The Best Funeral Poems

The Funeral Tutor

Ever wonder why some funeral poems are head and shoulders above others, and some simply bore you to tears.

Searching for the best funeral poem is like looking for a needle in a haystack, especially when you're on an emotional roller coaster. 

Some funeral poems express sorrow and seek comfort, while others meditate on death, grief, loss and mortality.  

Grief in any circumstance can be difficult to articulate.   You want to acknowledge the pain and despair, yet express the gratitude for this person being a part of your life.

Many people also wish to acknowledge or hint at the hope of the new life that is promised.  

Poems that are most suitable for

Also, be sure to read some of the beautiful poems that our visitors have shared with us;

There are a number of tried and true funeral poems;

An alternative to funeral poems is to select lyrics from a favorite song of the deceased, that speaks to their philosophy of life.  Often that says far more about the personality of your loved one, rather than a poem.

However the very best funeral poem -   is one that is a one-of-a-kind poem, written specifically about your loved one. This wins hands down.  It may be read aloud,  or inserted in the program, and draws a tear and a smile to those in attendance at the service.  Afterwards, it is framed and read over and over again. 

(If you've never settled for the ordinary before, learn more about this kind of poem here.)

More Ideas of Some of My Best Funeral Poems;

It is not uncommon to use more than one funeral poem throughout the service.

The following is one of my favorite opening poems for the funeral or memorial service.   It immediately acknowledges the death, and the pain of the survivors, setting the tone as to why everyone has gathered together.

A Death Has Occurred  

A death as occurred and everything is changed.
We are painfully aware that life can never be the same again,
That yesterday is over,
That relationships once rich have ended.

But there is another way to look upon this truth.
If life now went on the same,
Without the presence of the one who had died,
we could only conclude that the life we remember
made no contribution,
filled no space,
meant nothing.

The fact that this person left behind a place
that cannot be filled is a high tribute to this individual.

Life can be the same after a trinket has been lost,
but never after the loss of a treasure.

By Paul Irion

The following is another favorite funeral poem.  I like to insert the deceased's name in the third line from the bottom to make it personable. This is particularly appropriate for someone who has died of an accident or illness.  If you are reading it aloud in the service, practice it aloud a few times to ensure you don't stumble on any of the words.   This is an excellent poem to open the service.  


You promised me you'd always be there.
You sat there, in that chair and promised me.
Large as life, ebullient, robust;
they were the words that sealed your promise
You stood by the shore
As we laughed and squealed with delight as
you picked up rocks and tossed them with ease
Splashing us with expectations of your invincibility.
You were invincible. Weren't you (insert name)?
Or was it just a trick of time
That made me believe that you could live forever?

by David Chadwick Rites of Passage

Still Overwhelmed Trying to Find The Best Funeral Poem?

Can't find any poems that are even remotely close to what you're searching for?

There is another option.  The  best funeral poems are ones that;

  • tenderly speak about the deceased, and what they meant to their family 
  • honor the fullness of their life, 
  • reflect on what their life meant, 
  • how they will be remembered
  • and say farewell.

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Also you can find a selection of:

Plus, if you want to enjoy some Irish literary lyrics, we have a selection of

After looking through all our suggestions, are you still stuck for just the right poem? What about writing your own? For ideas on how to write a poem, this site is very helpful. 

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