Choosing a Funeral Poem
The right quotation, poem, or passage can add tremendous meaning
to the memorial service and the memories evoked there. Few people
are professional writers and fewer still are poets. Finding the
right words at a time of loss can be very difficult.
The most sincere and true words will come directly from those
closest to the honoree and are remembered by friends and family. If
someone had a frequent pet phrase or is known for an inspirational
saying, those quotations will ring the truest and should be
featured. Capturing the stories ahead of time, even as the family
gathers, is key.
If you don't have any personal quotations or original writing,
look to literature for a quotation, poem or passage that captures
the essence of the honoree's character and touches on at least one
of these themes:
- A reflection of what the honoree would say to those attending
- A description of a particular characteristic of the
- A reflection of what those in attendance would say to the
If there is a special meaning or personal story attached to a
passage or poem, be sure to mention it during the service -
especially if it was selected by the honoree.
You can also post favorite passages and poetry in your honoree's