Tag Archives: Funeral Poems

A Funeral Poem for an Infant

"A Baby's Death" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A few years ago, friends of mine were thrilled by the arrival of their first son. Their joy quickly turned to horror and grief a few hours later when doctors informed them that the baby had a fatal heart defect. … Continue reading

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“Look for Me in Rainbows” by Vicki Brown

This simple but deeply moving song is perfect for a funeral or memorial service

Vicki Brown was a vocalist from the United Kingdom who gained popularity during the 1970s. During her musical career, she sang with a number of contemporary groups, including The Breakaways and the aptly named Brown’s Home Brew, which she formed … Continue reading

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“White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field” by Mary Oliver

Contemplating the choice of ecstatic surrender at the moment of death

Mary Oliver is a contemporary anglophone poet beloved by many for her universally resonant contemplations drawing on metaphors from the natural world. Many of her poems are suffused with humbleness, gratitude, and wonder, placing death at the center of a … Continue reading

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“Death” by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke’s beautiful funeral poem perfectly captures how precious and valuable life is -- in both the good times and the bad -- with its personification of death

For many of us, the busyness of our daily lives often leads to us taking our lives for granted. When someone we loved dearly dies, our grief and sorrow for his or her absence tends to trigger an urge deep … Continue reading

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Memorial Quotes: “Now at journey’s end, circling the shallow stream… years of open sea.”

- J. W. Hackett
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Not Death but Completeness

Looking at the optimism of Rabindranath Tagore's "Peace, My Heart"

Back in September, I wrote a post on a poem by Rabindranath Tagore. In my weekly searches for literature on the subject of death, his name repeatedly comes up. I’ve tried to abstain from writing about him again to ensure … Continue reading

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