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Here you will find a variety of poems about family that you are welcome to share . With this poem, I wish to convey. I think it's very important to begin teaching our children about the importance of family at a very young age.

Wish someone a Happy Birthday with a beautiful personal poem and with a nice bunch of flowers, perhaps.

Here are some of the most beautiful birthday poems, suitable for any recipient.

10+ Birthday Poems for any Recipient

Just past dawn, the sun stands
with its heavy red head
in a black stanchion of trees,
waiting for someone to come
with his bucket
for the foamy white light,
and then a long day in the pasture.
I too spend my days grazing,
feasting on every green moment
till darkness calls,
and with the others
I walk away into the night,
swinging the little tin bell
of my name.

Ted Kooser


I wish you, my friend, a beautiful day,

Hopes and greetings I’m sending your way,
May all your dreams come true
On this birthday just for you!

LONG-EXPECTED one and twenty
Ling’ring year at last has flown,
Pomp and pleasure, pride and plenty
Great Sir John, are all your own.

Loosen’d from the minor’s tether,
Free to mortgage or to sell,
Wild as wind, and light as feather
Bid the slaves of thrift farewell.

Call the Bettys, Kates, and Jenneys
Ev’ry name that laughs at care,
Lavish of your Grandsire’s guineas,
Show the spirit of an heir.

All that prey on vice and folly
Joy to see their quarry fly,
Here the gamester light and jolly
There the lender grave and sly.

Wealth, Sir John, was made to wander,
Let it wander as it will;
See the jocky, see the pander,
Bid them come, and take their fill.

When the bonny blade carouses,
Pockets full, and spirits high,
What are acres? What are houses?
Only dirt, or wet or dry.

If the Guardian or the Mother
Tell the woes of willful waste,
Scorn their counsel and their pother,
You can hang or drown at last.

Samuel Johnson


By Message Guy

Happy birthday!

Wow, another birthday is here.
What can I really say?
You look pretty good.
Even with a touch of gray.

Your eyes are still so blue.
You’re still so kind and mellow.
Your smile is just as infectious.
Even though your teeth are yellow.

Yes, this birthday is grand.
Your life’s as good as gold.
But you can’t fool Mother Nature.
You are still getting old.


My heart is like a singing bird whose nest is in a water’d shoot;

My heart is like an apple-tree

Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;

My heart is like a rainbow shell

That paddles in a halcyon sea;

My heart is gladder than all these,

Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a daïs of silk and down;

Hang it with vair and purple dyes;

Carve it in doves and pomegranates,

And peacocks with a hundred eyes;

Work it in gold and silver grapes,

In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;

Because the birthday of my life

Is come, my love is come to me.

Christina Rosetti


So many people live around you,
But not all get close to your heart.
Some become so dear
That with their thoughts, its beating starts.
You are the one to whom
I’ll give my care to the most.
Your absence makes me feel in life
As if everything is completely lost.
Your birthday was in my mind,
Wishes though I couldn’t convey.
There were so many hurdles
Standing tall in the way.
I have prayed for your good life
And mental peace with good health.
The rest of things are just temporary,
Only these will be your real wealth.


Oh be thou blest with all that Heav’n can send,
Long Health, long Youth, long Pleasure, and a Friend:
Not with those Toys the female world admire,
Riches that vex, and Vanities that tire.
With added years if Life bring nothing new,
But, like a Sieve, let ev’ry blessing thro’,
Some joy still lost, as each vain year runs o’er,
And all we gain, some sad Reflection more;
Is that a Birth-Day? ’tis alas! too clear,
‘Tis but the funeral of the former year.
Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content,
And the gay Conscience of a life well spent,
Calm ev’ry thought, inspirit ev’ry grace.
Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.
Let day improve on day, and year on year,
Without a Pain, a Trouble, or a Fear;
Till Death unfelt that tender frame destroy,
In some soft Dream, or Extasy of joy,
Peaceful sleep out the Sabbath of the Tomb,
And wake to Raptures in a Life to come.


sources: Poem Hunter, Birthday Messages, Family Friend Poems, Poetry Archive

I have reached a time when words no longer help:

Instead of guiding me across the moors

Strong landmarks in the uncertain out-of-doors,

Or like dependable friars on the Alp

Saving with wisdom and with brandy kegs,

They are gravel-stones, or tiny dogs which yelp

Biting my trousers, running round my legs.

Description and analysis degrade,

Limit, delay, slipped land from what has been



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Here you will find a variety of poems about family that you are welcome to share with your immediate or extended family members. You could also add them to your scarpbook or share them on facebook (it's up to you).


Poems About Family

Poems for Family and Friends

My Family Poem

Poems that Talk About Loving Your Family

Family Poems for Children

Family Reunion Poems

Christmas Poem for Your Family

Death in the Family Poems

Family Tree Poems

Funny Family Poem

The first poem reminds us all how important family is in our lives.

Personally, I can't imagine how my life would be without family that I could depend on.

In addition, family members such as sisters, brothers, cousins and parents are great at offering free advice and their perspective on things.

Some of the categories that are coverd include, family reunions, loss of a family member, Christmas with the family, and even these sentimental Mother's Day Poems.

Most of these verses are meant to be sweet and inspirational, but you will find a few funny ones as well. Enjoy!

Poems About Family

Your Family

Your family are people, you can depend,
If you get in trouble, they shall defend.
They are the one's that understand,
Always willing to give you a hand.

Your family, you should always cherish,
Without them you would probably perish.
Your connection with them is very deep,
If something happens, together you weep.

You family can help, your confidence build,
With their love and support, you'll feel fulfilled.
Just don't forget to show your appreciation,
That will strengthen your relation.


Family Bond

A family bond is really strong,
They'll accept you, if you're wrong.
Family is there for comfort and support,
Even love you, if you're short.

A family will bring laughter and joy,
Sometimes they just simply annoy.
But that's ok, since they care,
Many things with you, they'll share.

Life without family, wouldn't be the same,
It would be lonely, and definitely lame.
So make sure you thank, each family member,
For being there, from January to December.


If you'd like you may even use one of these verses for scrapbooking purposes.

You may choose a poem that relates best to your family situation and add a few family photos or pictures to your scrapbook.

The next lovely poem was submitted by Justice Bullock. Thank you for sharing it with us Justice.

I Love My Family

I love my family because
they're filled with love
I picture them as angels
from heaven above

I know they love me
and I know they care
our love is so big
but there's enough to share

We're never alone
it will be like that forever
I love my family
we will always be together


I'll admit, I'm not a scrapbooking expert by any means. I'm actually very bad at it.

But a few years ago, I did spend 3 full days working on one for my wife. It wasn't the prettiest creation, but I guess effort does count, because she loved it.

I think it's really important for family members to help one another. Whether it's when they are going through a difficult time and are in need or with simple but important things such as chores around the house. Years ago, when my wife and I were living in a small condo, it was really easy to vacuum the entire space with our Shark cordless vacuum. Now it takes a bit longer with our Miele vacuum that works like a charm.

Family Creature

Family is truly a unique creature,
It can function as an effective teacher.
Each person involved, has plenty to learn,
Through words and actions, respect they may earn.

Sometimes arguments may get pretty loud,
That's because, they're all just so proud.
They better watch what they say,
Otherwise, they'll be lonely and grey.

This creature you should always feed,
You never know, when something you'll need.
The trick is to listen and sometimes talk,
Grab the creature, and go for a walk.


The above poem about family was written to be a bit more on the humorous side. But it's also meant to remind us to be thankful for all the good times we had with our families and for keeping our lives interesting

Poems for Family and Friends

Here's a couple poems for family and friends. The first one you may share with your family, while the second one with your friends.

Family Unique

Did you know that our family is unique?
At the dinner table, good luck if you speak.
I'm not saying they are bad,
On occasions they make me mad.

Maybe our family came from the zoo,
They really do, have more than one view.
I'm not here to lay the blame,
Seems like they're always playing a game.

Without them, life would be boring,
Silent nights, no more snoring.
What can I say, our family is unique,
I might need a break, just for a week.

That poem reminds me of one of the more fun and opinionated families that I know. Not only are they always loud but they are also a very funny bunch of people that are down to earth and great to be around. I've known this family for many years and they have always made me feel very welcomed at their family gatherings and events. So if you have a quiet and very reserved family, then the above poem is probably not for you.


Your friendship, I can always depend,
If I need advice, you recommend.
Thanks for the times, you listened to me,
When I need help, you quickly agree.

Friends like you are pretty rare,
With you there's nothing, I can't share.
We are surely a fantastic team,
Always believing in each other's dream.

I'm just trying to give my thanks,
Apologize for all those pranks.
Just by looking at our past,
Our friendship, will surely last.


That was meant to be a thank you poem for a friend or a poem of appreciation. Sometimes, we need to remember that it's nice to thank our friends once in awhile for everything they do for us. Especially for being there for us.

My Family Poem

The next poem talks about ones family from a first person perspective.

My Family

My wonderful family, I love dearly,
From my heart, I speak sincerely.
They make me laugh all the time,
Help me up, when I need to climb.

I know my family, truly care,
They don't judge me or compare.
Always welcome me with open arms,
They make sure nothing harm's.

I love my family, every day,
With this poem, I wish to convey.
I know they may be a little strange,
But I hope they never, ever, change.


That's a poem about family that you may share with your wonderful family to let them know how thankful you are for having them in your life. Personally, it reminds me the importance of family relationships in my life. Sure there's always ups and downs, but overall, life has the potential to be truly beautiful with a loving family.

If you're a parent and you're lucky enough to have a daughter or more, then I recommend you share one of these rhyming daughter poems with your wonderful daughter(s). I'm sure she'll love it.

We live in Canada, so I make sure that my young daughters are breathing healthy air when they're inside the house. First I ensure that the air purifiers are all working well and use a Bionaire humidifier in each of their rooms during the winter and Danby dehumidifiers during the summer months to make the air more comfortable and healthier.

Poems That Talk About Loving Your Family

If you love your family a lot, then these next few are for you. Share them with your father, mother, brother or sister. You may even share them with your extended family like your uncles, aunts, cousins, or grandparents. The choice is yours. I'm sure whoever you decide to share them with will be very touched.


For my family, I'm more than grateful,
I've been blessed, it's truly fateful.
They always stood, right next to me,
Offered advice and help for free.

Love for my family, stems from my heart,
They taught me so much, right from the start.
Encouraged me to reach for the stars,
Helped me overcome, so many scars.

Without my family, I'd be completely lost,
Can't imagine, the emotional cost.
I just hope, I may repay,
By loving them back, with zero delay.


I actually shared the following verse with my immediate family. In the second stanza, family problems are mentioned. That's just the reality of any family life. The key is to work together as a family to resolve any issues. This requires family unity and members should share the same or very similar family values.

Love My Family

I love my family with my heart and soul,
They make me happy, they make me whole.
We've shared special moments in time,
When I look back, it's truly sublime.

When difficult times suddenly came,
We stuck together, we didn't blame.
My family taught me, how to be brave,
When I was in need, they readily gave.

I love my family with my heart and soul,
They stood by me, when I had a goal.
I could only say the most beautiful things,
They help me fly, they gave me wings.


The above poem about family may even be shared with soldiers serving overseas. So if you are a part of a military family and one of your parents, siblings, or children are currently serving in the army or marines, maybe that poem would be fitting?

Family Poems for Children

Here's a few for children. Do you have any kids or know any kids that you could share these poems with? I think it's very important to begin teaching our children about the importance of family at a very young age. Hope these poems help.

Family Fun

Your family loves you a great deal,
Super happy, they'll make you feel.
Your family is really fun to be around,
They'll joke around and make a funny sound.

With your family you could play,
Every single sunny day.
I'm sure they are, a lot of fun,
In the park, when you guys run.

Just remember, one more thing,
With your family, you could sing.
Oops, one more thing I must remind,
Love them dearly, and be kind.


Just a Kid

Your family will forgive what you did,
That's because you're just a kid.
But even if you get much older,
Always welcome to cry on their shoulder.

Your family will help you become someone great,
Go on the ice, and teach you to skate.
Sure they will play with you in the pool,
Make your lunch and take you to school.

They are not just here to entertain,
Put on those bandages, when you're in pain.
Your family will help you look for bugs,
Don't forget to give them lots of hugs.


Family Reunion Poems

Maybe you would like to read one of these family reunion poems at your next reunion?

Even though they're quite rare, I always enjoy attending or hosting family reunions. They bring back a lot of wonderful memories. Another thing I enjoy about reunions is the part where I get to learn about my family history via stories told by the senior members.

Crazy Show

A family reunion is a special occasion,
Initially may seem, like crazy invasion.
Catching up with family, is awfully nice,
Just be ready for lots of advice.

Once in a while it's great to see,
The complexity of your family tree.
Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins brand new,
So many characters, who would have knew?

New relationships could prosper and grow,
Let's get on with this crazy show.
You must be really, super excited,
Thank the internet, all were invited.


Have you ever had the feeling of missing family members that you haven't seen in a long time? I experience that from time to time, and that usually motivates me to organize another family reunion.

My extended family loves to visit us because they sleep like babies in the guest room. They think it's the Canadian air. But I think it's because of the comfy Sleep Country bloom mattresses we have in that room.

Family Moments

Family Moments

A family reunion may stir many emotions,
Don't need to travel over the oceans.
If separated over plenty of time,
You are reading the correct rhyme.

Sometimes they'd enter your thoughts and mind,
Miss them dearly, knowing they're very kind.
You wait anxiously for the day you'll meet,
That special moment is always so sweet.

You may wish to share some flowers,
Eat some dinner and talk for hours,
You always hope that it will last,
While sharing stories from the past.


I wrote these two poems about myself to encourage you to write one about yourself. You could even submit it and I'll make sure to feature it on that page.

Christmas Poem for your Family

Here's a short Christmas poem for your family. I shared a very similar one a few years ago with my new family (in-laws) during the Christmas holidays. I remember clearly, it was right after church. Christmas always seems like a very spiritual time of the year for me because it's when everything slows down a lot and I get an opportunity to connect with my spiritual self a bit more.

Christmas Time

Christmas is one of the best times of the year,
Everyone is filled with happiness and cheer.
It's not about gifts or how much we spend,
But rather the love, that we mutually send.

Everywhere we see Christmas trees,
We go to church, and pray on our knees.
Give thanks to God, so that he may bless,
The entire family, and rid us of stress.

Christmas is a time for families to reflect,
A wonderful time for us to connect.
Enjoy the holidays, let's slow down,
Share some moments with the entire town.


Read More Christmas Poems.

Short Poem for Family

Here's a short poem that you may want to give to someone. As you can see, this is a acrostic poem about family. Acrostic meaning, the first letters on each line combine to form a vertical word. In this case it's "Thanks".


The most Wonderful family, genuinely admire,
Hearts of gold, you always inspire.
Always able to count on you guys,
Never let me down, and readily advise.
Kindly wish to show my appreciation,
Sweetest family in the nation.


Death in the Family Poems

Right now there are two death in the family poems that you may choose from. The first one may be shared with your family if there has been loss or someone recently deceased. While the second one may be given to another family that you know that is experiencing a loss and you would like to express your sympathy.

Family Mourns

Our family is mourning a loss that is deep,
Together we stand here, together we weep.
(name of deceased) was a person, unique and kind,
He/She will forever be on our mind.

We are saddened and angry, it's just not fair,
(name of deceased) had so much more, with the world to share.
For many years, together we'll grieve,
Why did he/she have to suddenly leave?

We all knew he/she had a beautiful heart,
Our special memories shall never depart.
It's important for us, our emotions release,
May (name of deceased) forever - Rest in Peace!


You could place the following poem inside a card of condolences and give it to the family at the funeral or at the viewing. I think it's a nice way of letting them know that you are also grieving with them.

Sincerest Sympathy

Our sincerest sympathy we'd like to share,
Thinking of you and your family, in our prayer.
We can't imagine, the loss that you're feeling,
With so much pain and sorrow, you must be dealing.

Nothing could ever change or replace,
We understand, right now you need space.
Our hearts are also, mourning with you,
We feel so sad, we feel so blue.

We can't help with sorrow cry,
If you need anything, please don't be shy.
We know you're strong, we know you'll cope,
Our dearest condolences along with our hope.


Family Tree Poems

This family tree poem talks about the benefits of researching and working on your own family tree. Personally, I've always been curious about my roots. So I'm really glad I managed to get some information about my family tree from my Grandmother before she passed away.

Family Tree

Everyone is curious about their family tree,
How many Aunts? Was it one or three?
There's just so much you could find,
You were living in the blind.

It's certainly great to know your roots,
For the holidays, you'll find recruits.
It's just really nice to know,
What your genetic pool will show.

If your family is real small,
You may need to make a call,
Ask around and grow your tree,
With this knowledge, you'll be free.


Funny Family Poem

Here's a funny one that I recommend you share with your family right now (or wait till family day). It also contains a few metaphors.

What is Family?

What is family without a dog?
That's like our Mayor without a blog.
You don't need to watch what you say,
If you require help, you won't have to pay.

A family can sometimes be a disease,
Insane migraine that smells like cheese.
I never knew what's the big deal?
A bunch of people that eat the same meal.

In the end, it's not that bad,
As long as Mom is not always mad.
The trick is to laugh and take this lightly,
If you need salt, just ask politely.


I hope you really enjoyed reading this collection of poems about family. Don't forget to share it with them, so that you may show them how important they are to you.

Here's a section that featuers a good variety of rhyming Grandfather Poems. Not too long ago, my grandfather brought me the oddest gift when he came over. He brought me several Filtrete smart filters for my furnace. I don't even think he bought them. I think he got them from someone else.

Don't forget to show your grandma how much you love her and care about her by sharing some of these Grandmother Poems with her.

If you have a sister that you love dearly, than you should definitely check out the following Poems for Sisters.

At the same time, let's not forget about Poems for Brothers.

We all know that our moms are very special ladies. You may want to share these mother poems with your wonderful mom or these father poems with your dad.

Most of us have at least a few cousins. Some of us have a lot of cousins. If you'd like you may read and share these cousin poems. Enjoy!

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Poems and verses for funerals

Poems and verses for funerals can bring comfort during such an upsetting and difficult time. Some poems can be uplifting, whilst others may be quite emotional or even funny. Here are some suggestions for anyone wishing to choose a moving poem or verse for their loved one’s funeral.

In this guide:

Popular funeral poems and verses

The following verses are among the most popular for a funeral. Similar to funeral songs and hymns, there are a number of poems and verses which are frequently chosen for funeral services.

Some of the most popular funeral poems include:

She Is Gone (He Is Gone)

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 will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that 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 is 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 would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

David Harkins

Remember Me

To the living, I am gone, 
To the sorrowful, I will never return, 
To the angry, I was cheated, 
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen. 
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard. 
So as you stand upon a shore gazing at a beautiful sea, 
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity, 
Remember me.
Remember me in your heart: 
Your thoughts, and your memories, 
Of the times we loved, 
The times we cried, 
The times we fought, 
The times we laughed. 
For if you always think of me, I will never have gone.

Margaret Mead

Don't Cry for Me

Don't cry for me now I have died, for I'm still here I'm by your side,
My body's gone but my soul is here, please don't shed another tear,
I am still here I'm all around, only my body lies in the ground.
I am the snowflake that kisses your nose,
I am the frost, that nips your toes.
I am the sun, bringing you light,
I am the star, shining so bright.
I am the rain, refreshing the earth,
I am the laughter, I am the mirth.
I am the bird, up in the sky,
I am the cloud, that's drifting by.
I am the thoughts, inside your head,
While I'm still there, I can't be dead.


Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

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 stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Mary Frye

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 for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we 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 plan
A step on the road to home. 
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss me, but let me go.

Christina Rossetti


Tear drops, slow and steady, The pain so real and true,
God took another angel, And that angel, dear, was you.
Angel wings, upon the clouds, Your body softly sleeps,
Hush now little angel, No more tears you have to weep.
Little prayers are sent to you, The short life you led;
Your family will never forget you, So rest your little head.
I know God will look after you, Now you are truly alive,
Your spirit soars beyond the moon, Your legacy will survive.
You’re beautiful, you’re endless, Now stretch your wings and fly,
You’re loved by so many, It will never be goodbye.
Close your pretty eyes, No more tears, just go and rest,
Let your soul lie peacefully, We know you did your best.


Come with me

God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So He put His arms around you
And whispered ‘Come with Me.’
With tearful eyes
We watched you suffer
And saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.
It’s lonesome here without you,
We miss you more each day,
Life doesn’t seem the same
Since you’ve gone away.
When days are sad and lonely
And everything goes wrong,
We seem to hear you whisper
‘Cheer up and carry on.’
Each time we see your picture,
You seem to smile and say
‘Don’t cry, I’m in God’s keeping
We’ll meet again someday.’
You never said ‘I’m leaving’,
You never said goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knew why.
A million times we needed you,
A million times we cried,
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still ,
In our hearts you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.

Rhonda Braswell

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Don’t think of her/him as gone away
Her/His journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets
This earth is only one.
Just think of her/him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.
Think how she/he must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.
And think of her/him as living
In the hearts of those she/he touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she/he was loved so much.


How Did They Live?

Not, how did they die, but how did they live?
Not, what did they gain, but what did they give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a person as a person, regardless of birth.
Not, what was their church, nor what was their creed?
But had they befriended those really in need?
Were they 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 they passed away?


Happy and funny funeral poems

A funeral poem or verse doesn’t necessarily have to be sad. There are a number of happy and funny funeral poems which can help celebrate the life of your loved one and comfort those left behind:


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.


All Is Well

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
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 effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.

Henry Scott Holland

Pardon Me for Not Getting Up

Oh dear, if you're reading this right now,
I must have given up the ghost.
I hope you can forgive me for being
Such a stiff and unwelcoming host.
Just talk amongst yourself my friends,
And share a toast or two.
For I am sure you will remember well
How I loved to drink with you.
Don't worry about mourning me,
I was never easy to offend.
Feel free to share a story at my expense
And we'll have a good laugh at the end.


I Am 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 undone must stay that way
I’ve found that peace at the close of the day.
If 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 for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savoured 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 share with me,
God wants me now, He set me free.

Shannon Lee Moseley

Short funeral poems

If you feel anxious about reading a long poem or want to keep the service as short as possible, you may wish to choose a short funeral poem which is still a touching tribute to your loved one and the life they have left behind. Here are a few short funeral poems:

If I Should Go Tomorrow

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.


A Song of Living

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
I have run and leaped with the rain,
I have taken the wind to my breast.
My cheek like a drowsy child
to the face of the earth I have pressed.
Because I have loved life,
I shall have no sorrow to die.

Amelia Josephine Burr

The Star

A light went out on Earth for me
The day we said goodbye
And on that day a star was born,
The brightest in the sky
Reaching through the darkness
With its rays of purest white
Lighting up the Heavens
As it once lit up my life
With beams of love to heal
The broken heart you left behind
Where always in my memory
Your lovely star will shine


Because I Love You So

Time will not dim the face I love,
The voice I heard each day,
The many things you did for me,
In your own special way.
All my life I’ll miss you,
As the years come and go,
But in my heart I’ll keep you,
Because I love you so.


Non-religious funeral poems

If your loved one didn’t have any religious beliefs, you may wish to choose a non-religious funeral poem or verse:

I’m There Inside Your Heart

Right now I’m in a different place
And though we seem apart
I’m closer than I ever was,
I’m there inside your heart.
I’m with you when you greet each day
And while the sun shines bright
I’m there to share the sunsets, too
I’m with you every night.
I’m with you when the times are good
To share a laugh or two,
And if a tear should start to fall
I’ll still be there for you.
And when that day arrives
That we no longer are apart,
I’ll smile and hold you close to me,
Forever in my heart.


To Those Whom I love & Those Who Love Me

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


One At Rest

Think of me as one at rest,
for me you should not weep
I have no pain no troubled thoughts
for I am just asleep
The living thinking me that was,
is now forever still
And life goes on without me now,
as time forever will.
If your heart is heavy now
because I've gone away
Dwell not long upon it friend
For none of us can stay

Those of you who liked me,
I sincerely thank you all
And those of you who loved me,
I thank you most of all.
And in my fleeting lifespan,
as time went rushing by
I found some time to hesitate,
to laugh, to love, to cry

Matters it now if time began
If time will ever cease?
I was here, I used it all,
and now I am at peace.


Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let airplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message "He is Dead",
Put Crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday-rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk , my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood,
For nothing now can ever come to any good

W. H. Auden

This book is written in different sections so that teachers can, if they wish, follow a These poems are good starting points as they have rhyme, rhythm, repetition.

Poems and verses for funerals

poems starting with i wish

Wedding poems

Wedding poems for the bride and groom

On your wedding day I send,
Some loving wishes as a friend.
Don't worry what the future brings,
Be sure it's full of happy things!
Bless the bride and groom this day,
From now until you're old and grey!
I wish your love would be just as endless
As the rings you exchange and wear,
A circle of real happiness
For both of you to share!
The day of your marriage, it's true
So shiny and fine,
With all best friends beside you
To have a great time.
We wish you showers of love
Starting your lives as one,
And happiness shared together
May reign over your lives forever!
Capture all the precious moments
And hold them in your heart,
Today you vow to each other
And make a brand new start!
A promise of wedding,
That two hearts truly make,
A vow to be forever loving,
To guide, to give and take!
Till the depth of sea gets dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt in the sun,
I will love you still, my dear,
While the sands of life shall run.
I wish you to share your lives together,
To build special plans forever,
Down the road walk side by side,
And smile to each other with pride!

Verses to write in wedding cards

Now the rite is duly done,
All the words were spoken,
And the spell has made you one
That may never be broken!
Have a happy wedding day,
Don't worry what to do or say.
The day is yours to love and share,
With joy and not a single care!
Words are not enough today,
When your love will show the way,
To a wedding joy never ending,
The warmest wishes I am sending!
You've waited for this moment
Since the days when you were small,
Throughout your life this just might be
The greatest day of all!
Don't write your names in the sky - the wind will blow them away,
Don't leave them in the sand - waves can wash them away.
But post the names in your hearts today,
And forever there they will safely stay.
When someone dries your tears,
When someone wins your heart.
Love has come and set you free,
A whole new life shall start!
Today is beginning of the rest of your life,
Together forever as husband and wife.
Your dreams will come true with love and much more,
Happiness to share and the world to explore!
I've never imagined that there can be a day,
A day when love will find its way.
Out of your heart and into his (her) soul,
These feelings you have are beyond control.
Congratulations on your wedding!

More rhymed wedding words

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