What are the best poems for funerals?

We are often asked what are the best poems for funerals?  In my opinion, it has to be something which is meaningful for you and your family and friends.  There are so many poems for funerals available, that you have plenty to choose from.  I've picked three of my favourite funeral verses and a special funeral poem for a Dad.  But you can find many more. 

At the end of this page is a wonderful downloadable book which has hundreds of examples of funeral poetry for you to select. 

Of course, you could also write your own.  That would be the most meaningful of all.  There are some more bereavement poems on our page of grief poems, and if you've written your own poem, you can submit it there as a permanent memorial to your loved one. 

Whatever you choose, we hope that your ceremony is a very special goodbye.  Your loved one would have been proud of your efforts. 






Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep, by Mary Elizabeth Frye

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Don’t be Too Sad

I've lived my life

I've tried my best

The memories I hold dear

Are experiences I have known

Of happiness and tears

The love of my family

The care of my friends

The good times I've shared

Right to the end

I've travelled life's byways

Seen children grow up

Experienced life's living

And drunk from love's cup

I leave you with memories

With thoughts of you all

I'm no longer with you

But your mind will recall

The good times we shared

The laughter we had

Please cherish these memories

And don't be too sad.

ANON

Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well.

A lovely funeral poem for Dad: Happy the Man by John Dryden

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