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Child Funeral Poems

Nothing is more devastating.

Nothing can possibly hurt more.

No one can begin to understand your pain at this time.

 The following are a selection of poems suitable for a child's funeral.

You might also want to read the four poems written by Mattie Stepanek that Jimmy Carter read in his eulogy to Mattie.

Also from our readers,  child funeral poems.

Good night, sweet prince: and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

- William Shakespeare 

funeral poem for child

photo by Steve Hillebrand

In one of the stars, I shall be living.

In one of them, I shall be laughing.

And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing

When you look at the sky at night.

- The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.   They are messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love."

Washington Irving

A Child Loaned

I'll lend you for a little time

A child of Mine," He said,

"For you to love the while she lives,

And mourn for when she's dead.

It may be six or seven years

Or twenty-two or three,

But will you, till I call her back,

Take care of her for Me?

She'll bring her charms to gladden you,

And should her stay be brief,

You'll have her lovely memories

As solace for your grief.


I cannot promise she will stay,

Since all from earth return,

But there are lessons taught down there

I want this child to learn.

I've looked this wide world over

In My search for teachers true,

And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,

I have selected you;

Now will you give her all your love,

Not think the labor vain,

Nor hate Me when I come to call

And take her back again?"


I fancied that I heard them say,

"Dear Lord, Thy will be done,

For all the joy Thy child shall bring,

The risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter her with tenderness,

We'll love her while we may,

And for the happiness we've known,

Forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for her

Much sooner than we planned,

We'll brave the bitter grief that comes

And try to understand.


- Edgar A. Guest


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A video and lyrics of The Song, In My Daughter's Eyes by Martina McBride 


In my daughter's eyes I am a hero

I am strong and wise and I know no fear

But the truth is plain to see

She was sent to rescue me

I see who I wanna be

In my daughter's eyes


In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal

Darkness turns to light and the

world is at peace

This miracle God gave to me gives me

strength when I am weak

I find reason to believe

In my daughter's eyes


And when she wraps her hand

around my finger

Oh it puts a smile in my heart

Everything becomes a little clearer

I realize what life is all about


It's hangin' on when your heart

has had enough

It's giving more when you feel like giving up

I've seen the light

It's in my daugter's eyes


In my daughter's eyes I can see the future

A reflection of who I am and what will be

Though she'll grow and someday leave

Maybe raise a family

When I'm gone I hope you see how happy

she made me

For I'll be there

In my daughter's eyes 


A selection of songs suitable for a child's service 


With flowing tears, dear cherished one,

We lay thee with the dead;

And flowers, which thou didst love so well,

Shall wave above thy head.


Sweet emblems of thy dearer self,

They find a wintry tomb;

And at the south wind's gentle touch,

Spring forth to life and bloom.


Thus, when the sun of righteousness

Shall gild thy dark abode,

Thy slumb'ring dust shall bloom afresh,

And soar to meet thy God.

- Sarah Mower

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