Funeral and Memorial Poems are often used in funeral programs to help communicate feelings and sentiments about a loved one who has passed. These poems help friends and family find the right words to express their feelings during a difficult time. These poems can range from poems about remembrance or they can express how mourners feel about the loss. Funeral and memorial poems can be added to printed memorial keepsakes such as funeral programs, obituary template, memorial bookmarks and prayer cards.
Funeral Program Poems
Poems can be an important part of a funeral program. If you are working on a program and booklet, you may choose to put a poem on the back panel of the program. If you want a more informal program, and you do not want to include a formal obituary, a poem can be used in it’s place. Funeral Poems can also be used to “take up space” for blank areas of the program to make it print properly.
Finding Poems on the Internet
The internet is a great place to find funeral and memorial poems. There are many sites that have them categorized by family member (such as mom, dad, aunt, sister, etc), or by relationship (husband, wife, good friend), as well as poems for specific illnesses, untimely death and even suicide. There are also religious poems and secular poems.
Popular Poems for Funeral Programs
Here are some very popular poems to include in your funeral programs and keepsakes.
Do Not Stand At my Grave And Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I did not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye
A Limb Has Fallen
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 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, now I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small,
Go on with your life, don’t just stare at the wall.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,
Until the day comes we’re together again.
Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little–but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me–but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me–But Let me Go!
by Edgar A. Guest
God Took Him To His Loving Home
God saw him getting tired, a cure was not to be.
He wrapped him in his loving arms and whispered “Come with me”.
He suffered much in silence, his spirit did not bend.
He faced his pain with courage, until the very end.
He tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain,
God took him to His loving home and freed him from the pain.
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 planned:
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 I once had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be said.
Christina Georgina Rossetti
God looked around his garden
And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, “Peace bethine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
Short Funeral Poems
Here are a small collection of short funeral poems that can be used on the back of memorial cards, or spoken aloud when you only have a short amount of time.
Love Lives On
You went away so suddenly
We did not say goodbye
But brothers can never be parted
Precious memories never die.
May the roads rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Something Beautiful Remains
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains…..
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.