Funeral Reading Poems

Finding the right words to convey your feelings about a loved one can be difficult. Including a personalised poem at your loved ones’ funeral or memorial service, can add a down-to-earth touch to the formal proceedings and enable you to say what you would like to say, in a structured yet heartfelt and personal way. x

ZARA
You were candles and fairy lights,
Summer days and star-filled nights.
A gentle, deep-thinking soul,
With a heart of gold and a nurse’s role.
You loved the grass’ scent after the rains,
Wander for hours along coastal lanes.
The countries you’ve seen – too many to list,
The people you’ve touched – you’re so missed.
My free-spirited sister; often contrary,
I envisage now as a beautiful sea-fairy.
For top of the places you loved the most,
Were the rugged cliffs of our Jurassic Coast.
And so when the waters shimmer emerald green,
I’ll hope to glimpse our mermaid-queen.
Zara, you mean the world to us all…to me,
Dive beneath the waves, happy and free.
For our Grandad  
Grandad; though we may be apart for a while,
You’ve left so many memories to make us smile.
Remember taking Tom to his first footie match?
And the veggies grown on your prize-winning patch?
You were always on hand to help fix our shelves,
Mow the garden, or step-in as one of Santa’s Elves!
You taught us to get the most out of each day,
And always did things in your own special way.
A fixer, a doer and an old-fashioned gent,
We want you to know how much your life meant.
Grandad, you taught us to hold true to our beliefs,
And you’ll always be our inspiration and chief.
Our Rose
A talent for art and a chest full of hats,
A beautiful soul and a house full of cats.
An idealist and a teacher, adored by us all,
One of life’s helpers (and cherished by Paul).  
We’ll remember your stories about Italy,
And picture you al fresco with a sunset G&T.
We’ll learn from the way you went to great length,
To lend those in need, some of your strength.  
For Rose, you truly knew life’s worth,
And tell us, ‘Don’t wait: make heaven on earth!’
For despite the challenges life sent your way,
You advocated love, kindness…and holidays.  
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