Funeral poems are the piece of writing in which the expression of feelings and thoughts is given enthusiasm by particular attention to language (sometimes involving rhyme), rhythm, and symbolism. Basically, funeral poems are written in the remembrance of their loved one. In funeral program, the funeral poem has an important role to give the tribute to their loved one.
Funeral poems can be written by any of the relatives of the deceased person especially by-
- Daughter or, Son of the deceased person.
- Spouse of the deceased person.
- Mother/ father of the deceased.
- Brother/ Sister of the deceased.
- Friends/ colleagues of the deceased.
- Grand and great-grandchildren.
- Any of the relative of the deceased who wanted to give the tribute.
There are various poems are available online. Some of the best examples of best funeral poems are given below-
- Do not stand at my grave and weep ( written by Mary Frye, American poet (1904 – 2004))
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.
- Farewell My Friends (written by Rabindra Nath Tagore)
Farewell, my friends.
It was beautiful
As long as it lasted,
The journey of my life.
- Afterglow (written by Helen Lowrie Marshall)
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
4. His journey’s just Begun (written by Ellen Brenneman)
Don’t think of him as gone away
his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched..
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.
- Hope in God
As the deer pants for streams of water,so my soul pants for you, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.When can I go and meet with God?My tears have been my food day and night,while men say to me all day long,Where is your God?Why are you downcast, O my soul?Why so distured within me?Put your hope in God,for I will yet praise him,my Saviour and my God.By day Lord directs his love,at night his song is with mea prayer to the God of my life.