If you are planning out a funeral for a loved one or preplanning your own funeral, it is important remember that many ceremonies have passages which are read between the eulogies and perhaps even at the gravesite. Many modern funerals opt for the use of poetry over more traditional prayers. Here are some of the top funeral poems that you could consider for planning a funeral for a loved one or preplanning your own funeral:
Paul Irion’s “A Death Has occurred”
This poem from Paul Irion is one of the more popular homes for the opening of a memorial service or funeral. The poem acknowledges the death of a person as well as the immense pain of all of the survivors. This poem is an excellent way to set the tone of the funeral moving forward.
David Chadwick “Promises”
Promises is another excellent poem that could be used as an interlude as well as to set the tone of a memorial moving forward. The idea of promises is particularly an appropriate home for anyone who has died suddenly of an illness or an accident. The poem allows for the use of the a person's name in the third line towards the bottom of the page. It expresses both the joy of life as well as the sudden sadness brought on by an accidental death.
The Beatles “In my Life”
A new and popular choice for many modern funerals is to take song lyrics and to read them aloud as spoken word or poems. A very popular song to do this with is the Beatles song, in my life. This song isn't just about reminiscing and nostalgia but showing a deep love for someone in the past.
No matter which poems you decide, if you can find a passage that expresses the deep meaning of what you might be feeling at a funeral service, you should be encouraged to read it as part of the service.
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