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 Funeral Verses

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Funeral Song by Jake Thackray

I, the under-mentioned, by this document
Do declare my true intentions, my last will, my testament.
When I turn up my toes, when I rattle my clack, when I agonise,
I want no great wet weepings, no tearing of hair, no wringing of hands,
No sighs, no lack-a-days, no woe-is-me's and none of your sad adieus.
Go, go, go and get the priest and then go get the booze, boys.

Death, where is thy victory? Grave, where is thy sting?
When I snuff it bury me quickly, then let carousels begin -
But not a do with a few ham sandwiches, a sausage roll or two and "A small port wine, please".
Roll the carpet right back, get cracking with your old Gay Gordons
And your knees up, shake it up, live it up, sup it up, hell of a kind of a time.
And if the coppers come around, well, tell them the party's mine, boys.

Let best beef be eaten, fill every empty glass,
Let no breast be beaten, let no tooth be gnashed.
Don't bother with a fancy tombstone or a big-deal angel or a little copper flower pot:
Grow a dog-rose in my eyes or a pussy-willow
But no forget-me-nots, no epitaphs, no keepsakes; you can let my memory slip.
You can say a prayer or two for me soul then, but - make it quick, boys.

Lady, if your bosom is heaving don't waste your bosom on me.
Let it heave for a man who's breathing, a man who can feel, a man who can see.
And to my cronies: you can read my books, you can drive around in my motor car.
And you can fish your trout with my fly and tackle, you can play on my guitar,
And sing my songs, wear my shirts. You can even settle my debts.
You can kiss my little missus if she's willing then, but - no regrets, boys.

Your rosebuds are numbered;
Gather them now for rosebuds' sake.
And if your hands aren't too encumbered
Gather a bud or two for Jake.


Funeral / death poetry verse #1

Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not what was his church nor what was his creed,
but had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer,
to bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
but how many were sorry when he passed away?


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Funeral / death poetry verse #2

When I a
m gone, release me, let me go,
I have so many things to say and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears,
be happy that we had these years. I give you my love.
You can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown,
But now it’s time I travel on alone.

So grieve a while, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part
So bless the 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.”

-- Author Unknown


Funeral / death poetry verse #3

She was so very, very special
And was so from the start
You held her in your arms
But mainly in your heart

And like a single drop of rain
That on still waters fall,
Her life did ripples make
And touched the lives of all.

She's gone to play with angels
In heaven up above
So keep your special memories
And treasure. them with love

Although your darling daughter
Was with you just a while
She'll live on in your heart
With a sweet remembered smile


Funeral / death poetry verse #9

The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn't bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.

 But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.

The little one we longed for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.

And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
Every beating of our hearts
 Says that we love you.


Funeral / death poetry verse #10

Sympathy verses suitable to be sent to the griever

Through the pain and loss you feel
You can count on our 'support'
We'll be with you, in spirit
And in mind and heart and thought

And though it will be difficult
In the days ahead of you
Try to face the future bravely
As (John) would want you to 

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.


Funeral / death poetry verse #11

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,
Far as long as there is memory,
They'll live on in the heart.

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Don't be sad-
I am in a snowflake,
I am in the rays of sun,
I am in the sparkling of stars

We've known lots of pleasure,
At times endured pain,
We've lived in the sunshine
And walked in the rain.

But now we're seperated
And for a time apart,
But I am not alone-
You're forever in my heart.

Death always seems so sudden,
And it is always sure,
But what is oft' forgotten-
It is not without a cure. 

There may be times you miss me,
I sort of hope you do,
But smile when you think of me,
For I'll be waiting for you.

Now there's many things for you to do,
And lots of ways to grow,
So get busy, be happy,and live your life,
Miss me, but let me go.

Remembering with you here
A life that was so dear

Thinking of you
At this time of loss

He (She) is not lost forever
But just for a while
You'll meet him (her) again
And experience that smile
Meantime, may family and friends
Comfort you

Wishing you
Hope in the midst of sorrow
Comfort in the midst of pain
With heartfelt sympathy

Friends comfort you
Faith uphold you
Loving memories heal your heart
With sympathy

He (She) left before you
A place to prepare
In the shelter
Of our Lord's care
May this bring comfort
In the sorrow you bear


May it make your sorrow
Easier to bear
Knowing there are others
Who understand and care

With heartfelt sympathy


Say not, in grief, that (Gladys) has gone
But give thanks that she was yours


Our thoughts are with you
On this sad day
Your ( Father) was a lovely man
And will be sadly missed
By us, among many


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I'm Still Here

Friend, please don't mourn for me
I'm still here, though you don't see.
I'm right by your side each night and day
And within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I'm always near.
I'm everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I'll never depart
As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight-
I'm the brightest star on a summer night.
I'll never be beyond your reach-
I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

I'm the colourful leaves when Autumn's around
And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
And you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking there's no one to love you,
You can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
And you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.
Just look for me, friend, I'm every place!

Author Unknown


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

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


If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don't you ever cry.
The love that's deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You'll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.


Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other
That we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
We enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me,
Let my name be ever the household word that
It always was.

Let it be spoken without effort,
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind because I am
Out of sight? I am but waiting for you
For an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner .
All is well.

Canon Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)


Funeral / death poetry verse #4

I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
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.


Funeral / death poetry verse #5

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
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, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace 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
Oh 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 savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.


Funeral Verses used at the Queen Mother's Funeral
(Actually written, not as a funeral poem but as an unrequited love poem)
Funeral / death poetry verse #6

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
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 her and only that she's gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

David Harkins


Funeral / death poetry verse #7

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 at 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

As we walk along the narrow road
Under the bowers of the trees;
Towards your final resting place
May you always be in peace.

You've left us with a gaping hole
Our lives never to be the same;
Your young life taken from us
So very sad, a terrible shame.

You're with the angels now
Looking down upon us here;
You'll be safe and happy now
We will quietly shed a tear.


You did so much through your life
Loved shown to one and all;
Never a bad word said to anyone
Not one that any can recall.

You will be missed by all of us
The neighbours out in droves;
The family all here for respect
The ties that for years you wove.

A very special lady
A Mom a Gran and wife;
The emptiness we now have
Will last us all our life.


The longest sleep will now be yours
The one we all have in the end;
But yours came early and shocked us all
This funeral we should not attend.

You were the greatest friend
To all of us that are here;
We miss you so very much
Because you were very dear.

Kind and considerate to the very end
No matter how you felt;
May God be with you our young friend
As before his throne you are now knelt.

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The flowers and the teddy bears
Denote your resting place;
Balloons to celebrate your life
Sweet like your little face.

We held you in our arms
You wound up in our hearts;
It doesn't matter now
Because we'll never be apart


We've been thinking of you all night long
Going round and round in our heads;
Praying that you were alright
Not hearing what the doctor said.

Crying , waiting and hoping hope
Finally the news came through ;
It was just too late and so
There was nothing they could do.

One of those things was what was said
Why oh why was all we asked;
As time went on and the sadness spread
The thought of paperwork and tasks.

Doctors going through procedures
For mum to be kept safe and sound;
Never to be the same again
Trying to keep her feet on the ground.

This time it was not to be
You've gone back from whence you came;
None of us here on earth though
Will ever be the same.

Sadness overwhelms us
In waves that come and go;
You're in our hearts and minds
We already miss you so.

Everything was ready
Your grand entrance was so close;
You've been called back to heaven
Little fingers and little toes.

We hope you can feel our love, that
Somehow you knew you weren't well;
Your little heart not strong enough
You couldn't stay and couldn't tell.

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A life well lived
Whether short or long;
Is proof we loved
Our gift from God.

We raise our eyes
To the heaven above;
Where we are sending
All our love.


Remember when, remember if
The memories keep flooding back;
Great times and laughed a lot
Of love there was no lack.

A shoulder to cry on and arms that hugged
Us all oh so very tight;
It didn't matter when or why
Or if in the day or in the night.

We'll miss you honey
We love you still;
We always did
And we always will.
Love you MOM


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


You will be welcomed like the king
That you was to us in life;
You take our love wrapped round you
From your ever loving wife.


Words to say whilst you pray
At the graveside of someone you love;
The only thing holding you up
Is the strength coming from up above.

The fight for life has now been lost
A fight always to the very end;
As precious life ebbed away
I thank you for being my friend.

We spent some time down memory lane
It was still fun as it always was;
It made us smile triumphantly
We still had that same buzz.

So Goodbye my friend
We'll meet again some day;
Till then enfolded in angels wings
There's no more I can say.


If beauty could be wrapped
It would envelop you;
If kindness could be bought
It would be words from you.

If wisdom could be passed on
It would certainly be yours;
The love you've left behind
We will carry through these doors.

Thank you for being you
So full of bubbly laughter;
I'll miss you Mom every day
From your loving daughter.


You've shared your love
With one or two too many;
But looking for light under bushes
Gave you men that were two a penny.

But lovelight always filled your eyes
Your heartfelt laughter rippled;
So lay you down to rest my friend
Taking with you, your last tipple.

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The joy you gave us for a minute
Will stay with us forever;
Holding you in our arms
Forget you, impossible and never.

There is no reason why
It feels an empty quest;
There's nothing more to do
But to lay you down to rest.

So sleep well our little one
You're now with those passed on;
They'll hold you and they'll play
We'll see you later on.


The life of some seems full
Others feel so empty;
That's 'cos we're on the outside
Inside there was plenty.

Contentment counts for much
Happy with his lot;
Peace of mind and happiness
Is exactly what he got.

So farewell dad I love you so
We didn't always see eye to eye;
But tears are welling up in mine
Now it's time to say Goodbye.


Clean consciences for all
Are dealt out on this day;
As words we never said
Say them now as we pray.

Sometimes things get left
It's easier that way;
Until an untimely end
Now we'll never say.

So a sorry or I love you
The time is just right now;
Last chance todays the day
Adios, Adieu and Au revoir!


When there is a beginning
There is always an end;
We never know on this road of life
Just when we turn the bend.

Each day is a gift
That's why we call it the present;
So treasure every moment
Make sure every word is meant.

Time wasting is a sin
There are those who wish for more;
Not a minute is given to anyone
Time waits for no man that is the law!

We were glad (name) joined us here
On good old planet earth;
A pleasure to have known you friend
You were always full of mirth.


For those who don't know what to say
A few lines now'n'again;
Will inspire you and raise memories
To show you-yes you can.

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It seems so trite to say I'll miss you
I didn't visit you enough;
I'm so sorry for those times I've missed
Without you now is tough.

I know you were proud of me
And the things that I've achieved;
It was all down to you behind me
You must have felt aggrieved.

You can rest now though
I'll certainly remember you well;
The lesson has been learnt
But it's you I want to tell.

So witness one and all
My Mom was someone special;
She kept the peace and carried on
She was a Mom so especial.


Monsieur Laugh a Lot
That's what he was called;
As kids we said it all the time
He kept us all enthralled.

A marvellous father, a fantastic dad;
We couldn't have asked for more;
Every day was a magical trip
Never knowing what he had in store.

Even when he knew
His time was nearly up;
His glass was never empty
It was full up to the top.

The doctors and the nurses
Some of them are here;
To say their last farewell
To a patient full of cheer.

So it's Goodbye Dad
From all of us who loved you;
You'll be proud as punch at this turnout
We know your last words too would be - WooHoo!!

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Underneath the arches
The tree lined path it stops;
That's where you'll be at peace
Where the flowers grow like crops.

Your favorite to flower all year round
You'll never be alone;
The birds and bees will fly around
In heaven you'll be grown.


Gone yet not forgotten,
Although we are apart,
Your spirit lives within me,
Forever in my heart.


I thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new;
I thought about you yesterday
and days before that too.
I think of you in silence
I often speak your name;
All I have are memories
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake
with which I’ll never part;
God has you in His keeping
 I have you in my heart.


There's magic in a Mother's touch,
And sunshine in her smile.
There's love in everything she does
To make our lives worthwhile.

We can find both hope and courage
Just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy,
Her works are warm and wise.

There is a kindness and compassion
To be found in her embrace,
And we see the light of heaven
Shining from a Mother's face.

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I know I have to let you go.
How I will, I do not know.
I know that it's your time to die.
What I don't know is how to say goodbye.
I'll miss you so much I don't know what to do.
I guess I'll just end this poem with a goodbye
and an I love you.
Jenna Leigh Walters


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


Funeral / death poetry verse #8