Funeral poems are a great way to express your love and appreciation for someone who has recently passed. Though these poems may be sad, their purpose is to lift the hearts of those affected by this loss and remind them of the beauty in life and the memories left behind when it is time to leave this earth. Please be sure to credit the author when using these poems on a website or at a funeral service.

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Poetry Quotes

Poetry is just the evidence of life.  If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.  ~Leonard Cohen

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life. ~George Sand

The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, “Oh, just let me enjoy the poem.” ~Robert Penn Warren

Our joys will be greater
Our love will be deeper
Our lives will be fuller
Because we shared your moment

‘Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but live in thankfulness that he was’ ~Hebrew proverb

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

A gift for such a little while, your loss just seems so wrong, you should not have left before us, it’s with loved ones you belong.

“What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning.”

A butterfly captures our hearts from the moment they appear.
They are vibrant and graceful as their presence lifts our spirits.
Gone much too soon, they will never be forgotten.

As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us.
~T.C. Ring

Love is like a butterfly; it goes where it pleases and pleases wherever it goes.

Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone.
Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.”
~Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.

No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.

The memory of a good personis a blessing.
~Proverb 10:7

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

Grief is the price we pay for love.

Real love stories never have endings.

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced
Live your life in a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice
Native American Proverb

Serenity Prayer
God grant me the Serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things
I can, and the Wisdom to know
the difference.

The best and most beautiful
Things in the world cannot
Be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
~Helen Keller

Tears water our growth
~William Shakespeare

“You see things and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say, ‘Why not?'”

Edward Kennedy speaking of Bobby Kennedy in Eulogy quoted from George Bernard Shaw from the play “Back to Methuselah.”

The journey is the reward
~Tao Saying

Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh
And talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved
You so—‘twas heaven here with you.
~Isla Paschal Richardson

Irish Prayer
Until we meet again, may God
Hold you in the palm of his hand.

What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
becomes a part of us.
~Helen Keller

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels,
we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”

“Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.”
~Saint Francis de Sales

“To love for the sake of being loved is human,but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.”
~Alphonse de Lamartine

“The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.”
~Jean Paul Richter

“When hearts listen, angels sing.”

“Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson/

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose;
All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.
~Helen Keller

Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel’s beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand.
~By Hans Christian Andersen

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced
Live your life in a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice
~Native American Proverb

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
~William Penn

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no one can steal
~Irish Tombstone

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

“I know it aches, how your heart it breaks. You can only take so much. Walk on.”
– Bono

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.”
– Voltaire

“God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open. ”
– Hazrat Inayat Khan

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.” -William Penn

“Please remember, it is what you are that heals, not what you know.”
– Carl Jung

“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found.”
– an old Sufi aphorism

My grief and pain are mine. I have earned them. They are part of me. Only in feeling them do I open myself to the lessons they can teach.”
– Anne Wilson Schaff

“The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” – Marcel

When facing the unknown, hope is as reasonable as despair.