Funeral Poems, Verses and Thank You Wording
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- He/She is Gone
You can shed tears that he/she is gone
or you can smile because he/she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he/she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all he/she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him/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 him/her and only that he/she’s gone
or you can cherish him/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 he/she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
(by David Harkins)
- Your Mother is always with you.
She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of certain foods you remember,
the flowers you buy and the perfume that she wore.
She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well,
she's your breath in the air on a cold winters day.
She's the sound of the rain that loves you to sleep,
the colors of a rainbow, she's Christmas morning.
Your Mother lives inside your laughter
and she's crystallised in every tear drop.
A Mother shows every emotion …
happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger,
helplessness, excitement, joy and sorrow.
And all the while,
hoping and praying
you will only know the good things in life.
She's the place you came from, your first home,
and she's the map you follow with every step you take.
She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy,
but nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time, not space and not even death.
- I wish you quiet sleep,
dreams of meadows deep in flowers and grass,
of oceans calm and flecked with silver,
of islands hushed by gentle waves
of countries of your own invention
of easy talk with friends
of roads leading to a reunion
of sorrow comforted
of hope restored.
- What is it to die
But to stand naked in the wind
And to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing
But to free the breath from it's restless tides,
that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top,
then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs
then shall you truly dance.
(by Kahlil Gibran)
- 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 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.
- Two Ships Sailed
In a harbour, two ships sailed,
One setting forth on a voyage
The other coming home to port
Everyone cheered the ship going out
But the ship sailing in was scarcely noticed
To this the wise man replied:
"Do not rejoice over the ship setting out to sea,
For you cannot know what terrible storms it may have to endure.
Rejoice rather, over the ship that has safely reached port,
And bring its passengers home in peace.
And this is the way of the world.
When a child is born, all rejoice
When someone dies, all weep.
We should do the opposite.
For no one can tell what trials and tribulations
awaits the newborn child,
But when a mortal dies in peace, we should rejoice.
For he has completed a long journey
And there is no greater joy than to leave this world
With the imperishable crown of a good name."
Henry David Thoreau)
- 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 now asleep.
The living thinking me that was
Is now forever still
And life goes on without me
As time forever will.
If your heart is heavy now
Because I've gone away
Dwell not long upon it friends
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 life span
As time went rushing by
I found some time to hesitate
To laugh, to love to cry.
Matters it not if time began
If time will ever cease?
I was here, I used it all
And now I am at peace.
The best tribute we can pay to a loved one when a loved one dies,
is to honestly remember him for the person he was.
This is to say about him,
yes you were your own person,
you were unique.
How you chose to live your life was not without consequence.
You made a difference to your family and your friends.
(by Edward Searl)
- I Fall Asleep
I fall asleep in the full and certain hope
That my slumber shall not be broken
And that though I be all forgetting
Yet shall I not be all forgotten
But continue that life
In the thoughts and deeds of those I loved.
(by Samuel Butler)
- Keats Last Sonnet
Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature's patient sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priest-like task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still steadfast still unchangeable,
Pillowed upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear him/her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.
- God's Garden Must Be Beautiful
God saw you getting tired
When a cure was not to be
So He wrapped His arms around you
And whispered, "Come to Me"
You didn't deserve what you went through
So He gave you rest
God's garden must be beautiful
He only picks the best
And when I saw you sleeping
So peaceful and free from pain
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again
- Miss Me, But 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 too long,
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that was once shared.
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the master’s plan, a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know.
Bear your sorrow in good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.
- No Person is Ever Truly Alone
No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did
And who they were
Becomes a part of all that we are,
(by Richard Fife)
- I Did Not Die
Do not stand at my grave and forever 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 forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.
(by Melinda Sue Pacho)
- An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene , he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life, that there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him, and he questioned the Lord about it. " Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed you most you would leave me".
The Lord replied " My Son, My precious child. I Love You, and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you".
- I'm Free
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 His call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found the peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
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.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee.
God wanted me now,
He set me free.
- Gone from our lives, but never from our hearts.
- Your memory will live in the hearts of those who loved you.
- Say not in grief 'he is no more'
but live in thankfulness that he was.
- They stay in our lives for a while,
leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never, ever the same.
- Loving memories of days together,
hold memories that last forever.
- In our hearts he/she will always be,
cherished and loved in our memory.
- Let us live in such a way that when we die
our love will survive and continue to grow.
- He is like the wind.
You can not see him...
but you will always feel him near.
- Life is eternal, love is immortal
and death is only the horizon,
and the horizon is nothing
save the limit of our sight.
- Gone yet not forgotten.
Although we are apart,
your spirit lives within us,
forever in our hearts.
- Life is mostly froth and bubble.
Two things stand like stone -
kindness in another's trouble and Courage in your own.
- lf love could have saved you,
you would have lived forever.
- 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.
- Perhaps my time seemed all too brief -
don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
- If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
- Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR FUNERALS
- The best portion of a good man's life is the little,
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
- I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long.
If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
AA Milne, from Winnie the Pooh
- How lucky I am to have something
that makes saying goodbye so hard.
AA Milne, from Winnie the Pooh
- The song is ended, but the melody lingers on...
- “The secret to staying young is to live honestly,
eat slowly, and lie about your age.”
- A fool.... is a man who never tried an experiment in his life.
- We make a living by what we get;
we make a life by what we give.
- Your end, which is endless,
is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.
- What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Life and death are but phases of the same thing,
the reverse and obverse of the same coin.
Death is as necessary for man's growth as life itself.
- It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.
- What the caterpillar perceives is the end;
to the butterfly is just the beginning.
Everything that has a beginning has an ending.
Make your peace with that and all will be well.
- It's the circle of life, and it moves us all,
through despair and hope,
through faith and love,
'till we find our place,
on the path unwinding.
From The Lion King
- Death leaves a heartache no-one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no-one can steal
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 too long,
And not with your head bowed low,
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me – but let me go.
- For this is a journey that we all must take,
And each must go alone,
It's all part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road home.
- When you are lonely, and sick of heart,
Go to friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me – but let me go.
- We do not have to rely upon memories
to recapture the spirit of those we have loved and lost.
They live within our souls in some perfect sanctuary
which even death cannot destroy.
- The one we held most dear
will never truly leave us.
He will live on in the kindness he showed,
the comfort he shared
and the love he brought into the lives of others.
- Those we love are never truly gone.
They live in treasured memories
in the hearts of those whose lives they touched
and shared along the way.
- One thing I do know for certain
is that we never lose the people we love, even to death.
They continue to participate in every act,
thought and decision we make.
Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.
We find comfort in knowing
that our lives have been enriched
by having shared their love.
- I shall pass through this world but once
any good thing that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show,
to any human being,
let me do it now, and not deter it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- I think she intended to show me
the world is not a place but the vastness of soul.
And the soul is nothing more than love,
limitless, endless, all that moves us
toward knowing what is true.
I once thought love was supposed to be nothing but bliss.
I now know it is also worry and grief, hope and trust.
And believing in ghosts – that’s believing that love never dies.
If people we love die, then they are lost
only to our ordinary senses.
If we remember, we can find them anytime
with our hundred secret senses.
Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses.
SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS VERSES and PRAYERS
- God grant me the serenity,
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference. (Serenity Prayer)
- Until we meet again, may God hold you
in the palm of his hand. (Irish Blessing)
- I will never forget you my people. I have carved you on the palm of my hand (Isaiah 49)
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23)
- I have fought the good fight to the end, I have run the race to the finish. (2 Timothy)
- Eternal rest grant unto him/her Oh Lord,
May perpetual light shine upon him/her,
May he/she rest in peace. Amen
- And may Christ our Lord who has called you
receive you into His open arms.
- May the angels lead you into Paradise and welcome you home.
- God has (name) in His hands, we have him in our hearts.
- Death is but a stepping stone – to the glory of His presence.
- What the caterpillar perceives is the end,
to the butterfly is just the beginning. (Buddhist saying)
- He/she is with God.
He/she will remain in our hearts forever.
- Always in our hearts, although at rest in God's care.
- Though the voice is quiet, the spirit echoes still.
- His life a beautiful memory,
his passing a silent grief.
God will link the broken chain,
closer when we meet again.
FUNERAL THANK YOU VERSES
- Our family wishes to thank you most sincerely for your prayers, support and loving expressions of sympathy conveyed to us in so many ways since our sad loss.
- We wish to thank you so much for all the love and support you have shown us during this time. You have been such a great help in so many ways. We're unable to express in words how grateful we are, and how much your friendship has helped. The kindness that you have shown to us will never be forgotten.
- We deeply appreciate your expressions
of sympathy for our beloved
Our hearts were touched by your prayers, thoughtfulness, love and support. [family names]
- Life brings tears, smiles and memories: the tears dry, the smile fades, but the memories live on forever. Thank you sincerely for sharing our sorrow. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated and will always be remembered. With love from [family names].
- We are deeply grateful for all the support, love and sympathy received in so many ways since [NAME] passed away.
We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness.
- We sincerely thank you for your comforting expressions of sympathy, love and support at the passing of our beloved wife/husband, mother/father and grandmother/grandfather [NAME]
We deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness at this sad time.
She/He will be forever remembered.
- Thank you most sincerely for your kindness and expressions of sympathy. God has him in His keeping. We have him in our hearts.
- Our family sincerely thank all those who have shared in our deep sorrow.
- Our family thank all those who through expressions of sympathy, prayers and flowers have shared in our grief.
- [FAMILY NAMES] wish to thank everyone for their love and support.
- Thank you for your kind thoughts.
Your expressions of sympathy and support
have given us much comfort at this sad time. [Name] Family.
- In asking you to accept this memento, our family wishes to thank you for your words of comfort, prayers and flowers for the departure of our beloved [NAME].
- We wish to thank you for the heartfelt and comforting expressions of sympathy extended to us for the loss of our beloved [NAME]. Your thoughts are deeply appreciated and we shall cherish them forever.
- The family of [NAME] sincerely thank all those who
with their love and sympathy have shared in their grief.
Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral spray, if so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words as any friend would say.
Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so very much.
- [NAME'S] family would like to thank our relatives and friends for your presence, support and prayers during this sad time. Your kindness has been appreciated and we take comfort in the thought that he/she would have enjoyed the final step of his/her journey celebrated with love, tears, memories and laughter.
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