About Funeral Poems

Funeral Poems for Mother

Below are some ideas from different funeral poems for mother that might help you construct a theme.

“You will be a woman set apart,
You will be so wonderful and wise.
You will sleep, and when from dreams you start,
As of one that wakes in Paradise,”

-       Robert Service


This is an excerpt from the poem entitled “The Mother” by Robert Service. This sets a theme of happy afterlife. This can set a good theme for a funeral poem because it sparks the hope that your beloved mother would be in a much happier sanctuary. This will be a very nice consoling thought for you and your relatives.


A mother's love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away.

-       Helen Steiner Rice


This is a beautiful message coming from the poem “A mother’s love” by Helen Steiner Rice. This theme is very dramatic as it relives all the good memories of a mother’s unconditional love. This is one of the best ways to end on a good and grateful note.


You heard God's whisper calling you home,
you didn't want to go and leave us alone.
You loved us so much, you held on tight,
till all the strength was gone and you could no longer fight.

-       Mary Estelle


Popular Funeral Poems for Dad


Here is a sample of a famous funeral poem for dad. It can evoke emotion and it truly explains what a father really means.

Success – Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and to endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give of one’s self;
to leave the world a little better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exultation;
to know that even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived –
this is to have succeeded.


It’s also not hard to find an appropriate funeral poem for this occasion. Many classic poems that people know and love can easily be found on online just by typing a few words into a browser, such as the Dylan Thomas poem, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightening they
Do not go gentle into that good night.


Of course, there are many other poems that are not as well-known but just as appropriate for the ceremony. The Thomas poem cite above is just one of many poems on this subject that can be found on sites online. Consider reading a nice poem that mentions flowers such as Lilacs at My Funeral by Dakota Austin:


Lilacs at my funeral
Lilacs when I’m dead
Lilacs in my coffin 
Placed gently by my head

Lilacs at my funeral
Lilacs when I’m gone
Lilacs to help send me
On my journey home


Condolence through Creative Poetry


Poetry is being enjoyed by people for many reasons. Sometimes sitting back with a book of poem, getting lost in it and letting the words flow through the hearts is relaxing. A well-written poem can make us smile, warm our hearts, sympathize with the author and reflect back on memories. People appreciate the thought that was given in the words of a poem.We are often inspired to write poems during important occasions in our life such as new-found love, sudden happiness or even during times of loss, such as break-ups and bereavement. 


Popular Funeral Poems

  • Dad’s Poem, by Poet Unknown
  • We Can’t Believe You’re Gone By Joanna Fuchs (for Dad)
  • Remember, by Christina Georgina Rossetti 
  • Success, by Ralph Emerson
  • Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, by Mary Frye
  • Reaching Out, by Joanna Fuchs
  • Just Call On Me, by Karl Fuchs
  • After They Are Gone, by Joanna Fuchs.
  • If We Could Bring You Back Again, by Joanna Fuchs
  • Away, by James Whitcomb Riley
  • A Better Place, by Joanna Fuchs
  • You Are in Our Thoughts, by Joanna Fuchs
  • Second Day of Mourning, by Gaston Ng
  • I measure every grief... , by Emily Dickinson
  • The New Year, by Mark Strand
  • Reluctance, by Robert Frost
  • No One Can Know By Karl and Joanna Fuchs
  • I’ll Always Be There By Joanna Fuchs
  • Time does not bring relief, by Edna St Vincent Millay
  • Feeling Sorry for Myself, by Charles Harper Webb

Short Poems for a Funeral

Sadly missed along life's way,

quietly remembered every day...

No longer in our life to share,

but in our hearts, you're always there.




Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

-- Unknown



Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh
And talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved 
You so—‘twas heaven here with you.

-- Isla Paschal Richardson


Find additional funeral poems to use at a memorial service at Your Tribute.
Saying something dignified or respectful to a love one that has passed away can be difficult for many. Summarizing your lifetime experiences into few moments can be excruciatingly painful as well. For that reason you can rely on a funeral poem. Funeral poems allow you to eloquently say your goodbyes and respects. Writing a poem for funeral is an easy task and to simplify it further gathered here are some of the most common main guidelines.

Funeral poems offer a way to say one final goodbye to a loved one. They also allow the writer to let other family members and friends know more about the deceased and her feelings for him. Writing a funeral poem for someone you love is a wonderful, personal way to pay tribute. 
Remember that even though writing and saying a funeral poem is touching it is nevertheless important that you do it justice.  Therefore write a funeral poem that will suit the person that has passed away. If it has been your good friend that died write a poem that reflects the good times that you shared. If it was one of your parents remembering their care and love for you in the poem will be suitable. Remember having a poem is not enough.  You may embarrass yourself if you don’t do it properly.

Funerals need everyone to say something. You are not the only one grieving. So it is important that you remember that the funeral poem that you write is perfect and should not exceed the time slot given to you to express your feelings.

Another important aspect about funeral poems is the reciting. You need to look and feel dignified and for that you need to practice before the funeral. The reason is that you will most probably overcome with emotion and may become inaudible and not cohesive. 
The best part about the poem is that you will always remember writing it and also reciting it. It will always be with you to remind you of the person for whom it was written. It is something that you will cherish and love.  In fact in time you can also share it with new members of your family like your children so that they too can share the sentiment.

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