A few recent deaths in the family san diego hills karawang me searching the web trying to locate a appropriate eulogy or funeral poem. However, most of the were quite long, and filled with flowery, unnatural language. A few of the pieces I came across were written decades back, and contained terms or expressions no longer used in modern English. The majority of the poetry didn't have got quite the sentiment I was trying to find.
Some excellent contemporary poetry was copyrighted, and I couldn't pinpoint a method to contact the author for permission to use their work.
I ended up writing my own poem for the memorial services. Luckily, it was a 'Celebration of Life' held several weeks after the death of my relatives, so I was able to take my time.
Unfortunately, most are held in a few days of a loved one's passing. Add to that the fact that people are suffering through a grieving process - and our poetic muses seem to hide apart in the deep, dark recesses of our minds.
Last week I was considering this. If I had problems finding a poem, others would be sure to really have the same problem.
Here are a couple of poems that may be used for a funeral or memorial assistance. In both poems, you might exchange 'he', 'his', etc. for 'she', or 'her' where appropriate. You may even want to add a specific reference to the person's name in the name and/or text message of the poem.
For example: 'He is Waiting' could possibly be changed to 'Harold is Waiting'; or 'He's around right now' to 'Harold's with us right now' ... etc.
If you publish these poems (or the complete article) on your website, please be sure to include the byline, copyright notice, and links. If you are using among the poems for a memorial service or funeral, please consist of my byline.
Eulogy - Funeral Poem #1 1:
I'll Join Him Someday
I haven't been there yet - but I'm leaving someday,
To join my cherished one - he's not far away.
Can you feel his presence? his warmth? his love?
He's with us at this time - looking down from above,
Watching and waiting around - as we grieve and cry,
Trying in comfort - with a gentle sigh.
Do not weep for him - he's with the Lord,
Protected from Satan - with just one single word:
By Kathy Steinemann
Eulogy - Funeral Poem Number 2 2:
His encounter was wrinkled, his locks white as snow,
His body was tired of this world here below.
He waited patiently to hear God's call.
When it came, he was prepared, and surrendered all -
To be with this Savior, in His loving treatment -
To join family and friends and with them share
The Lord's boundless like and endless grace;
He is with Jesus right now in His warm embrace;
He waits again patiently - for you and me,
Till we leave this Earth, finally free,
To meet him again and share his delight,
As we enter the town that has no night.