Funeral Readings and Poems

What sort of poems or funeral readings can you have? Do you like something sad and melancholic or would you prefer a humorous and uplifting theme?

The answer is, you can have whatever you choose! As an experienced funeral event planner, I meet people with all sorts of preferences but in the main, they tend to favour themes of hope and comfort at this time and to leave the service with feelings of positivity and optimism.

My preferred stance means I do not include religious funeral readings, hymns or prayers unless specifically requested to do so.  I prefer to reflect on mother nature and the way in which we all come from and ultimately return to dust. I am a passionate environmentalist and am increasing seeking an economical and affordable yet carbon neutral way of saying farewell to our earthly human remains.

Hope Funeral Readings

Here are a couple of my favourite poems and funeral readings which I have used to convey different feelings during some of my services.


If I Should Go

By Joyce Grenfell

If I should go before the rest of you

Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone

Nor when I’m gone speak in a Sunday voice

But be the usual selves that I have known

Weep if you must

Parting is hell

But life goes on

So sing as well.

Rose Funeral Readings

Miss Me But Let Me Go

By Christina Rossetti

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 is a journey that we all must take

And each must go alone.

It’s all part of the Master’s 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.

Heart Funeral Readings

Pardon Me for Not Getting Up

By Kelly Roper

Oh dear, if you’re reading this right now,

I must have given up the ghost.

I hope you can forgive me for being

Such a stiff and unwelcoming host.

Just talk amongst yourself my friends,

And share a toast or two.

For I am sure you will remember well

How I loved to drink with you.

Don’t worry about mourning me,

I was never easy to offend.

Feel free to share a story at my expense

And we’ll have a good laugh at the end.

Woodland Funeral Readings

And finally, here is one of the funeral readings I would like to have in my service, when the time comes!


Woodland Burial

by Pam Ayres

Don’t lay me in some gloomy churchyard shaded by a wall

Where the dust of ancient bones has spread a dryness over all,

Lay me in some leafy loam where, sheltered from the cold

Little seeds investigate and tender leaves unfold.

There kindly and affectionately, plant a native tree

To grow resplendent before God and hold some part of me.

The roots will not disturb me as they went their peaceful way

To build the fine and bountiful, from closure and decay.

To seek their small requirements so that when their work is done

I’ll be tall and standing strongly in the beauty of the sun.










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