30 Poems About Death for Funeral, Eulogies & Memorials

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Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived or died that distinguish one man from another. We have selected 20 of the best poems about death for funerals eulogies and memorials.

Sad Poems about Death for Funerals, Eulogies & Memorials:


1. Another Leaf Has Fallen
Another leaf has fallen,
another soul has gone.
But still we have God's promises,
in every robin's song.
For he is in His heaven,
and though He takes away,
He always leaves to mortals,
the bright sun's kindly ray.
He leaves the fragrant blossoms, and lovely forest, green.
And gives us new found comfort,
when we on Him will lean.

2. Memories of the Heart
Feel no guilt in laughter,
she knows how much you care,
feel no sorrow in a smile
that she's not here to share
So talk about the good times
the ways you showed you cared,
the days you spent together,
all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you
a word someone may say,
will suddenly recapture
a time, an hour, a day
That brings her back as clearly
as though she were still here,
and fills you with the feelings
that she is always near
For if you keep those memories
You will never be apart,
And she will live forever
Locked safe within your hearts. 

3. Footprints In The Sand (Author Unknown)
One night I dreamed I was walking
Along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
Other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
That during the low periods of my life,
When I was suffering from
Anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you,
You would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
The most trying periods of my life
There have only been one set
Of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
Have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen
Only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”

4. God Hath Not Promised
God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain,
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love……..

5. Broken Chain
We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you,
you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

6. In Memoriam
Our lives go on without you
But nothing is the same
We have to hide our heartache
When someone speaks your name
Sad are the hearts that love you
Silent are the tears that fall
Living without you is the hardest
part of all
You did so many things for us
Your heart was so kind and true
And when we needed someone
We could always count on you
The special years will not return
When we are all together
But with the love in our hearts
You walk with us forever

7. The Soul Departed
The Soul departed
in the Lord does not die,
It returns to God,
Who is the giver of Life.
Amen

8. Poem Of Life (Author Unknown)
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road,
To sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
But never meant to stay . . .
Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey’s quicker,
For some the journey’s slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.

9. If Tears Could Build A Stairwell
If tears could build a stairwell
and memories were a lane,
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken,
no time to say good
-bye...
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.
My heart still aches in sadness
and secret tears still flow,
What it means to lose you
no one will ever know.

10. Don’t Weep
Don’t weep at my grave,
For I am not there,
I’ve a date with a butterfly
to dance in the air.
I’ll be singing in the sunshine,
Wild and free,
Playing tag with the wind,
Please dont weep for me.
How can i live
What am i to do
Now apart of my heart,
Is buried with you?

11. Miss Me . . . But Let Me Go
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 too long,
And not with your head bowed low,
Remember the love that we once shared . . .
Miss me, but let me go!
For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It’s all part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me . . . But let me go.
-Author Unknown

12. Gone From My Sight (Henry Van Dyke)
I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says;
"There, she is gone!"
"Gone where?"
Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, "There, she is gone!"
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad
shout;
"Here she comes!"
And that is dying.

13. I Have a Rendezvous with Death  (Alan Seeger)
I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air —
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath —
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.
God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where Love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear . . .
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

14. Welcome Home
When I am gone, release me, let me goI
have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave to you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown.
But now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part
So bless with memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come,
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone
I’ll greet you with a smile, and
“Welcome Home”

15. Remembrance (for a man)
You can shed tears that he is gone, or you
can smile because he has lived. You can
close your eyes and pray that he’ll come
back, or you can open your eyes and
see he has left. Your heart can be empty
because you can’t see him, or you can be
full of the love you shared. You can turn
your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because
of yesterday. You can remember him and
only that he’s gone, or you can cherish his
memory and let it live on. You can cry and
close your mind, be empty and turn your
back, or you can do what he’d want,
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

16. Special Day
I do not need a special day
to bring you to my mind.
The days I do not think of you
are very hard to find.
Each morning when I awake
I know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heartache
as I try to carry on.
My heart still aches with sadness
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you,
no one will ever know.
Our thoughts are always with you,
your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly
and we always will.

17. A Silent Tear
Just close your eyes and you will see
All the memories that you have of me
Just sit and relax and you will find
I’m really still there inside your mind
Don’t cry for me now I’m gone
For I am in the land of song
There is no pain, there is no fear
So dry away that silent tear
Don’t think of me in the dark and cold
For here I am, no longer old
I’m in that place that’s filled with love
Known to you all, as “UP ABOVE”

18. Winding the Clock
When I was a little lad, my old grandfather said that
none should wind the clock but he, and so at time for
bed, he’d fumble for the curious key kept high upon the
shelf. And set aside that little task entirely for himself. In
time grandfather past away and so that duty fell unto
my father who performed the weekly custom well; He
held that clocks were not to be by careless persons
wound and he alone should turn the key or move the
hand around. I envied him that task and wished that I
might be the one to be entrusted with the turning of the
key. But year by year the clock was his exclusive bit of
care until the day the angels came and smoothed his
silver hair. Today the task is mine to do, like those
who’ve gone before I am jealous guardian of that round
and glassy door. And until at my chamber door God’s
messenger shall knock, to me alone shall be right to
wind the clock.

19. It’s a Time of Heartfelt Sadness
It’s a time of heartfelt sadness
When a loved one passes on
But know your loved one lives in joy
And peace where he (or she) has gone
Oh how much he will be missed
That’s where the sadness lies
But others who have missed him
now rejoice in Heaven’s skies
We know one day we’ll join him
Because our time on earth will flee
We’ll then live with him forever
Throughout all eternity

20. Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 28
Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be, a
resting place along the road to sweet eternity. We all
have different journeys, different paths along way, we
all are meant to learn some things, but never meant to
stay….
Our destination is a place far greater than we know.
For some, the journey’s quick, for some the journey’s
slow, but when the journey finally ends, we’ll claim a
great reward and find an everlasting peace, together
with the Lord.
And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called
according to His purpose.

21. There is a time for tears
There is a time for tears.
When your heart is too full of sorrow,
they begin to flow,
as naturally as rain from heaven.
There is a beauty in tears,
a rightness about them.
They should be shed proudly,
for they show how much
you have lived and loved and lost.
Tears honor our loved ones.
There is a sacredness about them.
Each one is a prayer
that only God can hear.
The soul could have no rainbows
if our eyes could have no tears.

22. Farewell my Friends
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
Save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the
heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life I came across
good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell, my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
For that's what I'll like when you
live in the hearts
Of those you love, remember then
You never die.

23. Boundless
They talk about a woman’s sphere
As though it had a limit;
There’s not a place in earth or Heaven,
There’s not a task to mankind given,
There’s not a blessing or a woe,
There’s not a whispered yes or no,
There’s not a life, or death, or birth,
That has a feather’s weight of worth…
Without a woman in it.

24. I’m Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savoured much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

25. Afterglow (Helen Lowrie Marshall)
I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.

26. Indian Prayer
When I am dead
Cry for me a little
Think of me sometimes
But not too much.
Think of me now and again
As I was in life
At some moments it’s pleasant to recall
But not for long.
Leave me in peace
And I shall leave you in peace
And while you live
Let your thoughts be with the living.
Traditional An Angel from the Book of Life
Wrote down my baby’s birth,
And whispered as she closed the book
“Too Beautiful for Earth”

27. But not Forgotten
I think no matter where you stray,
That I shall go with you a way.
Though you may wander sweeter lands,
You will not forget my hands,
Nor yet the way I held my head
Nor the tremulous things I said.
You will still see me, small and white
And smiling, in the secret night,
And feel my arms about you when
The day comes fluttering back again.
I think, no matter where you be,
You’ll hold me in your memory
And keep my image there without me,
By telling later loves about me.

28. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep (Author unknown)
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

29. Time
Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love,
Time is eternity

30. Time Will Ease The Hurst
The sadness of the present days
Is locked and set in time,
And moving to the future
Is a slow and painful climb.
But all the feelings that are now
So vivid and so real
Can't hold their fresh intensity
As time begins to heal.
No wound so deep will ever go
Entirely away;
Yet every hurt becomes
A little less from day to day.
Nothing else can erase the painful
Imprints on your mind;
But there are softer memories
That time will let you find.
Though your heart won't let the sadness
Simply slide away,
The echoes will diminish
Even though the memories stay. 

Death is not the opposite of life but a part of it, we hope these Poems About Death will help with your reflections on what really matters.

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