Many poets have written tributes to loved ones that can be used to express your own feelings, for example, as a reading during the funeral or added to a bookmark or memorial card to remember your loved one.

We have listed five below. Many of these verses are suitable for religious or non-religious services.

Not, How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?

Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away.

A short verse to celebrate your loved ones life and their achievements.

A Gaelic Farewell

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rain fall softly upon your fields until we meet again,
And may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

This traditional Irish blessing is an ancient Celtic prayer.

There Is No Night Without A Dawning – Helen Steiner Rice

There is no night without a dawning
No winter without a spring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will once more sing . . .
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless, care worn world
Into a brighter day.

A short funeral poem that can give hope when grieving for a loved one.

God’s Garden

God looked around His garden
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this 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 be thine”.
It broke our heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

A beautiful religious poem about loved ones being taken home to Heaven. 

Our Memories Build A Special Bridge – Emily Matthews

Our memories build a special bridge
When loved ones have to part
To help us feel we’re with them still
And soothe a grieving heart.
They span the years and warm our lives
Preserving ties that bind;
Our memories build a special bridge
And bring us peace of mind.

A lovely reminder of how special memories are and how they can aid the grieving process. This one is my personal favourite funeral poem.


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