Sharing Poems for Funeral Tributes

poems for funeral tributes

These quotes and sympathy poems for funeral tributes are helpful for anyone planning to write a eulogy. Sharing a poem is a great opportunity to offer hope and encouragement to everyone present. If you can find a funeral poem that reminds you of your loved one and is a comfort to you, it will also comfort others. Keep reading and you will be well-prepared and confident. Below you will find a few poems and also some help for anyone writing an obituary, giving a eulogy or planning a memorial service.

Some Key Points Presenting Funeral Poems and Readings

Having the perfect poem to share can really help you feel confident and prepared. A couple of good tips that can help too:

  • Brief moments of silence are okay.
  • Pauses are important and can give you an opportunity to look up at your audience.
  • Remember to breathe.
  • Keep a tissue handy, just in case you tear up.
  • Aim to read slowly and calmly.

Most poems have natural breaks in them where you can pause to take a breath. You do not want to read the poem too fast or become winded, it will affects the tone of your voice.

You may even want to mark the places in the poem where you will pause and look up.

The Best Collection of Quotes and Sympathy Poems That I Know Of

As a Pastor’s wife, I’ve recommended: Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep to ministers and to friends and family who are planning a memorial service many times.

This is the very best selection of quotes, sympathy poems and funeral readings that I know of. It’s neatly organized so you can search by by alphabetical order, by first lines, by author, or by a theme such as “for the loss of a child.”

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Poems for Funeral Tributes

The following poems are popular funeral readings.

All Is Well

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room.
I am I and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used to.
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household world that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.

-By Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral


Light a Candle

And I will light a candle for you.
To shatter all the darkness and bless the times we knew.
Like a beacon in the night,
The flame will burn bright and guide us on our way.
Oh, today I light a candle for you.
The seasons come and go, and I’m weary from the change.
I keep on moving on, you know it’s not the same.
And when I’m walking all alone
Do you hear me call your name?
Do your hear me sing the songs we used to sing?
You filled my life with wonder, touched me with surprise,
Always saw that something special deep within your eyes.
And through the good times and the bad,
We carried on with pride.
I hold onto the love and life we knew.
And I will light a candle for you.
To shatter all the darkness and bless the times we knew.
Like a beacon in the night
The flame will burn bright and guide us on our way.
Oh, today I light a candle for you.

-by Paul Alexander (also a popular funeral song)


I Thought of You Today

I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too,
I think of you in silence I often speak your name.
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part
God has you in His keeping I have you in my heart.