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
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.
If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.
Wish You Were Here
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
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.
Irish Blessing Quote
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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,
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,
Grace Noll Crownell
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!
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.
Farewell, my sister, fare thee well.
The elements be kind to thee, and make
Thy spirits all of comfort: fare thee well.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
Dearest son how I miss you.
Miss you more than tongue can tell,
But in Heaven we hope to meet you,
There Jesus does all things well.
The blow was hard, the loss severe.
To part with one we loved so dear.
Why did he have to go when life seemed fair.
And no dark clouds were near.
I Miss You Poems
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I miss you,
And love you,
I hope to,
Someday see you.
Our time was,
One day we,
Will meet again,
I will remember.
The happiness of,
Our family member.
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.
I remember when,
We were kids,
Weíd walk and play,
On the beach.
I still walk the beach,
Since youíve been gone,
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.
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.
We hope you find these poems useful for a funeral or
memorial service. May they bring comfort and wonderful memories of the deceased.