Popular Poems & Prayers

Finding the perfect prayer or poem that is reminiscent of your loved one is a very personal choice. Browse our library of popular funeral prayers and poems, both religious and secular, to find favorite poems and prayers symbolic of your loved one.

Memorial Prayers and Poems

Prayers

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.

Thou only art immortal, who hast created and fashioned man. For out of the earth were we mortals made, and unto the earth shall we return again, as Thou didst command when Thou madest man, saying unto me:

For earth thou art, and unto the earth shall thou return. Whether, also, all we mortals wend our way, making of our funeral dirge the song:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Psalm 23: Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still water.

He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Prayer Of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

The Lords Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
for ever and ever.
Amen

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God
whenever flames may rage,
give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.

Help me to embrace a little child
before it’s too late,
or some older person
from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert
and hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me,
to guard my neighbor
and protect his property.

and if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rain fall softly upon your fields until we meet again,
And may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.

Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr

God Be In My Head

God be in my head,
and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes,
and in my looking;
God be in my mouth,
and in my speaking;
God be in my heart,
and in my thinking;
God be at my end,
and at my departing.
Amen.

Fisherman’s Prayer

I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord’s great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.

Living God

Living God, you have lit the day with the sun’s light

A Prayer For The Dead

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer for A Happy Death

O God, great and omnipotent judge of the living and the dead, we are to appear before you after this short life to render an account of our works.

Give us the grace to prepare for our last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. Let us remember our frailty and mortality, that we may always live in the ways of your commandments.

Teach us to “watch and pray” (Lk 21:36), that when your summons comes for our departure from this world, we may go forth to meet you, experience a merciful judgment, and rejoice in everlasting happiness.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

God Our Father

God our Father,
we thank you that you have made each of us
in your own image,
and given us gifts and talents with which to serve you.
We thank you for (Name),
the years we shared with (him/her),
the good we saw in (him/her),
the love we received from (him/her).
Now give us strength and courage
to leave (him/her) in your care,
confident in your promise of eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Prayer for All Needs

We beg you, Lord, to help and defend us. Deliver the oppressed.
Pity the insignificant. Raise the fallen. Show yourself to the needy.
Heal the sick. Bring back those of your people who have gone astray.
Feed the hungry. Lift up the weak. Take off the prisoners’ chains.
May every nation come to know that you alone are God,
that Jesus is your Child, that we are your people,
the sheep that you pasture. Amen.

We Pray For Those Who Mourn

Lord, we pray for those who mourn,
for parents and children,
friends and neighbors.
Be gentle with them in their grief.
Show them the depths of your love,
a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven.
Spare them the torment of guilt and despair.
Be with them as they weep beside the empty tomb
of our risen Saviour,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle
in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they
shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct
the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit
we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Lord Of All We Praise You

Lord of all, we praise you for all who have entered into their rest and reached the promised land where you are seen face to face.

Give us grace to follow in their footsteps as they followed in the way of your Son.

Thank you for the memory of those you have called to yourself: by each memory, turn our hearts from things seen to things unseen, and lead us till we come to the eternal rest you have prepared for your people, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Heavenly Father

Heavenly Father,
you have not made us for darkness and death,
but for life with you forever.
Without you we have nothing to hope for;
with you we have nothing to fear.
Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
Lift us from anxiety and guilt
to the light and peace of your presence,
and set the glory of your love before us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Soul Of Christ, Sanctify Me

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, refresh me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Let me never be separated from you.
From the power of darkness defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you,
that with your saints I may praise you
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Gracious God Surround Us

Gracious God,
surround us and all who mourn this day
with your continuing compassion.
Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
or turn them against you.
When grief seems never-ending,
take them one step at a time
along your road of death and resurrection
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Prayer for Deceased Mother or Father

O God, Who has commanded us to honour our
(father, mother) have compassion in Thy mercy,
on the souls of my (father, mother); forgive them
their sins, and grant that I may see them in the joy
of eternal brightness. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Father Of All Mercies

Father of all mercies and God of all consolation,
you pursue us with untiring love
and dispel the shadow of death
with the bright dawn of life.
Give courage to this family in their loss and sorrow.
Be their refuge and strength, O Lord,
reassure them of your continuing love
and lift them from the depths of grief
into the peace and light of your presence.
Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
by dying has destroyed our death,
and by rising, restored our life.
Your Holy Spirit, our comforter,
speaks for us in groans too deep for words.
Come alongside your people,
remind them of your eternal presence
and give them your comfort and strength.
Amen.

Almighty God

Almighty God,
you love everything you have made
and judge us with infinite mercy and justice.
We rejoice in your promises of pardon, joy and peace
to all those who love you.
In your mercy turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,
and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who died, rose again, and lives for evermore.
Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy
hear and answer me.
Amen.

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Amen

Almighty God, In Your Great Love

Almighty God, in your great love
you crafted us by your hand
and breathed life into us by your Spirit.
Although we became a rebellious people,
you did not abandon us to our sin.
In your tender mercy
you sent your Son
to restore in us your image.
In obedience to your will
he gave up his life for us,
bearing in his body our sins on the cross.
By your mighty power
you raised him from the grave
and exalted him to the throne of glory.
Rejoicing in his victory
and trusting in your promise
to make alive all who turn to Christ,
we commend (Name) to your mercy
and we join with all your faithful people
and the whole company of heaven
in the one unending song of praise:
glory and wisdom and honor
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Eternal God And Father

Eternal God and Father,
we praise you that you have made people
to share life together
and to reflect your glory in the world.
We thank you now for (Name),
for all that we saw of your goodness and love in his/her life
and for all that he/she means to each one of us.
As we too journey towards death
may we do so in the company of Jesus,
who came to share our life
that we might share the life of eternity.
To him be glory with you and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Lord God Creator Of All

Lord God, creator of all,
you have made us creatures of this earth
but have also promised us a share in life eternal:
receive our thanks and praise
that, through the passion and death of Christ,
your (child, our brother/sister, etc)
whom we commend into your hands today,
shares with your saints in the joy of heaven,
where there is neither sorrow nor pain
but life everlasting.
Alleluia.
Amen.

Father In Heaven

Father in heaven, we praise your name
for all who have finished this life loving and trusting you,
for the example of their lives,
the life and grace you gave them,
and the peace in which they rest.
We praise you today for your servant (Name)
and for all that you did through him/her.
Meet us in our sadness
and fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving,
for the sake of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

The Death Of Someone We Love

The death of someone we love and care about
Is like the death of part of us.
No one else will ever call out from within us
Quite the same responses, the same feelings or actions or ideas.
Their death is an ending of one part of a story.
Lord as we look back over (Name’s) life
We ask what we have received, what we can appropriate
And continue on in our own lives and what must be laid to rest.
Our love for (his/her) reminds us that our sharing
In one another’s lives brings both support and pain.
Our being parted from (him/her) reminds us of our own mortality
And that your love is enduring.
We thank you that our love for (Name) draws us together
And gives us a new appreciation of one another
And of the beauty and fragility of relationships
Which mirror your grace and goodness to us.
Lord, time’s tide may wash (his/her) footprints from the shore
But not our love for (him/her) nor the influence of (his/her) life upon our own
Nor the ways in which they will ever be a sign for us
Of those things which really matter-which are eternal.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Merciful Father And Lord Of All Life

Merciful Father and Lord of all life,
we praise you that we are made in your image
and reflect your truth and light.
We thank you for the life of your child (Name),
for the love (he/she) received from you
and showed among us.
Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise
to all your servants, living and departed,
that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ.
And we ask that in due time
we may share with our (brother/sister) that clearer vision,
when we shall see your face in the same Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessed Be The God And Father

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us all with the gift of this earthly life
and has given to (Name), (his/her) span of years and gifts of character.
God our Father, we thank you now for all (his/her) life,
for every memory of love and joy,
for every good deed done by (him/her)
and every sorrow shared with us.
We thank you for (his/her) life and for (his/her death,
we thank you for the rest in Christ he/she now enjoys,
we thank you for giving him/her to us,
we thank you for the glory we shall share together.
Hear our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Father You Know Our Hearts

Father, you know our hearts and share our sorrows.
We are hurt by our parting from (Name) whom we loved:
when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,
when we long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to truer living,
our affliction to firmer hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Poems

Broken Chain
We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same;
but as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

A Light from Our Household
(Father, Mother, Sister, Brother, etc.)
A light from our household is gone
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God gave us a beautiful father –
A father who never grew old
You were always there with a helping hand
Help us now to accept His plan.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore
As time goes by, we miss you more
Your loving smile, your gentle face
No one can take our “father’s place”.
May the Choirs of Angels receive you and may
you have rest and peace everlasting. Amen.
Should You Go First
Should you go first and I remain,
to walk the road alone,
I’ll live in memories garden, dear,
with happy days we’ve known.
In spring I’ll wait for roses red,
when faded, the lilacs blue.
In early fall when brown leaves fall,
I’ll catch a glimpse of you.
I’ll hear your voice, I’ll see your
smile, tho blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand
will buoy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain,
one thing I’ll have you do:
Walk slowly down that long long
path, for soon I’ll follow you.
I want to know each step you take,
So I may take the same.
For someday down that lonely road,
you’ll hear me call your name.
A Precious One From Us Has Gone
A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon his love had given
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in Heaven.
You Never Said Goodbye
You never said “I’m leaving”
You never said goodbye
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why.

A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried,
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.

In Life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still,
In my heart you hold a place
That no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.

God’s Garden
God looked around His garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
Love Lives On
Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one’s gone.
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
for as long as there is memory,
they’ll live on in the heart.
After Glow
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve
to dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.
A Bouquet of Beautiful Memories
A bouquet of beautiful memories,
sprayed with a million tears,
wishing God could have
spared you, if just for a few more years.
It does not take a special day,
for us to think of you,
each Mass we hear,
each prayer we say,
is offered up for you.
We cannot bring the old days back,
when we were all together,
our family chain is broken now,
but memories live forever.
God Saw You Getting Tired
God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be,
so he put his arms around you,
and whispered “Come to me”.

With tearful eyes we watched you,
and saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

Gone but Not Forgotten
(Father/Mother)We sat beside your bedside,
Our hearts were crushed and sore;
We did our best to the end,
‘Til we could do no more.
In tears we watched you sinking,
We watched you fade away;
And though our hearts were breaking,
We knew you could not stay.
You left behind some aching hearts,
That loved you most sincere;
We never shall and never will
Forget you Mother [Father] dear.
I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free;
I took His hand when I
heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
If my parting has left a void;
Then fill it with remembered joy.
My life’s been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times,
a loved one’s touch.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me;
God wanted me now,
He set me free.
Weep Not For Me
Weep not for me though I am gone;
Into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will but not for long,
Upon my soul’s sweet flight.
I am at peace,
My soul’s at rest.
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was blessed;
For all those many years.
There is no pain,
I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts.
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath;
Remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life.
Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little, but not too long,
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we
once shared,
Miss me but let me go.
For this journey we all must take,
and each must go alone.
It’s all part of the Master plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing
good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.
When God Gave You to Me
When God gave you to me
He never said that you were mine,
That I could keep you always–
Only borrowed for a time.
Now, He’s called you home,
I’m sad and I shed tears.
Yet, I’m glad He loaned you to me
and we had these many years.
John 11:25
I am the resurrection and the Life,
Saith the Lord: He that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live:
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.
I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
and though his body be destroyed, yet shall I see God:
whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold,
and not as a stranger. We brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.
God Hath Not Promised
God hath not promised skies always blue
Flower strewn pathways,
all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing kindness, undying love.
God hath not promised
We shall not know toil and temptations, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing kindness, undying love.
God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing kindness, undying love.
Your Gentle Face
Your gentle face and patient smile.
With sadness we recall
You had a kindly word for each
And died beloved by all.

The voice is mute and stilled the heart
That loved us well and true.
Ah, bitter was the trial to part
From one so good as you.

You are not forgotten loved one
Nor will you ever be
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.

We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by we miss you more,
Your loving smile, your gentle face
No one can fill your vacant place.

Only One
(Mother/Father)You can only have one mother
Patient, kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.
John 14:1-3
Let not your hearts be troubled;
Believe in God, believe also in Me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms;
If it were not so,
Would I have told you that I go and prepare a place for you?
And when I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to Myself,
That where I am you may be also.
A Child
(He/She)God needed an angel in Heaven
To stand at the Savior’s feet;
His choice must be the rarest
A lily pure and sweet.
He gazed upon the mighty throng
Then stopped and picked the best,
Our child was His chosen one
With Jesus she’s now at rest.
Guide Me Through
O Lord, I am torn up with grief.
I know you are there, but I cannot see
past my sorrow and tears.
Be with me, Lord, and do not take my
unhappiness to heart.
Rather, work within me to guide me
through these dark days and bring
your light to my life, so that I may see your goodness,
even in my mourning.
Life Is But A Stopping Place
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn
some things,
But never meant to stay.
Our destination is a place
far greater than we know,
For some, the journey’s quicker,
For some the journey’s slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord
A Bridge Called Love
It takes us back to brighter years
to happier sunlit days
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.
And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.
There is a bridge of memories
from earth to Heaven above…
it keeps our dear ones near us.
It’s the bridge that we call love.
Journey’s Just Begun
(His/Her)Don’t think of him as gone away–
his journey’s just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting from the sorrows
and the tears in a place of warmth
and comfort where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing that
we could know today how nothing
but our sadness can really pass away.

And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost–
and he was loved so much.

There’s A Place
There’s a place I’ve never seen
beyond this world we know.
A place I’ve only heard of
But someday hope to go.
It’s not on any map;
there are no roads to take me there.
But it’s a place of perfect peace
where hearts are free from care.
And though I understand some
may be saddened when I leave,
one day we will all meet again,
that’s what I believe.
When it’s time to travel there
I think I’ll wear a smile.
I’ll say goodbye to those I love,
but only for a while.
Knowing there are others who
have traveled there alone,
who cannot wait to greet me and
to whisper “Welcome home”.
Bird Free of His Cage
As the bird free of his cage seeks the heights,
so the Christian soul in
death flies home to God.
Death is Not Extinguishing the Light
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting
out the lamp because dawn has come.
Death Is Nothing At All
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.
I Am Standing Upon the Seashore
(He/She)I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length,
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says,
“There, she is gone” Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me – not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says,
“There, she is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout,
“Here she comes!” And that is dying…

Goodnight
Good-night! Good-night! As we so oft have said
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
that are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
to cover up the embers that still burn.
Loving Memories Never Die
Loving memories never die
As years roll on and days pass by
In our hearts a memory is kept
Of one we loved and will never forget.
May the Angels Lead You Into Paradise
May the Angels lead you into paradise;
may the martyrs greet you at
your arrival and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.
May the choir of Angels greet you
and like Lazarus, who once was a poor man,
may you have eternal rest.
Soul Remains
Oh heart, if one should say to you that the
soul perishes like the body,
answer that the flower withers,
but the seed remains.
You Can Shed Tears
(He/She)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’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she’s gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back,
or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Let Us
Let us be contented with what has happened and
be thankful for all that we have been spared.
Let us accept the natural order of things in which we move.
Let us reconcile ourselves to the mysterious rhythm of our destinies,
such as they must be in this world of space and time.
Let us treasure our joys but not bewail our sorrows.
The glory of light cannot exist without its shadows.
Life is a whole, and good and ill must be accepted together.
The journey has been enjoyable and well worth making—–once.
Today Is A Gift
Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays you twice, it is your fault
Great minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses much more;
He who loses faith, loses all.
Beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
Friends, you and me … You brought another friend … and we started our group … our circle of friends … and like a circle … there is no beginning or end …
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
Fill Not Your Heart
Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,
but remember me in every tomorrow.
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles.
I’ve only gone to rest for a while.
Although my leaving causes pain and grief,
my going has eased my hurt and given me relief.
So dry your eyes and remember me,
not as I am but as I used to be.
Because, I will remember you all and look on with a smile.
Understand in your hearts,
I’ve only gone to rest a while.
As long as I have the love of you,
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.
When I Think Of Death
When I think of death,
and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency,
I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.
I can accept the idea of my own demise,
but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else.
I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country of no return. Disbelief becomes my close companion,
and anger follows in its wake.
I answer the heroic question
‘Death, where is thy sting?
‘ with’ it is here in my heart and mind and memories.’
When I’m Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget if you can that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile
Forget unkind words I have spoken,
Remember some good I have done,
Forget that I ever had heartache,
And remember I’ve had loads of fun.
Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going.
I would not have you sad for a day.
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay.
And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west.
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.
Yesterday Is a Memory
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is
a mystery and today is a gift,
which is why it is called the present.
What the caterpillar perceives is the end;
to the butterfly is just the beginning.
Everything that has a beginning has an ending.
Make your peace with that and all will be well.
When You Are Sorrowful
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are
weeping for that which has been your delight.
When I Must Leave You
When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the
morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines
at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
Stained Glass Windows
People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the
sun is out, but when darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if
there is a light from within.
Eternal Light
Those we love must someday pass
beyond our present sight…
Must leave us and the world we know without their radiant light.
But we know that like a candle
their lovely light will surely shine
To brighten up another place more perfect… more divine.
And in the realm of Heaven
where they shine so warm and bright.
Our loved ones live forevermore in God’s eternal light.
A Commendation at the Time of Death
Depart, O Christian Soul, out of this world;
In the Name of the Father
Almighty who created you;
In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;
In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace,
and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.
Death Leaves A Heartache
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
I’m There Inside Your Heart
Right now I’m in a different place,
And though we seem apart,
I’m closer than I ever was….
I’m there inside your heart.

I’m with you when you greet each day,
And while the sun shines bright,
I’m there to share the sunsets, too…
I’m with you every night.

I’m with you when the times are good
To share a laugh or two,
And if a tear should start to fall…
I’m always there for you.

And when that day arrives
That we no longer are apart,
I’ll smile and hold you close to me…
forever in my heart.

Time Has Taken Me from You
Time has taken me from you,
Although not very far.
I’ll be watching through the sunshine
And through the brightest star.
I’ll be watching all of you,
From the heavens up above.
So take good care of each other
And carry all my love.

If you’re ever wondering
If I’m there, here’s where you can start.
Take a look inside yourself
Deep within your heart.

I’ll always be your baby,
Your child, your best friend.
So anytime you need me,
Close your eyes I’m back again.

A Bright New World
We feel so sad when those we love
Are touched by deaths dark hand,
But it would ease our sorrow
If we could but understand
That death is just a gateway
That all men must pass through
And on the other side of death,
In a world that’s bright and new,
Our loved ones wait to welcome us
To that land free from tears
Where joy becomes eternal
And time is not counted by years.
Safely Home
I am home in Heaven, dear ones:
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this Everlasting Light.
All the pain and grief are over!
Every restless yearning past;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely Home in Heaven at last.
Dear one, do not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
Pray to trust Our Father’s Will.
When your work is completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh! the rapture of that meeting!
Oh, the joy to see you come.
Life Goes On
Weep if you must
Parting is hell
But life goes on
So sing as well.
You Toiled So Hard
You toiled so hard for those
you loved.
You said goodbye to none,
Your spirit flew before we knew,
Your work on earth was done.
We miss you now,
our hearts are sore,
As time goes by we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face:
No one can fill your vacant place.
Your life was love and labor.
Your love for your family true.
You did the best for all of us.
We will always remember you.
There Comes A Time
There comes a time for all of us
when we must say good-bye,
But faith and hope and love
and trust can never, never die.
Although the curtain falls at last
is that a cause to grieve?
The future’s fairer than the past
if only we believe
And trust in God’s eternal care–
So when the Master calls
let’s say that life is still more fair
although the curtain falls.
Walk In Sunshine
May you always walk in sunshine
and God’s love around you flow,
For the happiness you gave us,
no one will ever know,
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone,
A part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
A million times we’ve needed you.
A million times we’ve cried.
If love could only have saved you.
You never would have died.
The Lord be with you
And May You Rest in Peace.
Amen
I’m Still Here
Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me, friend, I’m everyplace!

If Tears Could Build a Stairway
If tears could build a stairway and
thoughts a memory lane

I’d walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken

No time to say good-bye

You were gone before I knew it

and only God knows why.
My heart’s still active in sadness

And secret tears still flow

What it meant to lose you

No one can ever know.
But now I know you want us

To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times

Life still has much in store.
Since you’ll never be forgotten

I pledge to you today
A hallowed place within my heart

Is where you’ll always stay.

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