The word, “commemorate” literally means, “to remember together.” When people commemorate something, they are literally coming together to remember something that they have in common. This is what a funeral is. It is a group of people coming together to remember someone who has passed away.
This is why people are asked to “say a few words” at a funeral. People want to hear from someone who was close to the person who is deceased. This person is usually someone who was very close to the person who is being remembered, and is being asked to take a lead role in the commemoration of the person’s life. Because, it really is the person’s life that is being remembered at a funeral ceremony. This is where good poems for a funeral can come in handy. We always don’t know what words we want to say. A good poem speaks to us and how we are feeling about the person being remembered and can provoke the same feelings in those listening to the speaker. Poetry has another place at a funeral.
Many appropriate poems for a funeral are in the public domain and accessible on many sites. One site is Lastingpost.com, which includes many reading both in verse and in prose. Many of these poems for a funeral put the emphasis on life, which is what the event is all about. People want to remember the life they shared with the person. Let’s reflect on the words of Amelia Burr and her A Song of the Living:
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast.
My cheeks like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.
These are the types of words that people need and want to hear in poems for a funeral. They want the emphasis to be on life and not be on death.
She is Gone
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
These are words echoed in Away by James Whitcomb Riley:
I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
She has wandered into an unknown land;
These are the types of words that can help people “remember together” the life of the person being honored and can help people share in their ceremony of remembering. They are words that can help comfort and reflect on the life that all are coming together to pay tribute to. Words can help us remember important time and we can find the best poems for a funeral online.