Funeral poetry

Are you looking for a verse or poem to read at a funeral? Maybe you would like to pay tribute to Mum or Dad with a funeral poem? Below we have collected some of the best poems for funerals.

There are many beautiful pieces of poetry, readings and verse that can enhance a funeral service or ceremony whether it is religious or non-religious.

The upper section lists poems and readings for humanist or non-religious funerals. The lower section of this page has religious readings. Other more contemporary writers and poets that you might want to consider are Philip Larkin, Margaret Hansford and Cecil Day Lewis.

We cannot include newer poetry because of copyright.

Poems and readings for humanist or non-religious funerals.

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Death Is Nothing At All


We Remember Him (We Remember Her)

Parable On Immortality

She Is Gone (He Is Gone)

Let Me Go


Our memories build a special bridge

There is no night without a dawning

You’ve just walked on ahead of me

If I should die before the rest of you

When I am dead, my dearest,

At every turning of my life

Not, how did he die, but how did he live?

I carry your heart with me (i carry it in. my heart)

What though the radiance which was once so bright

A Reflection on an Autumn Day

Footprints on the sands of time

Readings With Faith

You would know the secret of death

We seem to give them back to Thee

A ship sails and I stand watching

Irish Blessing

Tis only we who grieve

When we lose a loved one

Responses for a burial

Responses for a Cremation

God looked around his garden