Featuring a poem at a funeral, or a memorial service, can be a meaningful and rich way to honor your person. It can convey the sentiments with which they lead their life, how important they are to you, and anchor your grief. Funeral poems can be read or included if you are struggling to put your own reflections into words; or as an accompaniment to stories and memories.
Poems for funerals or memorial services can vary widely from honoree to honoree. The poem you select can be a way to paint a portrait of their life and soul or it can be what you wish to say to them. There are poems to say goodbye at a funeral that speak to the weight of grief, as well as short funeral poems to bring a smile or laugh! Poems and prose for loved one’s funerals can be a source of comfort, laughter, and love, as well as complex and ambivalent emotions.
In lieu of a poem, another option to read at the memorial service of a loved one, friend, or family member could be
Song lyrics important to the honoree
Sayings or favorite phrases
A quote from a book or movie
There is no correct length for what you want to read, they can be as short as one to four lines, or as long as you would like them to be.
Grief cannot be ‘fixed’ and poems and words for funerals will never change a loss, but these words can be companions for you and your loved ones as you gather to pay your respects. By reading or including a poem at a funeral for a friend, family member, or community member you can honor their legacy and share what they meant to you and who they were.
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