Funeral homes in North Battleford, SK, incorporate different activities into funeral services, usually at the family’s behest. Poetry reading is one of them. Poems also help express emotions when you’re too stricken with grief to find the right words.
Below, we share some of our favorite poems. We hope they inspire you.
1. Death is Nothing at All – Henry Scott Holland
“Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
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 round the corner.”
2. Warm Summer Sun – Walt Whitman
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.
3. There is No Light Without a Dawning – Helen Steiner Rice
No winter without a spring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will once more sing ….
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless, care worn world
Into a brighter day
4. Away – James Whitcomb Riley
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead—he is just away.
5. Sonnets Are Full of Love – Christina Rossetti
“I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honoured name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.”
6. Requiem – Robert Louis Stevenson
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea;
And the hunter home from the hill.
7. She Walks in Beauty – Lord Byron
“One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.”
8. She is Gone – David Harkins
“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”
These poems work for anyone. You can use them to craft your own or arrange the pronouns to match the deceased. As long as it’s honest and appropriate for the moment.
Contact us if you need a funeral home to help plan a funeral or memorial service for your family in North Battleford, SK. We will work with you to arrange a befitting farewell for your loved one. Call us now to speak with our caring staff.