Some top 18 poems that are used on funeral programs are –
- “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” by Mary Frye
- “Death is Nothing at All” by Henry Scott-Holland
- “The Dash” by Linda Ellis
- “When I am Dead, My Dearest” by Christina Rossetti
- “Requiem” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
- “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden
- “At The Rising of the Moon” by W.B. Yeats
- “A Song of Living” by Amelia Josephine Burr
- “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
- “To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me” by Isla Paschal Richardson
- “In the Garden” by C. Austin Miles
- “Sometime When The River” by Edwin Markham
- “I Am Not There” by Dylan Thomas
- “When We Loved” by D.H Lawrence
- “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” by Dylan Thomas
- “Remember” by Christina Rossetti
- “The Bridge” by Emily Dickinson
- “Go, Lovely Rose” by Edmund Waller
It is important to choose a poem that best represents your loved one and brings comfort to their friends and family. The family can also opt to use a religious or spiritual poem or a personal favourite of the deceased.
Here are some types of funeral poems that might be appropriate for the celebration of life:
These poems are created to honour and celebrate the life of the deceased. It can reflect the individual’s accomplishments, charisma, and impact on the lives of others.
These poems provide an opportunity for reflection and contemplation on the theme of death and the afterlife. They can provide comfort and closure to the grieving.
These poems are intended to encourage and inspire the family and friends in attendance. They can help readers remember that even though the deceased is no longer alive, their memory will live on.
Religious or spiritual funeral poems:
These poems represent the deceased’s or the family’s faith. They can offer support and direction during the grieving process.
Personal Favourite Poems:
This could be a poem that the deceased enjoyed or one that holds special importance for the family.