Poems For a Funeral

Are you looking for a poem to read at a funeral for your mother or father? Or are you trying to find a poem that you can read yourself for your own comfort? Many people prefer to read a poem instead of a Biblical passage.

I listen to D read poems at funerals often. They are comforting to families and they can help create memories.

I realise that I'm just a dog, but I thought I'd share a few that I enjoy most. Choose for yourself, but these are some of my favourites.


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

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

Your heart can be empty, because you can't see him
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 him, and only that he's gone
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

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

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 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 coffin and cry
I am not there, I did not die.

God Saw You Getting Tired

God saw you getting tired
when a cure was not to be
so He wrapped His arms around you
and whispered come to me

You didn’t deserve what you went through
so Our Lord, He gave you rest
Gods garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best

And when I heard you were sleeping
so peacefully and free from pain
I could not wish you back
to suffer that again

In Your Thoughts

To the living, I am gone
To the sorrowful, I will never return
To the angry, I was cheated
But to the happy, I am at peace
And to the faithful, I have never left
I cannot speak, but I can listen
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard
So as you stand upon the shore
Gazing at the beautiful sea, remember me
As you look in awe at a mighty forest
And its grand majesty, remember me
Remember me in your hearts,
In your thoughts, and the memories of the
Times we loved, the times we cried, the
Battles we fought and the times we laughed
For if you always think of me,

I will have never left.