Funeral Poems

Here you will find funeral poems for that fateful day when you lose someone important to you. Our memorial poems will help give you the words to say when your heart aches so much. The loss of a loved one is so difficult. We have included a few famous writings including the Funeral Blues poem that will be cherished by all in attendance.

Funeral Poems for Dad

Goodbye My Father
The inevitable day in the order of life,
Parents leave first, the pain cuts like a knife,
Struggling to find the words to share,
About this man, my father, this isn’t fair,
Always available to answer my call,
There to listen and never allow me to fall,
You always gave me so much support and love,
I will pray for you daily to the heavens above.

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Funeral Poems for Mom

If Roses Grow in Heaven
By Delores M. Garcia
If roses grow in heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day,
but there’s an ache within my heart that will never go away.

Funeral Poems

In Loving Memory Poems

By Your Side
Don’t cry for me, I haven’t left your side,
I can hear when you speak to me, I smile with pride,
When I was with you, I told you not to believe,
Now I’m in heaven with angels, more than I could perceive,
Light a candle, say a prayer, my memories still live,
Live your life, find joy, you still have so much more to give,
Hold onto our memories, inside your heart I’ll stay,
Life will go on and I will never be far away.

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Funeral Poems for Mothers

If my love could have saved you,
You never would have died,
Your body was too weak,
For you to grow inside,
The emptiness I feel,
Lonely and so sad,
This doesn’t feel real,
I’m so freaking mad,
Death won’t keep us apart,
Our bond will remain strong,
I will carry you in my heart,
While angels sing you songs.

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By Robert Tranmer
Teardrops are falling. We embrace this sad day.
A sweet little baby has just passed away.
So perfect his spirit, so perfect his love,
So perfect a gift from a Father above.

Our child, your family is grieving this day,
In our hearts God has told us why you couldn’t stay.
A spirit so special, so perfect, and pure,
should not have the trials of this life to endure.

You wanted a family, that’s why you came.
To be loved on earth, and given a name.
Then back to our Heavenly Father you went,
fulfilling the mission for which you were sent.

Although our grief is heavy this day,
we know you are happy, and not far away.
Loved ones have gathered close to your side.
Life is Eternal… you’ve really not died.

Know that we love you with all of our heart.
We’ll see you our dear one when this life we part.
Save us a place where we’ll be close to you,
and in joy we’ll embrace, as our love we renew.

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A Child of Mine
by Edgar Albert Guest
I‘ll lend you for a little time a child of nine, He said,
For you to love while he lives and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
― He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
― I cannot promise he will stay, since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
― I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you.
― Now will you give him all your love, not think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?
I fancied that I heard them say ― Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we‘ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.
But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.

Modern Funeral Poems

I Thought of You Today

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,
Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part,
God has you in His keeping I have you in my heart.

She is Gone

By 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 she has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love 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’s 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.

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As we gather here today to say goodbye to one we love
Our hearts are filled with pain and sorrow
As we’re sent from earth above

We take comfort in the memories
That we’ve shared throughout the years
The love and laughter, the joy and tears
That have brought us all to here

We celebrate a life well lived
And all the love that was given
And though it’s hard to say goodbye
For the memories, we are driven

So let us hold each other close
As we mourn and say farewell
For the love we have for our dear one In our hearts, it will forever dwell

We will miss you, dear ________
But the love we have for you Will never die, it will only grow
As we carry it within us, true and true

Rest in peace, dear ________ We love you now and always will

Goodbye with Love

As we gather here today
To say goodbye to one we love
Our hearts are heavy with sorrow
As we bid our dear one farewell

But through our tears and sadness
We find comfort in the memories
Of all the love and joy they brought
Into our lives, a shining star

We will remember their kindness
And the way they touched our hearts
We will cherish every moment
That we shared right from the start

Though they are no longer with us
Their spirit lives on in our hearts
And we take solace in the thought
That they are now free from all pain

So let us hold each other close
As we say our final goodbyes
And know that our loved one
Is now at peace, up in the sky

Funeral Blues

By WH Auden
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

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