Choosing a Poem For a Funeral Or
By Thomas Alan Lampsen
There are many reasons one may select a poem or reading
for a funeral or memorial service. A particular piece of
poetry may be picked to invoke special memories of the
deceased, or to honor loved ones. The reading may have
been a favorite of the one who has passed on. Whatever
the reason, verse helps communicate emotions about the
individual, their life and personal thoughts of those
left behind. When you find the right poem for a funeral,
it can help to create a wonderful memorial.
There exists a great deal of popular poetry and readings
appropriate for memorializing a loved one. In the days
and weeks following the death of a loved one, life can
be topsy-turvy, and poetry can help make sense of the
loss. Further, family and friends want something to
hold-on to that is specific to the person who has passed
away. Poetry allows this to take place. When hearing the
words, they can remember the fond moments of the life
Choosing the right poem is vital. The funeral poem
should reflect the person's personality and life. Often
poems are selected because they sound nice, yet they do
not accurately depict the deceased's individuality.
Relevance is important in order for people to make a
connection. For example, if the deceased was an artist
and a poem about hunting was chosen, a common thread
speaking to the decedent's life would not exist.
Involve other friends and family when choosing verse.
This assists with the grief process and ensures the
words capture the person. Moreover, go beyond
discovering just one poem for a funeral. Select at least
two poems if one is to be read, in the event changes
must be made.
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