Finding the Words Through Funeral Poetry

Posted on July 29th, 2019

In difficult times, many people turn to expressive art forms to help provide a sense of comfort; music, painting, photography and writing are just some examples of activities that can have a soothing effect, help communicate your emotions or even just provide some much-needed distraction when you’re struggling.

Art can also be a great place to start if you’re writing a eulogy or speech for a funeral service of someone you loved – and we find that poetry in particular can provide a good place to start. At a time when it can be difficult to express how you’re feeling, looking to poems to include or just to use for inspiration may help to make the process less daunting and overwhelming.

There are many poems written specifically for funerals, but any poem you find that reminds you of your lost loved one, or resonates with you and the way you feel, could give you the words to express yourself in a way you may not have considered.

Here are some of our favourites:

“Let Me Go”, Christina Rossetti
“Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.”

“Remember Me”, Joyce Grenfell
“Speak of me as you have always done.
Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.”

“She is Gone (He is Gone)”, David Harkins
“You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on”

“Afterglow”, Helen Lowrie Marshall
“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.”

“You’ve Just Walked Ahead Of Me”, Joyce Grenfell
“I try and cope the best I can
But I’m missing you so much
If I could only see you
And once more feel your touch.”

If you could use some help with planning a service or require any kind of guidance or advice, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team on 01206 862963.