Our Special Selections of the Best Poems for Funerals
"And poetry, like grief, is subversive, unbridled, and disobedient. . . poetry makes you feel" - Joanne Cacciatore
Choosing poems for funerals can be a minefield. There are so many to plough through and reading pages and pages of funeral poetry can be time-consuming and emotionally tough when you have just lost a loved one. But reading poetry can be very therapeutic. It helps you to feel that you're not alone, and that what you are going through is a universal experience.
It can help you to honour your lost loved one, relative or friend at this time. A meaningful poem can be a fitting memorial. It can help you put your feelings into words and bring you comfort.
We have made it a little easier for you by picking a selection of the most beautiful poems for each person or occasion. Scroll through the pages below to find the best one for your loved one. We have included a range of styles from ancient to modern in each page, including some which have been written especially for this site, so you should find something to your taste. Nearly all the poems we share are suitable for non-religious funeral readings. We have tried to make our site and content accessible for all cultures and beliefs.
Once the funeral is over, perhaps come back and read more poems, as they are a wonderful companion to your grieving process.
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