Putting together a funeral service is never easy. For you it is a difficult time. You have just lost your loved one, so it is only natural that you find it hard to focus and put together a service that does justice to the person you are saying goodbye to.
Traditional funeral poems for a modern service
Fortunately, most of us do not have to attend that many funerals in our lifetime, which of course is a very good thing. However, it does leave us with the problem that we have relatively little experience of funeral services, which makes it hard to come up with ideas. Often, even when you do have ideas, about what should be included in your loved one´s funeral service, you have the problem that you cannot be sure it will work well.
A good way to get around this issue is to tap into what other people have used in the past. To help you with this we have put together a list of traditional funeral poems. Usually, a simple online search will enable you to read each poem in full.
Which ones are appropriate is very much a matter of personal taste. If you read one of these traditional funeral poems and it feels right make a note of it. Often, when it comes to arranging a funeral service it is best to go with your feelings. Do not be afraid to only use a part of a traditional funeral poem, if you feel it is more appropriate to do so.
Our initial list
A Song of Living
Crossing the bar
I Did Not Die
Miss Me but Let Me Go
Farewell my Friends
All Is Well
I Thought Of You Today
Poems Read At Princess Diana’s funeral
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
Death Be Not Proud
God Saw You Getting Tired
He Has Achieved Success
If Tomorrow Starts Without Me
There Is No Death (Death is Nothing at All)
To An Athlete Dying Young
I Fall Asleep
Life Is But A Stopping Place
If I Should Go Tomorrow
A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No Night Without
Beyond the Sunset (Should You Go First)
Footprints in the Sand
Other sources of funeral poem inspiration
If none of the above appeal to you turn to the person who will be conducting the funeral for inspiration. Over the years, they will have attended literally hundreds of funerals, so they will have their own list of favourite funeral poems. You can also consider lifting a few lines from a song that expresses how you feel, or says something about the personality of the person you are commemorating.
Please help us to help others
Naturally, this is not a comprehensive list. If you have other favourite funeral poems that we have not included above please let us know about them in the comments section. We will then take a look and add those we like to the list. Thank you in anticipation of your help with this project.