Funeral Poems | Memorial Poems | Bereavement Poems

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Life is but a Stopping Place

Life is but a stopping place,

A pause in what’s to be,

A resting place along the road,

to sweet eternity.

We all have different journeys,

Different paths along the way,

We all were meant to learn some things,

but never meant to stay…

Our destination is a place,

Far greater than we know.

For some the journey’s quicker,

For some the journey’s slow.

And when the journey finally ends,

We’ll claim a great reward,

And find an everlasting peace,

Together with the lord

Author unknown

 

Play Jolly Music at my Funeral

I’ve taken in recent years to thinking about my funeral

and have decided to make one paramount request:

play jolly music at that ritual.

What good does it do to heap on dirges

or other mournful melodies?

I won’t be there to be gratified by the grieving

and if I could tune in

I’d be happier to see those present have some relief.

Dixieland would be nice.

Joplin would be fine.

Something by Fats Waller would certainly do.

Those early jazzmen knew what they were up to

when they set about making funeral marches swing.

So swing me away, please, with a rousing tune.

 Richard Greene

 

 

Footprints

One night I dreamed I was walking

Along the beach with the Lord,

Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene, I noticed footprints in the sand.

Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.

Other times there was only one.

This bothered me because I noticed

During the low periods of my life when I was

Suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat,

I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord, You promised me,

Lord, that if I followed you,

You would walk with me always.

But I noticed during the most trying periods

Of my life there has only been

One set of prints in the sand.

Why, when I needed you most,

Have you not been there for me?

The Lord replied,

The times when you have seen only one set of footprints

It was then that I carried you.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I’m following the path God has laid you see.

I took His hand when I heard him call

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to work, to play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way

I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss

Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee

God wanted me now; He set me free.

 Crossing Over

Oh, please don’t feel guilty

It was just my time to go.

I see you are still feeling sad,

And the tears just seem to flow.

We all come to earth for our lifetime,

And for some, it’s not many years

I don’t want you to keep crying

You are shedding so many tears.

I haven’t really left you

Even though it may seem so.

I have just gone to my heavenly home,

And I’m closer to you than you know.

Just believe that when you say

my name, I’m standing next to you,

I know you long to see me,

But there’s nothing I can do.

But I’ll still send you messages

And hope you understand,

That when your time comes to

cross over,  I’ll be there

to take your hand.

Author Unknown

 

Four Candles

The first candle represents our grief.

The pain of losing you is intense.

It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.

This second candle represents our courage.

To confront our sorrow,

To comfort each other,

To change our lives.

This third candle we light in your memory.

For the times we laughed,

The times we cried,

The times we were angry with each other,

The silly things you did,

The caring and joy you gave us.

This fourth candle we light for our love.

We light this candle that your light will always shine.

As we enter this holiday season and share this night of remembrance

with our family and friends.

We cherish the special place in our hearts

that will always be reserved for you.

We thank you for the gift

your living brought to each of us.

We love you.

We remember you.

Unknown Author

 

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 for long

And not with your head bowed low

Remember the love that once we shared

Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take

And each must go alone.

It’s all part of the master plan

A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart

Go with the friends we know.

Laugh at all the things we used to do

Miss me, but let me go.

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 fear 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.

Janice Fair-Salters

 

 

God’s Garden

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 behind”.

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.

Anon

 

I Am Always With You

I am always with you

When I am gone, release me, let me go.

I have so many things to see and do,

You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears,

But be thankful we had so many good years.

I gave you my love, and you can only guess

How much you’ve given me in happiness.

I thank you for the love that you have shown,

But now it is time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must

Then let your grief be comforted by trust

That it is only for a while that we must part,

So treasure the memories within your heart.

I won’t be far away for life goes on.

And if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can’t see or touch me, I will be near

And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear

All my love around you soft and clear

And then, when you come this way alone,

I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.

Author Unknown

 

Asleep.

As far from pity as a complaint,

As cool to speech as stone,

As numb to revelation

As if my trade were bone.

As far from time as history,

As near yourself to-day

As children to the rainbow’s scarf,

Or sunset’s yellow play

To eyelids in the sepulcher.

How still the dancer lies,

While color’s revelations break,

And blaze the butterflies!

Emily Dickinson

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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

 

Memories Build a Special Bridge

Our memories build a special bridge when loved ones have to part

to help us feel we’re with them still and sooth a grieving heart.

Our memories span the years we shared, preserving ties that bind,

They build a special bridge of love and bring us peace of mind.

Emily Matthews

 

Love Lives On

Those we love are never really lost to us – we feel them in so many special ways-

through friends they always cared about and dreams they left behind, in beauty that they added to our days… in words of wisdom we still carry with us and memories that never will be gone… Those we love are never really lost to us – For everywhere their special love lives on.

  1. Bradley

 

Say Not, They Die, Those Splendid Souls

Say not, they die, those splendid souls,

Whose life is winged with purpose fine;

Who leave us, pointed to the goals;

Who learn to conquer and resign.

Such cannot die; they vanquish time,

And fill the world with glowing light,

Making the human life sublime

With memories of their secret might.

They cannot die whose lives are part

Of the great life that is to be;

Whose hearts beat with the world’s great heart,

And throb with its high intensity.

Those souls are great, who, dying, gave

A gift of greater life to man;

Death stands abashed before the brave;

They own a life death cannot ban.

Anon

 

Poem of Life

Life is but a stopping place,

A pause in what’s to be,

A resting place along the road,

to sweet eternity.

We all have different journeys,

Different paths along the way,

We all were meant to learn some things,

but never meant to stay…

Our destination is a place,

Far greater than we know.

For some the journey’s quicker,

For some the journey’s slow.

And when the journey finally ends,

We’ll claim a great reward,

And find an everlasting peace,

Together with the Lord.

Anon

 

The Fallen Limb

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 I 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, how I truly was blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small.

Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.

Until the day comes we’re together again.

Author Unknown

 

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And

sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, lon I stood And looked

down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair. And

having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear.

Though as for that, the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay. In leave

so step had trodden black

Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet

knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh.

Somewhere ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took

the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Robert Lee Frost

 

While Waiting for Thee

Don’t weep at my grave,

For I am not there,

I’ve a date with a butterfly

To dance in the air.

I’ll be singing in the sunshine,

Wild and free,

Playing tag with the wind,

While I’m waiting for thee.

The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace

After the clouds, the sunshine,

after the winter, the spring,

after the shower, the rainbow,

for life is a changeable thing.

After the night, the morning,

bidding all darkness cease,

after life’s cares and sorrows,

the comfort and sweetness of peace.

Helen Steiner Rice

 

The Broken Chain

I little knew that morning. God was going to call your name,

In life I loved you dearly, in death I do the same.

It broke my heart to loose you, you did not go alone,

for part of me went with you, the day God called you home.

You left me beautiful memories your love is still my guide,

and though we cannot see you, you’re always at my side.

Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same,

but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Ron Tranmer

 

When I Am Gone

When I am gone, release me – let me go

I have so many things to see and do.

You must not tie yourself to me with tears

Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you love,

you can only guess, how much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love each have shown,

but now it is time I traveled alone.

So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,

then let your grief be comforted by trust

It is only for a while that we must part

so bless those memories within your heart.

I will not be far away, for life goes on.

so if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near

And if you listen with your heart, you will hear

All of my love around you, soft and clear.

Then when you must come this way alone,

I will greet you with a smile and “Welcome Home”

Anon

 

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 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

 

I Have a Place in Heaven

I have a place in heaven

Please don’t sing sad songs for me,

Forget your grief and fears,

For I am in a perfect place

Away from pain and tears.

It’s far away from hunger

And hurt and want and pride,

I have a place in Heaven

With the Master at my side.

My life on earth was very good,

As earthly life can go,

But Paradise is so much more

Than anyone can know.

My heart is filled with happiness

And sweet rejoicing, too.

To walk with God is perfect peace,

A joy forever new.

Author Unknown

 

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.

Anon

 

Faith

You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait for the time when we can soar

together again, both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to its fullest and when

you need me, just whisper my name in your heart, …I will be there.

Emily Dickenson

I’m Still Here

Friend, please don’t mourn for me

I’m still here, though you don’t see.

I’m right by your side each night and day

And within your heart I long to stay.

 

My body is gone but I’m always near.

I’m everything you feel, see or hear.

My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart

As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

 

I’ll never wander out of your sight-

I’m the brightest star on a summer night.

I’ll never be beyond your reach-

I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

 

I’m the colourful leaves when Autumn’s around

And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.

I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,

The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

 

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,

The first warm raindrop that April will bring.

I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,

And you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.

 

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,

You can talk to me through the Lord above you.

I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,

And you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

 

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep

And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.

I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.

Just look for me, friend, I’m every place!

Author Unknown

 

To My Dearest Family

Some things I’d like to say,

but first of all to let you know

that I arrived okay

I’m writing this from Heaven

where I dwell with God above

where there’s no more tears

or sadness there

is just eternal love

Please do not be unhappy

just because I’m out of sight

remember that I’m with you

every morning, noon and night

That day I had to leave you

when my life on Earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me

and He said I welcome you

It’s good to have you back again

you were missed while you were gone

as for your dearest family

they’ll be here later on

I need you here so badly

as part of My big plan

there’s so much that we have to do

to help our mortal man

Then God gave me a list of things

He wished for me to do

and foremost on that list of mine

is to watch and care for you

And I will be beside you

every day and week and year

and when you’re sad

I’m standing there

to wipe away the tear

And when you lie in bed at night

the days chores put to flight

God and I are closest to you

in the middle of the night

When you think of my life on Earth

and all those loving years

because you’re only human

they are bound to bring you tears

But do not be afraid to cry

it does relieve the pain

remember there would be no flowers

unless there was some rain

I wish that I could tell you

of all that God has planned

but if I were to tell you

you wouldn’t understand

But one thing is for certain

though my life on Earth is o’re

I am closer to you now

than I ever was before

And to my very many friends

trust God knows what is best

I’m still not far away from you

I’m just beyond the crest

There are rocky roads ahead of you

and many hills to climb

but together we can do it

taking one day at a time

It was always my philosophy

and I’d like it for you too

that as you give unto the World

so the World will give to you

If you can help somebody

who is in sorrow or in pain

then you can say to God at night

my day was not in vain

And now I am contented

that my life it was worthwhile

knowing as I passed along the way

I made somebody smile

So if you meet somebody

who is down and feeling low

just lend a hand to pick him up

as on your way you go

When you are walking

down the street

and you’ve got me on your mind

I’m walking in your footsteps

only half a step behind

And when you feel the gentle breeze

or the wind upon your face

that’s me giving you a great big hug

or just a soft embrace

And when it’s time for you to go

from that body to be free

remember you’re not going

you are coming here to me

And I will always love you

from that land way up above

Will be in touch again soon

P.S. God sends His Love

Author Unknown

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