Funeral Poems for Sister

We have assembled a collection of 21+ best funeral poems for a beloved sister to help you celebrate her life and her enduring love.

At the end of our post, we have a link to our Pinterest boards where you can easily find images with your favourite funeral quotes that we have created for you.

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This first poem is a beautiful reflection on the how truly special it is to have a sister.  It captures the special bond that you shared with your sister.

The Importance of a Sister

By Shiva Sharma

A sister is someone who loves you from the heart,
No matter how much you argue you cannot be drawn apart.
She is a joy that cannot be taken away,
Once she enters your life, she is there to stay.

A friend who helps you through difficult times,
Her comforting words are worth much more than dimes.
A partner who fills your life with laughs and smile,
These memories last for miles and miles.

When she is by your side, the world is filled with life,
When she is not around, your days are full of strife.
A sister is a blessing, who fills your heart with love,
She flies with you in life with the beauty of a dove.

A companion to whom you can express your feelings,
She doesn’t let you get bored at family dealings.
Whether you are having your ups or downs,
She always helps you with a smile and never frowns.

With a sister you cannot have a grudge,
She is as sweet as chocolate and as smooth as fudge.
Having a sister is not just a trend,
It is knowing you can always turn to her, your best friend.

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We love this next funeral poem.  While it was originally written for a mom, we modified it for a sister who is now an angel in disguise, always protecting us.

I Never Saw Your Wings (Modified)

By an Unknown Author

How is it that I never saw your wings
when you were here with me?
When you closed your eyes and soared
to the Heavens I could hear the
faint flutter of you wings as you left.
Your body no longer on this side
Your spirit here eternally I see your halo shine.
I close my eyes and see the multi-coloured wings
surround me in my saddest moments and my happiest times.
Sister my angel God has given you your assignment
always my sister forever my angel.
You fly into my dreams and when I am asleep
I feel your wings brush against my face wiping away
the tears I shed since I can no longer hold
you in my arms but in my heart.
You earned those wings dear sister
and you will always be my angel eternal.

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This poem reflects the unconditional love and special relationship you had with your sister since childhood.  The words are a perfect way to thank your sister for her friendship and love.

This would be an appropriate poem to read at a funeral or memorial service, and even a celebration of life ceremony.

To My Sister…

By Allison Chambers Coxsey

I’m blessed to call you sister,
I also call you friend;
You’ve loved me unconditionally,
And stood through thick and thin.

You’ve shared my joys and sorrows,
My laughter and my tears.
You’ve been my inspiration,
As we grew up through the years.

When we were little children
We laughed and played together;
Then growing up you stood by me,
Through good and stormy weather.

There’s something God has given us,
That’s more than family;
He’s placed a love for you, my Sister,
Deep down in the heart of me.

This touching and uplifting poem provides comfort to guests attending a funeral, memorial service, or celebration of life.  It reflects on the beautiful life of your sister and expresses gratitude that she has “found peace at the end of the day.”

The Final Flight

Unknown Author

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his 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’ve found that peace at the end of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’ touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

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This heart-wrenching funeral poem reflects on the deep sorrow that comes from losing a beloved sister.  While she is gone, she will never be forgotten.

Lose You

By Adriana

Never thought I’d lose you,
But here I am,
Standing alone,
Without you by my side,
We’re sisters for life,
We promised,
But now you’re gone,
I don’t know what to do,
Without you,
I’m going crazy,
I’m trying to hold on,
To keep strong,
But it just doesn’t feel right,
I’m waiting here,
My arms wide open,
Tears running down my face,
Ready for your return,
Even if it takes forever,
My sister…

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We absolutely love this next poem for remembering a beloved sister.  This poem eloquently conveys what our loved ones who have passed away would want us to know: grieve for me, but do not be consumed by grief; instead, focus on the love and joy I brought into your life.

This touching funeral poem is suitable for a traditional funeral service, memorial service, or celebration of life service.  It would be a beautiful tribute to a sister who died.

Miss Me But Let Me Go

Unknown Author

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 we once shared,
Miss me, but let me go.

For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone;
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.

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This next funeral poem for sister provides comfort in knowing that even though she is no longer with us, she can still be seen in the sunset or night sky, if you take the time to look for her.

From Me

By Anna Williams

If you see a sunset, it’s me, smiling
from behind it.
If I go away far, and you see a star
if you find it, I’m inside it.
You can fold it, and hold it forever,
if you hide it.
If our words and worlds sever
if ever I lose you.
If two thousand light-years or seven
confuse you;
Remember me.  Here and in Heaven
I’ll see you.
I’ll be beguiling my filing, still smiling
to see you.
When mountains, magenta and moulded
turn red,
like you said,
You’ll find the feeling you folded
not dead.
You’ll steal the swirling sky, turning
with me.
You won’t be bounded, but burning
and free.

“Weep Not For Me” reassures us that a beloved sister is at peace, and encourages us to dwell on her beautiful life, not on how she died.  This funeral poem for sister is appropriate for all types of service, from a traditional and religious funeral, to a less formal celebration of life gathering.

Weep Not For Me

Unknown Author

Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet fight

I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years

There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on

Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life

 

When looking for a poem to read in memory of a sister, you should consider the following famous funeral poem written by Mary Elizabeth Frye in the 1930’s.  It is a beautiful tribute to a sister who died, but who shall always be with you.

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

By Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do 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.

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If your sister suffered from an illness that left her in pain before her passing, this beautiful poem offers comfort by reminding family and friends that she is no longer in any pain and is in God’s beautiful garden.  The author’s eloquent words evoke a beautiful picture of what heaven would be like, and is wonderful way of remembering a sister.

God’s Garden

By Melissa Shreve

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
With the help of his angels they flew you to your heavenly place

Gods garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best
He knew 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 too hard to climb
He closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be Thine”
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.

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When you have lost a beloved sister, there isn’t a day that goes by when you don’t think: “I miss my sister.  I wish she was still here.”  This next poem is written in the voice of the person who has passed, and reminds us that our sister would want us to remember her with happiness, love and joy.

This inspirational poem would be perfect for a sister’s celebration of life or memorial service.

After Glow

Unknown Author

I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done

 

 

Remembering my sister will sometimes make me smile, and other times make me cry.  This touching poem uses powerful imagery to reflect the mixed emotions that we feel when we are grieving.

I Know Not Why

By Morris Rosenfeld

I lift mine eyes against the sky,
The clouds are weeping, so am I;
I lift mine eyes again on high,
The sun is smiling, so am I.
Why do I smile? Why do I weep?
I do not know; it lies too deep.

I hear the winds of autumn sigh,
They break my heart, they make me cry;
I hear the birds of lovely spring,
My hopes revive, I help them sing.
Why do I sing? Why do I cry?
It lies so deep, I know not why.

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We should remind ourselves that our dear sister is destined for heaven.  Life is just a temporary stopping place on the way to eternity.  This comforting poem is perfect for a religious funeral or memorial service for a sister.

Poem of Life

By an Unknown Author

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.

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This next funeral poem is a beautiful tribute to a sister that died.  It reminds us to focus on the incredible and beautiful life of a sister instead of focusing on the pain of her loss.

She is Gone

By David Harkins

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

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If your sister was also a wife, mother, and grandmother, this next funeral poem is taylor-made for her.  It beautifully captures how thankful we all are for her love and her legacy.

Legacy of Love

Unknown Author

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.