Making Funeral Poems Part of a
By Thomas Alan Lampsen
Paying tribute to a loved one is an important part of a
funeral or memorial service. Moreover, sharing our
memorable thoughts is an important part of the grieving
process. It is never easy to lose someone to
death--whether expected or suddenly--but, personal
expression often comforts the family, and the presenter.
Funeral poems can play a key role in the process.
When presenting poetry at a funeral or memorial service,
appropriateness is important. One must consider those
affected most by the loss, and ensure the words would
properly characterize the beloved. Poetry is generally,
in addition to the Eulogy, obituary and other standard
formalities of a funeral ceremony. Poetry is appropriate
to read at any point in the funeral. It adds an element
to the service that sets a tone. Poetry offers uplifting
thoughts and can leave people with hope.
There are several options available when looking for
poetry to recite at a funeral service. An individual may
write their own poem; still others will choose from the
more commonly used poems for this purpose. Because of
the range of emotions involved in bereavement and loss,
pre-written poetry is often the choice of individuals.
Aside from emotions, familiar poetry rings true to
people as something identifiable. After losing someone
dear, for a brief period of time, identifiable lines of
personal lives can seem distorted or non-existent. When
bringing recognized words to the bereaved, they are
often able to identify clear delineations and
Sometimes people place the writings in the casket as an
act symbolizing "letting go". Yet other times, the poem
is presented to a partner, or other members of the
family as a memorial.
Thomas Alan Lampsen maintains Funeral Poems and
Eulogies, where you can find wonderful funeral poems and
You can find the right words. Visit Thomas' website for
free funeral poems and resources to help you create a