Funeral Poems

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There Is No Night Without A Dawning
by Helen Steiner Rice

No winter without a spring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will once more sing ….
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless, care worn world
Into a brighter day

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To Laugh Often And Much
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of the intelligent people

and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics

and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty;

to find the best in others; 

to leave the world a bit better

whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;


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Let Me Go
by Christina Georgina Rossetti

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.

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You'Ve Just Walked On Ahead Of Me
by Joyce Grenfell

And I've got to understand
You must release the ones you love
And let go of their hand.
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.
Yes, you've just walked on ahead of me
Don't worry I'll be fine
But now and then I swear I feel

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So Many Different Lengths Of Time
by Brian Patten

How long does a man live after all?
A thousand days or only one?
One week or a few centuries?
How long does a man spend living or dying
and what do we mean when we say gone forever?

Adrift in such preoccupations, we seek clarification.
We can go to the philosophers
but they will weary of our questions.
We can go to the priests and rabbis

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Recent Funeral Poems
Saying Goodbye
by Haych Nano

Today we place you to final rest
know that with your presence we've been blessed.
six feet down in your grave
we shed a tear, goodbye we wave.
the time has come to let you go
the sound rings out of the graveyard crow.
the clouds may part, the sun may shine
the priest speaks out, its now the time.
family cuddle and hug as we walk away
i'll never forget such a painful day.

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Fathers Funeral
by Haych Nano

Today we place you to final rest
know that with your presence we've been blessed.
six feet down in your grave
we shed a tear, goodbye we wave.
the time has come to let you go
the sound rings out of the graveyard crow.
the clouds may part, the sun may shine
the priest speaks out, its now the time.
family cuddle and hug as we walk away
i'll never forget such a painful day.

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I attended my funeral today.
by Pilgrim Roy

I attended my funeral today.
My soul left my body and soared away
because I had breathed out my last breath
and walked with Jesus through the Vale of Death.

For my soul no longer needed to share
the dead body that lay in the coffin there.
For my body’s sell by date had expired
and it was empty and longer required.


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New Reality
by Nicholas Kolaric

I am tired,
A life has expired
A person who I deeply admired.
The future that was selected
Came when I least expected.
I don't know what tonight will be,
Little did I know that she would be free.

The sound of a rattling diesel engine
did catch my attention - I knew that machine wasn't beeping.

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The Clock Cell
by Rosa Jamali

The Clock Cell
A Poem by Rosa Jamali
Translated from original Persian into English by the Author

Something happens to die
And the sunlight which has been soaking is wet and obscure
If I extend the lines
That frozen object will drop
The one you seized in your hand
Otherwise,

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