Top 3 Best Poems For Funerals

Top 3 Best Poems For Funerals

Choosing the best poems for funerals is no easy task. There are thousands of traditional classics to choose from and when you add in your own personal favorites from non-traditional sources you might have a difficult time making up your mind. Here are excerpts from three of the best poems for funerals to help you with your search.

“Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep”

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep.

“Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep” is one of more than 250 poems for funerals you’ll find included in the book by the same name. This poem is appropriate for any funeral because of its spiritually uplifting qualities. It reminds the reader that we’re never really gone, we’ve just moved on to a new reality. You won’t find your loved one’s spirit at the graveside, because it’s everywhere, all around you, all the time.

“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?

Another poem from the same collection, “Not How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?” reminds us that, instead of mourning the loss of a loved one we should be celebrating their life and all their contributions, thankful that we were allowed to include this person among our circle of loved ones. Instead of focusing our attention on how difficult his death must have been we’re better served – and better healed – if we concentrate on the wonderful things he did while he was alive.

“Miss Me But Let Me Go”

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me

Again, from the same collection, “Miss Me But Let Me Go” is particularly appropriate for an unexpected loss of a loved one due to illness or accident. It’s difficult to lose someone when they’re in the prime of life but it’s important to know that our loss is really their gain. This particular poem helps bring a sense of peace and closure, especially what it’s a sudden loss.

As you can see, these are just excerpts of three of the very best poems for funerals. Each complete poem is short and sweet and can be easily incorporated into a traditional eulogy. But more important, each conveys a simple, distinct message that would be appropriate for any audience.

When choosing poems for funerals you don’t have to turn to standard works by famous authors. Sometimes poetry can be found in places you’d least expect to find it. For example, novelist Stephen King has a beautiful poem in one of his stories and it’s perfect because it’s a prayer that was used when one of his characters dies. You can also find poetry in The Bible, in the book of Psalms, and even one of your favorite hymns would be appropriate when recited as a poem.

The best poems for funerals don’t have to come from a list you found on the Internet. The best are those poems which have a special meaning for you and the deceased.

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