Child Funeral Poems

Often child funeral poems or poems for an infant are selected as an attempt to make the mourner feel better.   Often it is an attempt to try and cheer people up; that the child is in a better place.

In my experience, often this is the wrong thing to do.  

Instead, when one responds to people by feeling their pain, it helps to begin the healing process.  The most comforting thing anyone can say is, 'this must really hurt' or 'I can't imagine what you're going through'.

Many people today have no affiliation with a church.  Many children have not been baptized.    So child funeral poems that speak to the child now being in a better place, may be not what the family needs to hear at this time. From a grieving point of view it is so much more comforting to talk about the child or infant - not where they have gone and the goodness of god.

People come to the service to mourn.  Ideal child funeral poems acknowledge the pain and give the family the right to cry, weep and deal with grief.  Poems can be spiritual, but not necessarily religious.

The following are a selection of child and infant funeral poems and quotes that I like to use for a child's funeral or memorial service.

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.

The mention of my child's name

May bring tears to my eyes,

But it never fails to bring

Music to my ears.

Let me hear the beautiful music of his name

It soothes my broken heart

And sings to my soul.

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

We Remember Them

One of the fears when a parent loses a child is that they may not be remembered. These powerful words stress that they will never be forgotten.

In the rising of the sun and in its going down

We remember them

In the boowing of the wind and in the chill of winter

We remember them

In the opening of the buds and in the warmth of summer

We remember them

In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of autum

We remember them

In the beginning of the year and when it ends

We remember them

When we are weary and in need of strength

We remember them

When we are lost and sick at heart

We remember them

When we have joys we yearn to share

We remember them

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us as

We remember them.

The poet said, Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased.   Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken.   But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.


The mention of my child's name

May bring tears to my eyes,

But it never fails to bring

Music to my ears.

Let me hear the beautiful music of his name

It soothes my broken heart

And sings to my soul.

My precious little (Name);

You rest upon the stars.

As we gaze upon you;

We know one star is ours.

It shines oh so beautiful;

Just as you did on Earth.

One day Mom and Dad will be one;

For we too will leave this earth.

Your soul has reached Jesus;

To God we pray for this.

(Name) do one little thing;

Catch this great big kiss.

Tiny angel rest your wings.  Sit with me for a while.  How I long to hold your hand and see your tender smile.  Tiny angel, look at me.   I want this image clear...That I'll forget your precious face that is my biggest fear.  Tiny angel, can you tell me why you have gone away?  You weren't here for very long...why is it you couldn't stay?  Tiny angel shook her head "These things I do not know...But I do know that you love me and that I love you so."   Anonymous

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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 daughter'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 

Child Funeral Poem: 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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