These Poems for a Funeral Service are for the grieving, in all the
forms it takes for a release process to begin. The sadness, the anguish
and fears for the future throughout this unbearable pain but also for
the memories to be strengthened whilst your loved one has slipped into
the next world. These are for your use for non commercial purpose free
and adaptation to suit the loved one!
I've never imagined being without you
And now this day has come;
When we must part and go our ways
But our love is not undone.
Till death us do part are vows
That got said many years ago;
But our souls were joined forever
So close only you and I know!
I will always have you in my heart
Your body just could not cope;
So Bye Bye my lover and my friend
We'll meet again I know!
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.
This world is not conclusion;
A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
But positive, as sound.
Loving you is easy,
We do it every day,
Missing you is a heartache,
That never goes away.
His charming ways and smiling face,
Are a pleasure to recall,
He had a kindly word for each,
And died beloved by all.
No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God can tell us why.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone,
For part of me went with you,
The day God called you home.
AN AMUSING FUNERAL POEM WRITTEN ANONYMOUSLY BUT ADAPTED
BY A VERY DEAR FRIEND OF MINE
Miss me, but let me go-go
Now I've 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 ?
I want everyone to enjoy the day
And partake of a nibble or three
Indulging in sociable banter
But you must talk about me!
But not for too long, and certainly not
With your head bowed low
Remember the good times that we shared
Miss me, but let me go!
But don't let me go as you're leaving the Crem
Remember who's funding this 'do'
Keep saying nice things about me
At least till you've supped one or few
I'm now on a journey we all must take
And each must go it alone
It's all a part of the Big Yin's plan
A step on the road to home
(Margaret) if you start to feel lonely
Spend time with the friends that we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me, but let me go
And as the curtains, slowly, close today
All stand firm, and steady
And imagine me saying, with a smile on my face
"I'm missing you lot already"
But only for an hour or two
Certainly no more than, say, seven
You know, it won't take me very long
To settle in to the (golf), in Heaven
Goodbye, farewell, dear friends, all
And enjoy the afternoon
I'll see you, when I see you
But let it not be, too soon!!
Originally by Anon but adapted by Jon Bratton 2010,
for his own funeral.
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other
That we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
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 effort,
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am
Out of sight? I am but waiting for you
For an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner .
All is well.
Canon Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
God grant us serenity to accept
Things we can not change;
Courage to change the things we can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
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