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6 Moving Poems to Read at a Memorial Service

Published: August 15, 2022
in Chadds Ford Township, PA funeral home

Are you attending a memorial service in a Chadds Ford Township, PA funeral home? Are you looking for words to help you express your feelings? We know it can be difficult finding the right words when you’re grieving, but poems can help.

Whether as part of the order of service or incorporated into a eulogy, poems have a soothing effect fit for funeral and memorial services. They can help you capture the story of a lifetime in a few lines.

Below are some poems for your consideration. We hope you find one that helps you say goodbye.

1. Epitaph On A Friend - Robert Burns

“An honest man here lies at rest, 

The friend of man, the friend of truth, 

The friend of age, and guide of youth: 

Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d, 

Few heads with knowledge so inform’d; 

If there’s another world, he lives in bliss; 

If there is none, he made the best of this.” 

2. Requiem - Robert Louis Stevenson

“Under the wide and starry sky

Dig the grave and let me lie:

Glad did I live and gladly die,

And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you’ grave for me:

Here he lies where he long’d to be; 

Home is the sailor, home from the sea, 

And the hunter home from the hill.”

3. Farewell - Anne Bronte

“Farewell to Thee! But not farewell 

To all my fondest thoughts of Thee; 

Within my heart they still shall dwell 

And they shall cheer and comfort me. 


Life seems more sweet that Thou didst live 

And men more true that Thou wert one; 

Nothing is lost that Thou didst give, 

Nothing destroyed that Thou hast done.”

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4. We let You Go - Ruth Burgess

“Into the freedom of wind and sunshine 

We let you go 

Into the dance of the stars and the planets 

We let you go 

Into the wind’s breath and the hands of the star maker 

We let you go 

We love you, we miss you, we want you to be happy 

Go safely, go dancing, go running home.”

5. You’ve Just Walked on Ahead of Me - Joyce Grenfell

“And I’ve got to understand 

You must release the ones you love 

And let go of their hand. 

I try and cope the best I can 

But I’m missing you so much 

If I could only see you 

And once more feel your touch. 

Yes, you’ve just walked on ahead of me 

Don’t worry I’ll be fine 

But now and then I swear I feel 

Your hand slip into mine.”

6. She is gone - David Harkins

“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.”

These poems work for any loved one. So feel free to change the pronouns as appropriate.

Let us know if you need help incorporating these poems into your memorial service. Contact us if you need a funeral home in Chadds Ford Township, PA, for general memorial service planning. You can call us now or visit us here.

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