32 Funeral Poems

When someone we love passes away we can feel overwhelmed and lost. Our emotions can cause us to be unsure of what to write in a bereavement card or at a funeral. On this page you will find funeral poems that can be used in many different ways to share you sympathies. They can also be used as part of a funeral service. Feel free to use any of these poems to help yourself or others grieve.

A poem can be comforting if you find one that expresses the way you feel or the way someone you're thinking about is feeling.  If you ever feel like you just can't find the words, let a poem help you express yourself.  So read through these poems and hopefully you will find one that will be perfect for a sympathy card or bereavement letter or even to read during a eulogy.  And keep in mind, you never have to use the whole poem.  If you find one that you feel really fits, with the exception of say, one line.  Remove that line, or re-write it.  Sometimes taking something that someone very talented wrote and making it specific to your needs is the perfect way to convey your condolences.

  1. If tears could build a stairway,
    And memories a lane,
    I'd walk right up to Heaven
    And bring you home again.
    Author Unknown
    Wish You Were Here

  2. When he shall die
    Take him and cut him out in little stars
    And he will make the face of heav'n so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night
    And pay no worship to the garish sun.
    William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Love Sayings

  3. Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
    Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
    Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
    Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
    Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
    Pueblo Blessing Irish Blessing

  4. Tears In Heaven
    Would you hold my hand, if I saw you in heaven?
    Would you help me stand, if I saw you in heaven?
    I'll find my way through night and day
    'Cause I know I just can't stay here in heaven
    Beyond the door, there's peace I'm sure
    And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven
    Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
    Would you be the same, if I saw you in heaven?
    I must be strong and carry on
    'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven
    Eric Clapton, Will Jennings

  5. Safely Home
    I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
    Oh, so happy and so bright!
    There is perfect joy and beauty
    In this everlasting light.

    All the pain and suffering is over
    Every restless tossing passed;
    I am now at peace forever,
    Safely home in Heaven at last.

    Did you wonder I so calmly
    Trod the valley of the shade?
    Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
    Every dark and fearful glade.

    And he came Himself to meet me
    In that way so hard to tread
    And with Jesus' arm to lean on
    Could I have one doubt or dread?

    Then you must not grieve so sorely,
    For I love you dearly still:
    Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
    Pray to trust our Father's will.

    There is still work waiting for you,
    So you must not idly stand;
    Do it now, while life remaineth-
    You shall rest in Jesus' land.

    When that work is completed,
    He will gently call you home;
    Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
    Oh, the joy to see you come!
    Author Unknown

 

  1. When I Am Dead, My Dearest
    When I am dead, my dearest,

    Sing no sad songs for me;
    Plant thou no roses at my head,
    Nor shady cypress tree:
    Be the green grass above me
    With showers and dewdrops wet;
    And if thou wilt, remember,
    And if thou wilt, forget.

    I shall not see the shadows,
    I shall not feel the rain;
    I shall not hear the nightingale
    Sing on, as if in pain:
    And dreaming through the twilight
    That doth not rise nor set,
    Haply I may remember,
    And haply may forget.
    Christina Rossetti

  1. Come to me in my dreams, and then
    By day I shall be well again!
    For then the night will more than pay
    The hopeless longing of the day.
    Matthew Arnold

  2. Remember

    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 planníd:

    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 once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile
    Than that you should remember and be sad.   

    Christina Rossetti

  3. To One In Sorrow

    Let me come in where you are weeping, friend,

    And let me take your hand.

    I, who have known a sorrow such as yours,

    Can understand.

    Let me come in - I would be very still

    Beside you in your grief;

    I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend,

    Tears bring relief.

    Let me come in - I would only breathe a prayer,

    And hold your hand,

    For I have known a sorrow such as yours,

    And understand.

    Grace Noll Crownell

  1. Goodbyes are not forever.
    Goodbyes are not the end.
    They simply mean I'll miss you
    Until we meet again!

    Author Unknown Condolence Message

  1. Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
    Some trails are happy ones,
    Others are blue.
    It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
    Here's a happy one for you.

  2. Dale Evans (1912-2001)

  1. Farewell, my sister, fare thee well.
    The elements be kind to thee, and make
    Thy spirits all of comfort: fare thee well.

  2. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

  1. Until we meet again,
    may God hold you
    in the palm of his hand.

    If I should go tomorrow
    It would never be goodbye,
    For I have left my heart with you,
    So don't you ever cry.
    The love that's deep within me,
    Shall reach you from the stars,
    You'll feel it from the heavens,
    And it will heal the scars.

    Irish Prayer

  1. 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
    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 effort,

    Without the trace of a shadow on it.
    Life means all that it ever meant
    It is the same as it ever was
    There is absolutely unbroken continuity.

    Why should I be out of mind because I am

    Out of sight? I am but waiting for you
    For an interval
    Somewhere very near
    Just around the corner .
    All is well.
    Canon Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)

  1. Do not stand at my grave and weep 

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there, I do not sleep
    I am a 1,000 winds that blow
    I am the diamond glints on snow
    I am the sun 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 light
    I am the soft star that shines at night
    Do not stand at my grave and cry
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye (1905-2004)

  2. 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 littleóbut not too long,
    and not with your head bowed low.
    Remember the love that was once shared.
    Miss me, but let me go.

    For this is a journey we all must take,
    and each must go alone.
    Itís all a part of the masterís plan,
    a step on the road to home.
    When you are lonely and sick of heart,
    go to the friends we know.
    Bear your sorrow in good deeds. Miss me,
    but let me go.

    Author Unknown

  3. Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
    and death is only a horizon;
    and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
    Rossiter Worthington Raymond (1840-1918)

  4. He kept at true good humour's mark
    The social flow of pleasure's tide:
    He never made a brow look dark,
    Nor caused a tear, but when he died.
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)

  1. With what a deep devotedness of woe
    I wept thy absence - o'er and o'er again
    Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,
    And memory, like a drop that, night and day,
    Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
    Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Here are some additional funeral poems written for you by Julie Hebert:

  1. We Will Be Together Again
    I belong to you and you to me,
    I hate that we are so far apart.
    One day we will be, together again,
    And then never separate our heart.
    Julie Hebert

  2. You And Me
    I miss someone so dear, makes me clear,
    Of why I had you in my life.
    I toss and turn but really, sometimes really churn,
    As to why I had to lose my wife.

    You made me happy, so very sappy,
    When I think of you and me.
    Our life was so fantastic and sometimes a little drastic,
    I just wish that you could have stayed with me.

    I miss you as youíd miss me, if our roles were exchanged.
    But my memories are mine to stay,
    And that is something, that I will always be loving,
    As my memories make it seem like youíre here today.
    Julie Hebert

  3. Missing you
    I hate that I now wake up without you,
    I hate having an empty bed.
    I hope one day soon, I will stop missing you,
    And we will tide together with thread.
    Julie Hebert

  4. Without You
    Today I canít find you,
    Iíve finally realize your gone.
    I wish I would have stayed asleep,
    As now Iím sure youíve past on.

    My life without you is different,
    Not one I thought I would live.
    I always thought youíd be with me,
    But now I guess its a give.

    So help me to be without you,
    Help me to understand why.
    Is life without you my future?
    I wish I could have said bye.

    Iíll be okay without you,
    Lots of people have said.
    But Iím not so sure I believe them,
    Without you is really a misread.
    Julie Hebert

  5. When I Am Gone
    When I am gone from this earth,
    Know Iíll be in your heart always.
    Through time and space, thereíll always be a place,
    Where you and I will again walk the hallways.

    Our time together may soon pass,
    But we will meet again someday.
    Iím sure of this, as my presence will still exist,
    In you and others everyday.
    Julie Hebert

  6.  When Remembering Me
    When you remember me,
    Make sure a smile will arise.
    Donít think about the way I left,
    Thats not very wise.

    Think of all the happiness,
    That we share together.
    We loved to laugh and have great fun,
    Especially in the great weather.

    So when you remember me,
    Think of those great times.
    Whenever you remember me,
    Theyíll bring a sparkle to your eyes.
    Julie Hebert

  7. Again Sometime
    Here I sit on my couch,
    Staring out at the blowing trees.
    Its funny how that reminds me,
    So much of you with such gentle ease.

    When I sit and think of you,
    My heart aches every time.
    But I know youíre up in heaven,
    And will see you again sometime.
    Julie Hebert

  8. Anger Turns To Love
    I hate the fact your gone,
    I wanted so much more.
    Our time together went so quick,
    It seems as if weíre scorn.

    I know that our time is on pause,
    And one day weíll meet again.
    I just wish we could have had more,
    Time in our domain.

    But with time my anger will leave,
    And all Iíll feel is love.
    I know youíre watching over me,
    Up in heaven far above.
    Julie Hebert

  9. To Me Youíre All Around
    When I remember you,
    I pretend youíre all around.
    You are the treeís above me,
    As I sit down on the ground.

    You are the clouds that move,
    In the sky high above.
    Their are many things you may be,
    Could you be that flying dove?

    I know in my heart you're in heaven,
    Looking down as I look up.
    But I also know youíre all around me,
    Which is why you may be that pup.

    Wondering if youíre these objects,
    Makes me feel as if your still here.
    I canít help but wish youíre still around me,
    As you were always so very endear.
    Julie Hebert

  10. Until Then
    I miss you,
    And love you,
    I hope to,
    Someday see you.

    Our time was,
    So precious,
    So loving,
    And breathless.

    One day we,
    Will meet again,
    And comfort,
    Will regain.

    Until then,
    I will remember.
    The happiness of,
    Our family member.
    Julie Hebert

  11. Goodbye My Friend
    Today I must say goodbye,
    To someone I will miss.
    I wish things had gone another way,
    Our time together was bliss.

    Iíll honor and remember you,
    From now until Iím gone.
    My memories will comfort me,
    Until the wake of dawn.

    So while you wait upon the clouds,
    Know one day we will meet.
    And when that day arrives for us,
    Itíll be quite sweet.

    Weíll reminisce among the clouds,
    And talk of greater days.
    Until then friend remember me,
    One day Iíll find my way.
    Julie Hebert

  12. Never Alone
    I remember when,
    We were kids,
    Weíd walk and play,
    On the beach.

    I still walk the beach,
    Since youíve been gone,
    But now,
    I walk it alone.

    I listen real hard,
    To the waves and birds,
    And sometimes I think,
    I hear you.

    I look way out,
    To the ocean so far,
    And I sometimes,
    See your face.

    Yes you are gone,
    And I walk it alone.
    But I never feel,
    One my own.

    I know youíre still with me,
    Walking beside me,
    So I know,
    Iím never alone.
    Julie Hebert

  13. Iím Sorry For Your Loss
    Today I am sorry to say,
    Youíve lost someone you love.
    I hope you know how sorry we are,
    But remember their in heaven above.

    So hold on tight to your faith,
    As it will get you through.
    Knowing your love is somewhere safe,
    Hopefully brings comfort to you.

    If there is anything we can do,
    To help you through this time.
    Be sure to ask us for anything,
    As this is something we donít mind.

    We hope you know we all love you,
    And donít like to see you unhappy.
    Itíll take some time, but soon youíll find,
    One day again youíll feel happy.
    Julie Hebert

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