Funeral Poems

Funeral Poems

Poems for Funerals and Memorial Services

One does not leave a funeral in the same way that he has come. He cannot help but have death on his mind. He cannot help but be aware that such is the end of all life. He may look at himself and have a new awareness that his body will not last forever. These thoughts are ones that humans must face and find a way to deal with. Some believe that the death is only the beginning of the next great mystery and the soul is eternal. Others take a practical view that death is all there is. One leaves a funeral with thoughts of life and its fragility on his mind.

31 Poems for Funerals

  1. 1. Death Is Nothing At All

    This poem is often read at funerals. The author, Henry Scott-Holland (1847 - 1918), a priest at St. Paul's Cathedral of London, did not intend it as a poem, it was actually delivered as part of a sermon in 1910. The sermon, titled, "Death the King of Terrors" was preached while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster.

    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

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  3. 2. Don't Be Sad When I Die

    • By Musical Prayers
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008

    My mother died of heart failure at the age of 55. I now have congestive heart failure. Five bypasses and my heart valve has been replaced by a pig valve. Not sure how long I am going to live, so I wrote this for my children to help them cope.

    When tomorrow starts without me,
    and I'm not there to comfort you,
    please know that I still love you,
    'cause I know you love me too.

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  5. 3. When Great Trees Fall

    Maya Angelou (1928-2014) uses symbolism and strong imagery in this poem to show a person’s response to loss. It doesn’t matter how strong or tough you are; when an influential person in your life passes away, you feel the effects. Although this poem does show that we experience regrets with things left unsaid, our lives are made better by that person's influence. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on Maya Angelou’s birthday (April 4) in 1968, and his death deeply affected her. In fact, she stopped celebrating her own birthday for many years.

    When great trees fall,
    rocks on distant hills shudder,
    lions hunker down
    in tall grasses,

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  6. 4. The Greatest Man

    • By Derick Revane
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2013

    I wrote this poem to recite at my father's memorial service. I was having a very difficult time coming to terms with the loss of my father who was taken from us very suddenly. I find one of the best ways to deal with suffering a great loss is to create something new. When something of beauty can be inspired and created amidst such great sorrow it serves as a reminder that things will get better. No matter how dark the days seem to be, there is always a light to be found.

    I knew a man, he was the greatest man
    I've known in all my days.
    Then one day God called on him,
    and now he's gone away.

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  7. 5. Your Spirit

    • By Peace T. Ngo
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A tribute to a father whose spirit, love, and wisdom will continue to shine forever. This moving funeral poem reminds us that our dad is with us always. Every beautiful thing that we see and experience will remind us of his love. We will approach all of life’s challenges with the wisdom our father wisely taught us that challenges help us grow stronger.

    I know that no matter what
    You will always be with me.
    When life separates us
    I'll know it is only your soul

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  8. 6. Five Minutes

    In memory of my dad, Edward. I wrote this poem when my father died. He had a heart condition, but we never expected him to go so quickly. He had a massive heart attack while driving his car. Although I am grateful he did not suffer, I never got to say goodbye.
    Dedicated to my dad, Edward Hudak - died 8-29-08

    If I only had five minutes
    the day you passed away,
    I would have had time to tell you
    all the things I needed to say.

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  9. 7. Remember Me

    I lost my Gran to cancer a few years ago and had to say a few words at her funeral. Cora Dowson was one of a kind, a caring and larger than life character - a blast to be around. It was sad seeing her in so much pain in her final few months, and although I was gutted at her passing, I was glad she wasn't suffering anymore. The words reflect how I think she would want us to remember her... at her best - being the life and soul of the party and not to forget the happy times. Gone but not forgotten!

    Speak of me as you have always done.
    Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.

    Share the happy memories we've made.

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    Our very dear friend of 50 years died after suffering heart failure in recent years. He was doing very well and ten days ago he rang me and we had a jolly conversation just like old times....

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  10. 8. For My Grandpa

    I love my Grandpa with all my heart and will miss him so.

    I know we are all feeling a little bit sad
    That we've lost our Grandpa, our friend, and our dad.
    Together we have cried an ocean of tears
    As we feel so empty and hold many fears.

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  11. 9. We Will Miss You, Dear Mom

    • By Mallissa A. Moore
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Separations are difficult, especially from Mom to child.

    I just thought I'd say
    I love you and goodbye.
    We will miss you dearly.
    I promise I won't cry.

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  12. 10. Rest, Our Dear Cousin

    • By Michelle Alexander
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2007

    This is a poem that I dedicated to our cousin. She died in her car accident and burned a little before they could get her out.

    Even though you are gone away,
    Your love will always be here to stay.
    You touched our hearts with so many things.

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  13. 11. Tribute To My Dad

    • By Emma Cartwright
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008

    I wrote this poem for my dad who passed away at the age of 47, 2 years ago, out of the blue, in his sleep. I wrote this and spoke it out from my heart at the funeral while he was lying at rest behind me. I love and miss him so much.

    A special dad is hard to find.
    You, Dad, I'm keeping in my mind.
    I wished you could have stayed forever,
    But I will never forget you; oh, not ever.

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  14. 12. If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

    • By David Romano

    If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
    I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
    while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.

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  15. 13. Our Special Mum

    In August 2014, I submitted a poem called "A Forgotten Life" (about my mum and dementia). Finally, my mum found peace from this cruel illness and passed away on October 7, 2016. As part of the eulogy at her funeral, I wrote this poem and read it to all her mourners.

    There's so much to say, many memories to share
    About a wonderful mum who did nothing but care.
    Not just for us but all those she knew.
    Her genuine kindness would always shine through.

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  16. 14. Do Not Cry

    This poem is about the request my friend had about her death. I took the things she stated that she wanted and wrote this poem.

    When I leave this world, please do not cry,
    For I have gone up with the spirits in the sky.
    Do not place flowers by my side,
    For I never got them when I was alive.

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  17. 15. I Love You Dad

    The sudden loss of my darling Dad prompted me to write this poem, as l did not get chance to tell him. A copy of this was put in his coffin. Please feel free to use it yourself if you'd like it.

    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 forgotten

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    I lost my dad last week. I never got to say goodbye. I'm lying here wishing that I had one moment to tell you I love you. I lie here thinking about when I was a little girl and you were...

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  18. 16. Poem For Nana

    • By Sarah Vine
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2009

    I lost my beloved Nana on October 6, 2009. She was an inspiration to me and will be missed. I am so grateful to have had her for as long as I did and know she will be with me in spirit. I wanted to say something personal at her funeral and wrote this poem for her.

    To my dearest darling Nana,
    Up in Heaven, high above.
    I know today you're with us all
    And sending all your love.

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    I lost my Nana two weeks ago today. I'm crushed! Nana was my mother, friend, confidant, and mentor. She was my everything! I love her so much that I want her back! She was ill. I'm lost...

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  19. 17. Child's Letter From Heaven

    • By Sarah Cole
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2013

    This was written on the fly in light of a recent tragedy in Connecticut.

    Mommy, please don't cry for me
    Tell Daddy to not be sad
    Tell my brother and sister
    To remember all the fun we had

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  20. 18. Goodbye

    • By Angela Williams
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2010

    This was written after a beloved uncle had passed. I sometimes get uncomfortable expressing my emotions with words. When things touch me deeply and I need to express my emotions, I write. Sometimes it comes out well and people close to me receive it as it is intended. This was used as a memorial on our family reunion booklet.

    In our minds we always knew
    this time would come to pass.
    But knowing it and living it,
    has come and gone so fast.

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    I dedicate this poem to my family friend Mpho Mampshe, who passed away on the 19 of April 2013 via car accident. May he rest in peace*lots of love*

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  21. 19. Penny

    I wrote this poem for my niece Penny. Penny was a beautiful woman who lost her nine year struggle with cancer in December 2011. Our family will never forget her; she was truly an inspiration to all of us. She loved her family so much and was especially close to her twin sister.

    I have gone beyond the rainbow
    To my heavenly home above
    Please don't shed a tear for me
    Remember me with love

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  22. 20. My Grandma's Funeral

    This poem was read at my Grandma's funeral and is dedicated to Flossie Alice McMillan.

    My Grandma had so many fine qualities of which I will name a few.
    She had a generous, caring nature and a loving heart, too.

    My Grandma always saw the good in everyone,

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