walked in.
I promise to laugh and never take myself to seriously.
I promise to love harder and forgive faster.
I promise to be content, in every sense of the word.
To be thankful for the air in my lungs,
and the nineteen years I was blessed to have with you.
I promise to try and have as big a heart as you did.
To be selfless.
To know what I have, and know what I can give to others who are not as fortunate.
I promise to grieve that absence of your physical being for only a moment.
And then I promise to set you free.
I promise to never give up on others,
even when I'm ready to give up on myself.
I promise to be a friend and a mentor as you were.
To be a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on or a set of ears to simply listen...
And I can promise you this...
I can promise to open my heart to you when I fall in love and when I fall apart.
When I become a Mrs. and when I become a mother.
I promise to let you hear every giggle and feel every hug.
To know every heartache,
and let you be there for every triumphant moment...
The most important promise I can make,
despite all my failures and all my losses.
A promise that carries the equivalence of all the rest combined is this...
I promise to make you proud.
With all that I am,
I love you.

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  • Jackie by Jackie, Merrillville
  • 6 years ago

I was 19 when my brother Brian, 21(a soldier), was killed in Afghanistan. He'd been married for 3 1/2 months when he died, and left behind a giant number of people who love him. This poem describes him perfectly and I love it! Thank you!

  • Nichole by Nichole, New Mexico
  • 7 years ago

I too was 19 when my father passed away suddenly and I love what you have written. Fathers are most important in a young woman's life and as she grows. The promises you have made are great and good.

  • Toni by Toni, Endicott
  • 8 years ago

I lost my one of my uncles this week. This poem is perfect for me to read at the funeral. You have touched on the essence of who he was, Thank you. God bless.

  • Lacie Ardmore by Lacie Ardmore, OK
  • 9 years ago

I just lost my mother this past week and I was searching for something to say at her services. This is perfect. Its everything I want to say to her and she was everything this poems states. She was and still is a wonderful lady. Thanks very much. They are with us in everything we do or don't do!!

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