Funeral Poems

Poems can provide words of comfort and reflection. There are many inspiring funeral poems, from the melancholic and nostalgic to the uplifting and sometimes gently humorous. Finding the right one can seem like a challenge. To help, we have curated a wide selection of bereavement poems for you to browse.

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A Certain Type of Quiet

Rosie Waspe

There's a certain type of quiet
In the room wherein you rest

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A Child of Mine

Edgar Albert Guest

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, He said.
For you...

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A Cricketer's Last Boundary

Michael Ashby

Weeping willows formed an honour guard
For the cricket ball writ with a noble name
A team of ten...

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A Long Cup of Tea

Michael Ashby

Death is too negative for me
So I'll be popping off
For a long cup of tea
Do splash out
On two bags in the pot
And for my god's sake
Keep the water hot
Please...

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A Parting Guest

James Whitcomb Riley

What delightful hosts are they -
Life and Love!
Lingeringly I turn away,
This late hour, yet glad enough
They have not withheld from me
Their high...

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A Song of Living

Amelia Josephine Burr

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
I have run and...

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A thing of beauty is a joy for ever

John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into...

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Afterglow

Helen Lowrie Marshall

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one...

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At That Hour

James Joyce

At that hour when all things have repose,
O lonely watcher of the skies,
Do you hear the night wind and the sighs
Of harps playing unto Love to unclose
The...

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Away

James Whitcomb Riley

I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead- . He is just away!

With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into an unknown...

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Because I could not stop for death

Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage...

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Candle on the Water

Pete’s Dragon, Walt Disney

I'll be your candle on the water
My love for you will always burn
I know you're lost and drifting
But the clouds are lifting
Don't give up, you have...

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Crossing the Bar

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems...

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Cruising the Supernova

Michael Ashby

The sailor cast off the mortal coil
As the voyage of a lifetime was...

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Death be not proud

John Donne

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and...

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Death is Nothing at All (all is well)

Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
I have only slipped away...

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Departed Comrade

Lucretius

Departed comrade! Thou, redeemed from pain Shall...

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Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep 
I am not there. I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds...

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Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave...

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Early Death

Hartley Coleridge

She pass'd away like morning dew
Before the sun was high;
So brief her time, she...

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Echo

Christina Rossetti

Come to me in the silence of the night';
Come in the speaking...

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Epitaph on a Friend

Robert Burns

An honest man here lies at rest,
The friend of man,
The friend of truth...

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Epitaph on a child

Thomas Gray

Here, freed from pain, secure from misery, lies
A child, the darling of his...

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Even Such is Time

Sir Walter Raleigh

Even such is time, which takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, and all we have,
And...

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Evergreen

Clive Saffron

When darkness descends and the shadows fall,
You're my shining...

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Family O'Mine

Anonymous

I should like to send you a sunbeam,
or the twinkle of some bright star,
or a tiny...

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Farewell My Friends

Rabindranath Tagore

It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets...

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Feel no guilt in laughter

Anonymous

Feel no guilt in laughter,
he’d know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile...

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Finding You in Beauty

Walter Rinder

The rays of light filtered through
The sentinels of trees this morning.
I sat...

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Four Candles

Anonymous

The first candle represents our grief.
The pain of losing you is...

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Funeral blues

W H Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from...

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Funeralissimo

Michael Ashby

The musical notes stood in lines
Discordant in their grief...

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God Saw You Getting Tired

Frances & Kathleen Ceolho

God saw you getting tired,
And a cure was not to be
So he put His arms around you
And...

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God's Garden

Anonymous

God looked around his garden -
And found an empty place,
He then...

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Gone From My Sight

Henry van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side...

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Goodnight

A E Housman

Goodnight; ensured release,
Imperishable peace,
Have these for yours,
While sea...

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High Flight

John Gillespie Magee

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on...

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His journey's just begun

Ellen Brenneman

Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds...

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How Do I Love Thee?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the...

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I Am Not Gone

Michael Ashby

I am not gone, while you cry with me
I am not gone, while you smile...

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I carry your heart with me

E E Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it...

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I'm Free

Anonymous

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God...

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If Death is Kind

Sara Teasdale

Perhaps if Death is kind, and there can be returning,
We will come back to earth...

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If I Be the First of Us to Die

Nicholas Evans

If I be the first of us to die,
Let grief not blacken long your sky.
Be...

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If tears could build a stairway

Anonymous

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
I would walk right up to...

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In Memoriam A H H (Part XXVII)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I envy not in any moods,
The captive void of noble rage,
The linnet born...

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Just say you are sorry

Rita Moran

Please, don’t ask me if I’m over it yet.
I’ll never be over...

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Let Me Go

Christina Rossetti

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for...

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Life

Charlotte Bronte

Life, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a...

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Life Goes On (I want fireworks)

Michael Ashby

I want fireworks at my funeral
To brighten up your eyes
I want clowns at...

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Life is Always Ahead

James Tipp

Life is always ahead, exciting and full of adventure.
What h...

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Living Each Day

Lisa Kitson

Now I am gone, now I am lost to you
Find me again just as you used to do:
In...

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Music, when soft voices die

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory -
Odours, when sweet violets...

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My Light Will Shine Forever

Michael Ashby

Synapses, lightening forks
Neural nets cast aglow
My being is no longer...

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Native American Poem

Anonymous

I give you this one thought to keep.
I am with you still. I do...

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Not, how did he die, but how did he live?

Summer Sandercox

Not, how did he die, but how did he live?...

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O May I Join the Choir Invisible

George Elliot

O May I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who...

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One Last Flutter

Michael Ashby

I've always gone with the roll of the dice
But now my number's up
And since I'm...

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Put Out to Seed Again

Michael Ashby

It's my turn now to be planted
Put out to seed again
While the fruits...

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Remember

Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the...

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Remember Me - To the Living I Am Gone

Margaret Mead

To the living, I am gone,
To the sorrowful, I wil never...

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Risk

Anonymous

To laugh, is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep, is to risk...

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Salcombe's Estuary Orchestra

Michael Ashby

Seabirds dance to Neptune's beat, and
Like moths around a flame
Welcome back the...

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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day

William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and...

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She Walks in Beauty

Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry...

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So, We'll Go No More A Roving

Lord Byron

So, we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still...

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Song of the River

W R Hearst

The snow melts on the mountain
And the water runs down to the spring, And...

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Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not...

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Sonnet XXX

William Shakespeare

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up...

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The Gate of the Year

Minnie Louise Haskins

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give ...

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The Prophet, "You would know the secret of death"

Kahlil Gibran

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find...

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The Ship of Death

D H Lawrence

Now it is autumn and the falling fruit and the long journey...

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The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who m...

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The soldier

Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some...

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There is no death

Anonymous

There is a plan far greater than the plan you know;

There...

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They That Love Beyond the World

William Penn

"They that love beyond the world, cannot be separated.
Death...

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Think of Me Then

Asa James

On a day of rain when you site indoors
By the fire with a book, as I loved...

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Time Is

Henry Van Dyke

Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear...

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Time will ease the hurt

Bruce Wilmer

The sadness of the present days
Is locked and set in time,
And ...

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Tis Only We Who Grieve

Anonymous

Tis only we who grieve
They do not leave
They are not gone
They look...

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To My Dear Loving Husband

Anne Bradstreet

“If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were...

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To Sleep

John Keats

O soft embalmer of the still midnight,
Shutting, with...

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To Those I Love

Isla Paschal Richardson

If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go...

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Tomorrows

Simon Bridges

After this day has darkened and gone
And I wake to the rest of my life
I...

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Turn again to life

Mary Lee Hall

If I should die and leave you here awhile,
be not like others, sore undone,...

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Were the World to End Tomorrow (a hymn on not giving up)

Fred Kaan (1929-2009)

Were the world to end tomorrow,
would we plant a tree today?...

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When I Must Leave

Anonymous

When I must leave you for a while
Please do not grieve and...

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When I am Dead, My Dearest

Christina Rossetti

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant...

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Where the bee sucks, there suck I

William Shakespeare

Where the bee sucks, there suck I:
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I couch when...

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You can shed tears that she is gone

Anonymous

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

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