Gone But Not Forgotten - Honor loved ones with 100 poems in celebration of life (2023)

Acelebration of lifeis about honoring the life of the person you lost rather than mourning their death. undoubtedly,griefWading through the loss of a loved one is awful and confusing. But by recitingCelebration of Life PoemsHonoring them at a funeral, memorial service, or among friends, these positive, loving words can bring the focus back to the good you shared, rather than the heartache or painSympathyyou can feel.

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For the loved ones in your life who are gone but never forgotten, read on for 100 meaningful and heartwarming poems in celebration of life.

100 poems celebrating life

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1. "The Life I Have" by Leo Marks

the life i have
Is all I have
And the life I have
Is yours
The love I have
From the life I have
Is yours and yours and yours.
I will have a sleep
I will have a break
But death will only be a pause
For theFriedenmy years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

2. "Don't Stand at My Grave and Weep" by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Don't stand by my grave and cry
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond that shines onsnow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake up in theMorningis silent
I'm the fast oneupliftinghurry up
of restbirdsin circular flight.
I am the gentle stars that shine at night.
Don't stand by my grave and cry;
I am not there. i didn't die

3. "Warm Summer Sun" by Walt Whitman

warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here
warm south wind,
Blow gently here.
green sod above,
Lie easy, lie easy.
good night dear heart
Good night! Good night.

4. "Funeral" by Rupi Kaur

when I leave this place
Decorate the porch with garlands
like you would for a wedding anniversary, my dear
pull people out of their homes
and dance in the streets
when death comes
like a bride in the aisle
send me away in my lightest attire
Serve our guests ice cream with rose petals
There's no need to cry, my darling
I've waited my whole life
to take for such a beauty
my breath away
when I go
let it be a party
because I was here
I've lived
I won this game called lives

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5. "Life" by Charlotte Brontë

Life, you believe, is not a dream
As dark as the wise say;
Often a little morning rain
Predicts a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are gloomy clouds
But these are all ephemeral;
When the shower makes the roses bloom
O why mourn his fall?
fast, happy,
The sunny hours of life pass,
Thankful, happy
Enjoy them while they fly!
What, though death sometimes intervenes,
And calling our best away?
Though grief seems to be winning
O'er hope, a heavy sway?
But hope again elastic springs,
Undefeated though she fell;
Her golden wings are still floating,
Still strong to carry us well.
manly, fearless,
the day of the test bear,
For glorious, victorious,
Can courage conquer despair!

6. "Risk" by Anais Nin

And then the day came
if the risk
to stay tight
in a bud
was more painful
as the risk
it took
it blooms.

7. "Farewell My Friends" by Rabindranath Tagore

It was wonderful
as long as it lasted
the journey of my life.
I regret nothing
whatever save
I'll leave the pain behind
These dear hearts
who love and care for
and heavy with sleep
always wet eyes.
Thatsmile, trotz a
lump in throat
and pull the strings
in heart and soul.
The strong arms
that kept me
if my own strength
Let me down.
Every bite I was
was fed full of divine love.
At every turn of my life
i bumped
good friends.
friends who supported me
even if time passed
Goodbye Goodbye
my friends.
I smile and say goodbye.
No, don't shed tears
because I don't need them
All I need is your smile.
when you are sad
remember me
because that's what I want.
When you live in hearts
from those you love
remember then...
you never die

8. "All's Well" by Henry Scott Holland

death is nothing
I just slipped into the next room
i am me and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name
Talk to me the easy way you always used
Make no difference in your tone
Do not wear forced solemnity or mourning
Laugh like we used to laugh at the little onejokeswe enjoyed it together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name always be the household word it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without a trace of a shadow upon it.
Life means everything it has ever meant.
It is as it always was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind 'cause I'm out of sight?
I'm waiting for you, for a break, somewhere very close
Just around the corner.
All is well.

9. "Your Spirit" by Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

I definitely know that
you will always be with me
When life separates us
I'll know it's just your soul
say goodbye to your body
But your spirit will always be with me.
if i see oneVogelChirping on a nearby branch
I will know that it is you who sings for me.
When abutterflybrushes gently by me so carefree
I will know that it is you who assure me that you are free from pain.
When the gentle scent of a flower catches my attention
I will know that you remind me
Appreciate the simple things in life.
When the sun shining through my window wakes me up
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear the rain pounding on my window sill
I will hear your wise words
And I will remember what you taught me so well
That without rain no trees can grow
Flowers cannot bloom without rain
Without life's challenges, I cannot grow strong.
When I look at the sea
I will think of your endless love for youfamily.
When I think about thatBerge, her majesty and splendor
I will think of your courage for your country.
No matter where I am
Your spirit will be next to me
Because I definitely know that
you will always be with me

10. "When I Die, I Want Your Hands on My Eyes" by Pablo Neruda

When I die I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and wheat of your beloved hands
to once again pass on their freshness to me
to feel the gentleness that changed my destiny.


I want you to live while I wait for you, sleeping
I want your ears to hear the wind
so you can smell the sea we loved together
and that you keep walking in the sand where we walked.

I want to keep living for what I love
And as for you, I loved you and sang you above everything,
keep blooming, flowery,

so that you achieve everything that my love commands you,
so that my shadow goes through your hair,
so that they may recognize the reason for my song.

11. "There Is No Light Without Dawn" by Helen Steiner Rice

No winter without aspring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will sing once more...
For those who leave us for a while
Just walked away
From a restless, carefree world
Into a brighter day

12. "Let Me Die a Young Man's Death" by Roger McGough

Let me die a young man's death
not clean and in between
the leaves holy water death
no famous last words
peaceful breathless death

When I'm 73
and in consistently good tumor
May I be mown down at dawn
from a bright red sports car
on the way home
from a late night party

Or when I'm 91
with silver hair
and sit in a barber chair
can compete with gangsters
rushed in with clumsy submachine guns
and give me a short back and offal

Or when I'm 104
and banished from the cave
may my mistress
catches me in bed with her daughter
and fears for her son
cut me into small pieces
and throw away every piece but one

Let me die a young man's death
not sinless tiptoe in
Candlewax and Decreasing Death
no curtain borne by angels
"What a beautiful way to go" death

13. „The Dash“ von Linda Ellis

I read about a man who stood up to speak
At a friend's funeral
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
From start to finish

He noted that the date of birth came first
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what was most important
Was the line between those years

Because this line stands for the whole time
That they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
You know what that little line is worth

'Cause it doesn't matter how much we own
The cars... the house... the money.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think long and hard about it.
Are there things you would like to change?
Because you never know how much time is left
That can still be changed.

If only we could slow down enough
To consider what is true and real
And always try to understand
how others feel.

And get angry less easily
And show more appreciation
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
And wear a smile more often
Remember that particular hyphen
It might only last a short time

So when your eulogy is read
With the deeds of your life to warm up...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent YOUR dash?

14. "She's Gone" by David Harkins

You can shed tears that she's gone
Or you can smile because she lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see everything she left behind
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be filled with love that you have shared

15. "A Long Cup of Tea" by Michael Ashby

Death is too negative for me
So I stop by for a long cup of tea
Squirt on two bags in the pot
And for heaven's sake keep the water hot

16. „You've Just Walk on Ahead of Me“ von Joyce Grenfell

I try to deal with it as best as possible
But I miss you so much
If only I could see you
And feel your touch once more.
Yes, you just preceded me
Don't worry, I'm fine
But every now and then I feel, I swear
Your hand slides into mine.

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17. „Sanctum“ von Beulah B. Malkin

I have created a small garden
In a corner of my heart
I only kept it for nice things
And told everyone else to go.

And was always thereMusic,
And flowers bloomed beautifully;
And it was never perfect
Until you entered there.

18. "Summer's Day" by Mary Oliver

who made the world
Who made the swan and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
that grasshopper, I mean—
who threw herself out of the grass
who eats sugar out of my hand,
moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down -
looking around with her huge and intricate eyes.
Now she raises her pale forearms and washes her face thoroughly.
Now she opens her wings and flies away.
I don't know exactly what oneprayeris.
I know how to watch out, how to fall
into the grass, as one kneels in the grass,
how to be idle and happy, how to walk through the fields,
that's what i've been doing all day.
Tell me what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die in the end and too soon?
Tell me what are you up to?
with your only wild and precious life?

19. „In Memoriam“ von William Morecomb

For a second you flew
Just like you always wanted
Now you fly forever
In the azure sky
We see your smile in every ray
From sunshine to rain
And hear the echo of your laughter
About all the pain
The world is a little quieter now
The colors have lost their hue
The birds sing softly
And our hearts miss you
Each time we see a small cloud
Or a soaring rainbow
We think of you and gently
Wipe a tear from our eye.

20. "A Song of Life" by Amelia Josephine Burr

I give part of my soul to the world where my course takes place.
I know that someone else will finish the task I must leave unfinished.

21. "Success" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

what issuccess?
Laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the approval of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better, be it with a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed societal condition; knowing that even life has breathed easier because you have lived. That should have worked!

22. "Remembered in Thy Full Bloom" by Robert J. Lindley, Teppo Gren and Michael P. Clark

You will be remembered in your full bloom
a rose that grew in my garden of life.
You are lost to me and this is my downfall
Gone the tender love of my precious wife.

Evil wind had blown, poisoned darts of fate,
Lost love, whenever I cry we get back together.
Tho', should such be but at heaven's gate,
enlightened, in the precious flight of true love.

Your effect lives in my lonely occupation
as I meander my reckless path,
in the dark dust of my unfortunate past,
die to get rid of this endless anger.

But memories sigh, they remind of our love
as we caressed love's fiery desires.
In wondrous passions our hearts flew
You are a spirit of memory that ignites the fires of love.

I pray your dream winds are gentle and beautiful tonight
eager heart leaps to melt in the splendor of beauty.
Everything could be right with yellow moon kisses,
the truth of our love written in the scrolls of destiny.

When lonely spirits found love's true accord,
your sweet soul caressed my heart with joy.
It was your graceful beauty that I adored
enjoy endless days of your gentle caress.

You come beloved, love to bring
your wondrous beauty, darkness drives away.
In divinity your heart sings,
My heart predicted a moment of joy.

In every heart spirit the desire to come
pray future treasures heralding their glow.
Your touch, paradise in the realm of love,
May we ask with grace that our romance grows.

The light of life returned from dust to dust
if it's not my destiny to stay
and side with mortal ways in life unjust,
with a lost dream of being by my side.

Now back to the terror of my dark night,
once more I fall into the pits of hell.
Despair and grief dim God's bright light,
Death promised joys will come, I hear the death call.

Pray true, warmth and true color to the rose,
return pure splendor that sent my heart to you.
where I have always chosen you forever,
you are the ripest flower, I your lonely bee.

Rejoice in death to cherish your embrace
as the end approaches, with courage to start.
A halo reveals the grace of your beauty
to cast heavenly light and heal my heart.

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And now my end is coming, I see the light of death
Death touches my heart, now eternal love.
My love, I see you shining bright
I now praise death as I soar upwards.

As the last shadow of my life falls so quickly
I beg, this aching soul hears your dear voice.
Ancient echoes whisper words of love, your calls,
well, dear woman, I fly away, your love my choice.

In the heavenly garden your rose blooms in the trine,
as an eternal bond of love in holy love
is thrown over the belief of God's plan,
and prayers of truth are whispered above.

23. „Requiem“ von Robert Louis Stevenson

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie
I'm glad I lived and I'm glad I die
And I lay down with a will
This is the verse you give me:
Here he lies where he longed;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea;
And the hunter home from the hill.

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24. "Care" by Barrie Davenport

The world turns and turns
Slowly - but without mercy
Or care. A leaf falls.

25. "The Guest House" by Rumi

This human being is a guest house.
A new arrival every morning.
A pleasure aDepression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Say hello and entertain them all!
Even if they are a lot of worries,
sweeping your house by force
empty of his furniture,
nevertheless, treat each guest with honor.
Maybe he erases you
for a new joy.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet her at the door laughing and invite her over.
Be thankful for whatever comes.
because everyone was sent
as a guide from the afterlife.

26. "God's Garden" by Melissa Shreve

God looked around his garden and found an empty spot
Then he looked down at the earth and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
With the help of his angels they flew you to your heavenly place

God's garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best
He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never get well on earth

He saw that the road was getting rough and the hills were too difficult to climb
He closed your tired eyelids and whispered "peace be yours"
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone
Because a part of us walked with you the day God called you home.

27. „I Have Not Gone“ von Unknown

You think I'm gone, I'm dead and life has lost its will
But look around, I'm right there, still living with you
I watch your tears, I feel your pain - I see the things you do
I cry too, every time you cry, my soul, it lives with you

It is so much joy to hear you laugh and to do the things you do
And if you smile about days gone by, I'll smile with you too
Because we are still one, just you and me, one spirit, one soul, one being
Moving forward in life even though only you are seen

And in the stillness of the night when the pain really kicks in
Stretch out your mind a little and draw me to your heart
Because I'm always right in the middle, always by your side
For all my life you have been my joy, my love my pride.

28. "The Peace of the Wild Things" by Wendell Berry

When the despair for the world grows inside me
and i wake up at night at the slightest noise
in fear of what my life and the life of my children might be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake is
rests in its beauty on the water, and the great heron eats.
I come to the peace of wild things
who do not burden their lives with foresight
the sadness. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel the day blind stars above me
wait with their light. A time long
I rest in the grace of the world and am free.

29. "If Your Heart Should Be Sad" by Sir Walter Raleigh

If you should be sad at heart
Thinking about the joys we had
Listen and keep very still.
When the roar from the hill
Or the work of a bell
Don't serve to break the spell
Listen: maybe you can
to hear my laughter from a cloud.

30. "To Those I Love" by Isla Pachal Richardson

If I should ever leave you I love
To walk the silent way, don't mourn,
Do not speak of me with tears, but laugh and speak
Of me as if I were there next to you
(I would come... I would come if I could only find a way!
But wouldn't tears and grief be barriers?)
And if you hear a song or see a bird that I loved
Please don't let the thought of me make you sad...
'Cause I love you like I always have...
you were so good to me
There are so many things I still wanted to do...
So much to say...
Remember I wasn't scared...
Leaving you was easy, which was so hard to take...
We cannot see into the afterlife... But I know that;
I loved you so...
"Here with you was heaven!

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31. "Death is a Journey" by Sri Chinmoy

Death is instant
The end of the body
Old trip
And the beginning of the soul
New journey.

32. "Sleeps My Soul" by Antonio Machado

Is my soul asleep?
Got those hives that work
stopped in the night? And the water—
wheel of thought, right?
Walk around now, cups
empty, bearing only shadows?

No, my soul does not sleep.
It's awake, wide awake.
It neither sleeps nor dreams, but wakes,
his eyes wide open
distant things and listens
on the banks of the great stillness.

33. „Pardon MeFor Not Getting Up“ von Kelly Roper

Oh dear, if you're reading this now
I must have given up the ghost.
I hope you can forgive me for being there
Such a stiff and unwelcoming host.
Just talk to each other, my friends,
And share a toast or two.
Because I am sure you will remember well
How I loved drinking with you.
Don't worry about me mourning
I was never easily offended.
Feel free to share a story at my expense
And we'll have a good laugh at the end.

34. „Epitaph“ von Merrit Malloy

When I die
give what's left of me
for children
and old men awaiting death.

And if you have to cry
cry for your brother
walking down the street next to you.
And if you need me
put your arms down
around everyone
and give them
what you have to give me

I want to leave you something
something better
as words
or noises.

check on me
with the people I know
or loved,
and if you can't give me away
At least let me live from your eyes
and not in your head.

you can love me the most
hands touch hands,
body touch body,
and by letting go
from children
they must be free.

love doesn't die
people do.
So if there's all that's left of me
is love,
give me away

I'll see you at home
down in the soil.

35. „Away“ von James Whitcomb Riley

I can't say it and I won't say it
That he's dead, he's just gone.
With a happy smile and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into an unknown land;
And made us dream how very beautiful
His needs must be since he is there.
And you - oh you who yearn the wildest
Of the old step and the happy return -
Imagine how he goes on, so dear
In love from there, like love from here
Do you still think of him that way, I say;
He's not dead, he's just gone.

36. „Remember Me – I Will Love Forever“ von Robert N. Test

The day will come when my body will lie on a white sheet neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress in a hospital; busy with the living and the dying. At some point a doctor will determine that my brain has stopped working and that my life has practically come to a standstill.

If that happens, don't try to infuse my body with artificial life using a machine. And don't call this my deathbed. Let it be called the bed of life and let my body be taken from it to help others live fuller lives.

Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, the face of a baby, or the love in a woman's eyes.

Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.

Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wrecked car so he can see his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to the one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.

Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

Explore every corner of my brain.

Take my cells if need be and let them grow so that one day a speechless boy will scream at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.

Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the four winds for the flowers to grow.

If you need to bury something, be it my faults, my weakness and any prejudices I have about those around me.

Give my sins to the devil.

give my soul to god

If you happen to want to remember me, do so with a kind act or word to someone who needs you. If you do everything I asked you to do, I will live forever.

37. "Remember Me" von Margaret Mead

I went to the living
I will never return to the sad
To the angry, I've been betrayed
But to the lucky ones I am at peace,
And I never left the believers.

I can't speak but I can listen.
I can't be seen but I can be heard.
So if you are standing on a shore and looking at a beautiful sea,
If you look at a flower and admire its simplicity,
Remember me.

Remember me in your heart:
your thoughts and your memories
Of the times we loved
The times we cried
The times we fought
The times we laughed.
'Cause if you always think of me, I'll never be gone.

38. "She's in the Sun, in the Wind, in the Rain" by Christy Ann Martine

She's in the sun, in the wind, in the rain
It's in the air you breathe
with every breath.
She sings a song of hope and joy
there is no more pain, no more fear.
You'll see her in the clouds above
hear her words of love whisper
they will be together soon
Until then, listen to her song.

39. „There Is No Death“ von Unknown

There is a plan far greater than the plan you know;
There is a landscape wider than what you see.
There is a sanctuary where storm-tossed souls may go -
You call it death - we immortality.

You call it death - this seemingly endless sleep;
We call it birth - the soul finally liberated.
It is not hindered by time or space - you cry.
Why mourn death? It's immortality.

Farewell, dear voyageur - it will not be long.
Your work is done - now may peace rest upon you.
Your kind thoughts and deeds - they will live on.
This is not death - this is immortality.

Farewell, dear traveller—the river meanders and twists;
The rhythm of your song blows close to me
And now you know what all humans learn:
There is no death - there is immortality.

40. "Remember When You Go" by Rebecca Puig

Remember when you go out into the world
Keep your eyes and ears open.
And be nice.
Love each other.
Take care of each other.
Say the truth.
Always do your best.
Listen to the big ones and the little ones.
Explore new ways and have fun.
Know that you are loved madly.
Thank you for all your blessings.
Above all,
love and you will
Wonderful things in this world.

41. "How grateful I would be to only have one more day" by Kathy J. Parenteau

If I could just have one more day and
wishes came true
I would spend every glorious moment
side by side with you
In memory of all the years together
and memories we made
how grateful i would be
only have one more day.
Where are the tears I've shed
not fall in vain and only in bliss,
so many things i would share with you
about the days you missed.
I wouldn't have to pretend
you never went away
how grateful I would be for that
only have one more day.
As this day came to an end
and the sun began to set
A million times I'd let you know
I'll never forget it.
The heart of gold you left behind
When you entered through the gate of heaven,
how grateful I would be for that
only have one more day.

42. "If Tomorrow Begins Without Me" by David M. Romano

When tomorrow starts without me and I'm not here to see it
If the sun should rise and find your eyes full of tears for me
i know how much you love meI love you
And every time you think of me, I know you'll miss me too.

But if tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand
That Jesus came and called my name and took my hand.
He said my place in heaven above was ready
And that I have to leave behind all the ones I love very much.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eyes
All my life I had always thought it wasn't my time to die.
I had so much to live and so much to do
It seems almost impossible that I left you.

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I thought about all the days of yesterday, the good and the bad
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If only I could have stayed a little while
I would say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realize that this could never be
Because emptiness and memories would take my place.
And when I thought about worldly things that I would miss tomorrow
I thought of you and when I did, my heart was filled with sadness.

But as I walked through Heaven's Gate and felt so much at home
As God looked down and smiled at me from His great golden throne.
He said: This is eternity and everything I promised you
Today your life on earth is over, but it begins anew here.

I don't promise tomorrow, but today will always last
And since every day is the same here, there is no nostalgia for the past.
So if tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart.

43. "Last Voyage" by Timothy Coote

There is a train at the station
With a seat reserved just for me
I'm curious about his goal
I heard it sets you free

The trials and tribulations
The pain and stress we breathe
Don't exist where I'm going
Onlyhappiness I believe

I hope you will be there
To wish me on my way
It's not a trip you can take part in
Today is not your time

There will be many goals
Some are happy, some are sad
Everyone a quick reminder
Of the great times we had

Many friends I know are waiting
Who took an earlier train?
To greet and reassure me
That actually nothing has changed

We take the time together
To catch up with the past
To build a fresh start
One that will always endure

One day you will begin your journey
On the train just like me
And I promise I'll be there
At the station and you will see

That life is just a journey
Enriched by those you meet
Nobody can take that away from you
It's always yours to keep'

But now that there is no more space
You have to muddle through
Make sure you fulfill your ambitions
As you know, I'll be watching you

And if there is a reason
To mention who you knew
Speak kindly about that person
Because one day it will be you

Now I can't rule out that ending
And it's time for me to go
Please hurry to the reception
To enjoy my drinks they are free!

44. "I Stand on the Shore" by Henry Van Dyke

I'm standing on the sea shore. a ship by my side
spreads her white sails in the moving breeze and takes off
for the blueocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until she finally hangs like a splinter
of white clouds right where sea and sky mix.

Then someone at my side says: "There she is gone"

gone where

Gone from my sight That's all. She's just as tall in the mast,
Hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And she's just as capable of carrying her load of living cargo to her destination port.

Her diminished greatness is in me - not in her.
And just when someone says, "There she is gone"
there are other eyes that see them coming and other voices
ready to take up the happy cry, 'Here she comes!'

And that's dying...

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45. „When I Must Leave You“ von Helen Steiner Rice

If I have to leave you
For a short time;
Please don't mourn
And shed wild tears
And embrace your sorrow for you
Over the years,

But start bold
With a gallant smile;
And because of me
And for my name
live on and do it
all the same,

Don't feed your loneliness
On empty days
But fill every waking hour
In a useful way

stretch out your hand
In comfort and joy
And I, in turn, will comfort you
And hold you close

And never, never
afraid to die
'Cause I'm waiting for you in heaven!

46. ​​„He Is Gone (Remember Me)“ von David Harkins

You can shed tears that he's gone
Or you can smile because he lived
You can close your eyes and pray he'll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see everything he left behind.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of love that you shared
You can turn your back tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can look forward to tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he's gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he wants: smile, open your eyes,
love and on.

47. „The Broken Chain“ von Ron Tranmer

We knew little that day
God wanted to call your name.
In life we ​​loved you very much,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone.
Because a part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide,
And even though we can't see you
You are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same
but how God calls us one by one
The chain will reconnect.

48. „They That Love Beyond the World“ von William Penn

He who loves beyond the world cannot be separated by it,
death cannot kill what never dies.
Nor can spirits ever share this love
and live in the same divine principle,
the root and record of herFriendship.
If absence is not death, neither is theirs.
Death only traverses the world as friends cross the seas;
they still live in each other.
Because they have to be there
that love and life in what is omnipresent.
In this divine glass they see face to face;
and their talk is free as well as pure.
This is the consolation of friends
that although they may be said to die,
but their friendship and companionship are
omnipresent in the best sense, because immortal.

49. Extract fromHouse on Pooh Corner, Chapter 10 by A.A. Milne

Christopher Robin walked away. Nobody knew why he was going, nobody knew where he was going; No one knew why they knew Christopher Robin was walking away. But somehow everyone in the forest felt that it was finally happening...

50. "A Meeting" by Edith Wharton

On a peak of joy we meet;
Below us the abyss hums;
Death lures our feet one way or the other
When we take a step wrong.

Let's drink the blue for a moment
Transcendent Air together—
Then down where the same old work is to be done
In the same gloomy daytime weather.

We can't wait. . . but look below!
How part? On this sharp ridge
But it can happen. They call you - go!
My life shall be your bridge.

51. "To Those I Love and Who Love Me" by Unknown

When I'm gone, let me go, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do
You must not bind yourself to me with too many tears,
butBe thankfulWe've had so many good years.

I gave you my love and you can only guess
how lucky you gave me
IThanksfor the love you showed
But now it's time for me to travel on alone.

So mourn for me a while if you must mourn
Then let your sorrow be comforted by trust.
Just for a while we have to part
So treasure the memories in your heart.

I won't be far away 'cause life goes on.
And if you need me, call and I'll come.

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Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart you will hear
All my love around you soft and clear.

And then when you come here alone
I greet you with a smile and a "Welcome home".

52. "One" by Shawnee Kellie

A word can trigger a moment
A flower can awaken the dream;
A tree can start a forest
A bird can herald spring.

A smile can bring a friendship
Ein Händedruck kann eine Seele erheben;
A star can guide a ship at sea,
A cheer can score a goal.

One vote can change a nation
A ray of sunshine can uplift a room;
A candle drives away the darkness
A laugh will conquer the darkness.
One look can change two lives;
A kiss can make love blossom.


A step must begin every journey,
Every prayer must begin with a word;
A hope can lift our spirits
A touch can show that you care.

A voice can speak with wisdom
A heart can know what is true;
One life can make a difference
I and you are one life...

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53. "Let Me Feel" by Mariah Chandan

Take my heart; I give it with ease.
Take my hand and walk this journey with me.
Take these scars and heal them all.
Take those fears and let them go when the going gets tough.
Take that smile and let it grow so wide.
Take these arms and hold me so tight.
Take those feelings and make them real.
Show me how I feel at the end.

54. "I carry your heart with me (I carry it in)" by e.e. Cummings

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
I'm never without it (anywhere
I go, you go, my dear; and whatever is done
only with me is your work, my darling)
I fear no fate ('Cause you're my fate, my love)
I don't want a world (for beautiful you are my world, my true one)
and you are what a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing, you are
Here is the deepest secret that no one knows
(Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of a tree called life that grows
higher than the soul can hope or the mind hide)
and that is the miracle that separates the stars
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

55. "When Great Trees Fall" vonMaja Angelou

When big trees fall
rocks on distant hills tremble,
Lions crouch
in tall grass,
and even elephants
wood after safety.

When big trees fall
in forests,
small things fall silent
her senses
Eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We take a short breath.
our eyes, short,
see with hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws at kind words
you can't say
Walks promised
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, tied to
she, says goodbye to us.
our souls,
depending on her
shrink now, wrinkled.
Our mind, formed
and informed by her
radiate, fall off.
We're not that crazy
than reduced to the unspeakable ignorance of
dark, cold

And when great souls die
after a while peace blooms
slowly and always
irregular. fill spaces
with a kind
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be equal, whisper to us.
they existed. they existed.
we can be Be and be
better. Because they existed.

56. "Not how did he die, but how did he live?", Unknown

Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure value
By a man as a man, regardless of his birth.
Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he made friends with those who were really in need?
Was he ever willing, with words of good cheer,
Bring back a smile, banish a tear?
Not what the sketch in the newspaper said
But how many were sorry when he died?

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57. „After Glow“ von Unknown

I want the memory of me
to be happy.
I want to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is over.
I want to leave an echo
whisper softly down the paths,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I want the tears of the mourners
dry in the sun
of happy memories
I leave when life is over

58. "#34" by Rupi Kaur

most importantly love
like it's the only thing you know
all of this at the end of the day
means nothing
this page
where you sit
your degree
your work
the money
nothing really matters
except love and human connection
who you loved
and how much you loved her
how you touched the people around you
and how much you gave them

59. "Epitaph on My Own Friend" by Robert Burns

An honest man lies here at rest,
How e'er God blessed with his image:
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of old age and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with warm virtue,
Few minds with such informed knowledge:
If there is another world, he lives in bliss;
If there aren't any, he's made the best of it.

60. "All is not lost"

The moments of birth
A smooth baby cries in awe:
No, all is not lost...

61. "His Journey Has Just Begun" by Ellen Brenneman

Don't consider him gone
His journey has just begun
life has so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as dormant
of sorrow and tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must wish
that we might know today
like nothing but our sadness
can really go away.

And consider him alive
in the hearts of those he touched...
because nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

62. "The White Chariot" by Julie Johnson

During your trip on your last flight home.
White wings carry you and you are flown.
To the pearly gates of heaven where they will lead you in.
At the feet of your Lord, your Savior and your friend.
He will hold you in his arms and the angels will sing.
When another of his children is freed from white wings.

63. "A Silent Tear" by Gaynor Llewellyn

Just close your eyes and you will see
All the memories you have of me
Just sit and relax and you will find out
I'm really still on your mind
Don't cry for me, now I'm gone
'Cause I'm in the land of songs
There is no pain, there is no fear
So dry away this silent tear
Don't think of me in the dark and in the cold
Because here I am, not old anymore
I'm in this place that's full of love
Known to you all as "UP ABOVE".

64. "Death" by Joe Brainard

Death is a funny thing. Most people are afraid of it, and yet
they don't even know what it is.

Maybe we can work that out.
what is death
It is death. That's it. Finished. "Fine." end of the announcement. no

Death is very different for many different people. I
I think it's safe to say that most people don't like it.

Because they're afraid of it.
Why are you afraid of it?
Because they don't understand.
I think the best way to understand death is to understand it
think about it a lot. Try to deal with it. Really try
understand it. Give it a chance!

Sometimes it helps if we try to visualize things.
For example, try to imagine someone sneaking up on you from behind
your back and hits you on the head with a huge hammer.

Some people prefer to think of death as more spiritual
Thing. Where the soul somehow separates from chaos
and live somewhere else forever. heaven and hell beings
the most traditional decisions.

Death has a very black reputation, but actually dying is
quite normal thing.
And it's so healthy: to be a very important part of
Nature's big picture. Trees are dying, aren't they? And flowers?
It's always nice to know that you're not alone. Even
in death.

Let's think about ants for a moment. Millions of ants are dying
every day, and do we care? no And I'm sure ants sense that
same about us.

But suppose - just suppose - that we didn't have to die.
That wouldn't be great either. A 90-year-old man can hardly
Get up, can you imagine what it would be like to be 500 years old?

Another comforting thought about death is that 80 years or so
After your death, no one who knew you will be alive to miss you.

And after you're dead, you won't even know.

65. "If I Should Go" by Joyce Grenfell

cry if you must
farewell is hell
But life goes on
So sing too

66. "Darling" by Jackie Kay

You might forget the exact sound of her voice
Or what her face looked like when she was asleep.
You might forget the sound of her quiet crying
Curled up in the shape of a crescent,

When she was smaller than herself, she already seemed to be walking
Before she left when the blossom was on the trees
And the sun was shining and all was well in the world.
I held her hand and sang a song from my childhood -

Heil Ya Ho boys, let 'em go boys
And when I stopped singing she was gone
Another slip of a girl, bouncing
Her heart light, her face almost smiling.

And what I didn't know or couldn't see then
That she hadn't actually left.
The dead don't go until you do, beloved.
The dead are still here, holding our hands.

67. "When I Die" by Rumi

When my coffin is picked up
you must never think
i miss this world

Don't shed tears
Don't whine or
To hurt
i don't fall
Into the abyss of a monster

when you see
My body is being carried
Don't cry because of my departure
I do not go
I come to eternal love

If you leave me
Im Grab
Don't say goodbye
Remember there is a grave
Just a curtain
For the paradise beyond

you will only see me
Descent into a tomb
Now watch me rise
How can there be an end
When the sun goes down or
The moon goes down

It looks like the end
It seems like onesunset
But in reality it is a dawn
When the grave imprisons you
Then your soul is free

Have you ever seen
A seed that fell to the ground
Don't get up with a new life
Why should one doubt the ascent
From a seed called human

Have you ever seen
A bucket lowered into a well
come back empty
Why lament for a soul
when it can come again
Like Joseph of the well

when for the last time
you close your mouth
Your words and your soul
Belongs to the world of
No place, no time.

68. „My Symphony“ von William Henry Channing

live contentedly with small means;
looking for elegance instead of luxury,
and sophistication instead of fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
study hard, think calmly,
speak softly, act openly,
listening to the stars and birds
for children and wise
with an open heart
endure everything happily
to all who bravely await opportunities,
never hurry
In a word, leaving the spiritual unbidden
and the unconscious grow up through the common.
This is supposed to be my symphony.

69. "They're Not Dead" by Unknown

you are not dead
Who leave us this great legacy
Of remembered joy.
You still live in our hearts
In the happiness we knew
In the dreams we shared
you are still breathing
In the lingering scent, gone with the wind,
From her favorite flowers.
They're still smiling in the silver of the moonlight
And laugh in the sparkling gold of the sunlight.
They still speak in the echo of the words.
We hear them say it over and over again.
they're still moving
To the rhythm of swaying grass,
In the dance of the throwing branches.
You are not dead;
Your memory is warm in our hearts,
consolation in our grief.
They are not separate from us
But a part of us
Because love is eternal
And those we love will be with us
For all eternity.

70. "The Gardener LXI (Peace My Heart)" by Rabindranath Tagore

Let your hands be the last touch
soft as the flower of the night.
Stand still, O beautiful end, for a
moment and say your last words in
Be silent.
I bow to you and hold my lamp high
to enlighten you on your way.

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71. "I Will Love Death" by Sri Chinmoy

I know I will love death.
Because death too
Is God's creation
And because death reminds me of it
Of her sister's existence:
Infinity’s Life unsterblich.

72. "When I'm Gone" by Lyman Hancock

When I arrive at the end of my journey
And I travel my last tired mile
Just forget if you can that I ever frowned
And just remember the smile

Forget unkind words I've spoken
Remember something good I've done
Forget I've ever had heartbreak
And remember, I had loads of fun

Forget I tripped and tripped
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I've fought some tough battles
And won before the day ends

Then forget to mourn my passing
I wouldn't make you sad a day
But in summer just pick some flowers
And think of the place where I lay

And come into the shadows of the evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand by my side for a few moments
And just remember my best.

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73. "For Katrina's Sundial" by Henry Van Dyke

Time is too slow for those who wait
Too fast for those who fear
Too long for the mourners
Too short for those who rejoice
But for those who love is the time

74. „High Flight“ von John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh! I have slipped out of the sullen bonds of the earth
And danced the sky on laughing silvered wings;
I climbed towards the sun and joined the tumbling merriment
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
They didn't dream of it - rolled and climbed and rocked
High up in the sunlit stillness. hover there,
I've been chasing and hurling along the screaming wind
My eager craft through footless air halls. . . .

High, high the long, madly burning blue
I have scaled the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never flew a lark or an eagle -
And as I walked with a still, uplifting spirit
The high untouched sanctity of space,
Reach out my hand and touch the face of God.

75. "The Greeting of New Life" by Anna Barabauld

Life, we've been together for a long time
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather;
It's hard to part when friends are dear
Perhaps twill tastes a sigh, a tear;
Then steal away, give little warning,
Choose your own time:
Don't say "good night" but in a lighter climate
Say good morning to me.

76. "A Farewell Guest" by James Whitcomb Riley

What lovely guests they are
Live and love!
Lingering I turn away
At this late hour, but glad enough
You haven't withheld anything from me
Your great hospitality.
So with a delighted face
And all thanks, I'm staying
But to shake their hands and say:
'Many Thanks. Such a good time! Good night.'

77. "Hints of Immortality" by William Wordsworth

But what the splendor that was once so bright
Be taken out of my sight forever now
Although nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will not mourn, but find
Strength in what is left.

78. "I fall asleep" by Samuel Butler

I fall asleep in full and sure hope
That my slumber won't be broken;
And even though I forget everything
But I shouldn't be forgotten
But continue this life in thought and deed
from the ones I loved.

79. "How do I love you?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

how do i love you let me count the ways

I love you deep and wide and high
My soul can reach out when it feels out of sight
For the goals of being and ideal grace.

i love you every day
Most need rest, in the sun and candlelight.
I love you freely, as people strive for justice.
I love you pure as they turn away from praise.

I love you with the passion I use
In my old sorrow and with the faith of my childhood.
I love you with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. i love you with breath
smiles, tears of my whole life; and if god wants
I will only love you better after death.

80. "He who is on the ground need not fear a fall" by John Bunyan

Those who are on the ground need not fear a fall,
He who is low has no pride;
Those who are humble always will
let God be his guide.
I'm content with what I have
Be it a little or a lot;
And, Lord, contentment will I long for
Because you save such.
abundance is such a burden
The pilgrims:
Here little and afterwards bliss,
Is best from age to age.

81. "When I'm Dead, My Love" directed by Christina Rossetti

When I'm dead my love
Don't sing me sad songs;
Don't plant roses on my head
Still shady cypress:
Be the green grass above me
Wet with showers and dewdrops;
And if you want, remember
And if you want, forget it.

I won't see the shadows
I won't feel the rain;
I won't hear the nightingale
Keep singing like you're in pain:
And dream through the twilight
That doesn't go up or down
Maybe I remember
And maybe forgotten.

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82. "Death" by Sean Hughes

I want to be cremated
I know how boring funerals can be
I want people to gather
to meet new people
laugh, dance, meet a loved one

83. "My Angel" by CJR

I wake up in the morning
And I look at the sky.
I wonder why he took you
before I said goodbye.

I look up at the stars at night
And know that you're looking down
I'd like to think that you're proud of me
But I'm just stumbling around.

I crawl into bed and close my eyes
And realize that you're gone.
Then come the fears and then the tears
And life just seems so wrong.

I look up to the sky
And I know you fly by
My angel watches over me
I'm happy while I'm crying.

84. „Turn Again to Life“ von Mary Lee Hall

If I should die and
Leave you here for a while
Don't be wounded like others
Who keep long vigils
Through the silent dust and cry.
Turn around again for my sake
To live and smile
nerves your heart
And do trembling hand
Something to comfort you
Different hearts than yours.
Complete these dear
unfinished tasks of mine,
And me maybe
May it comfort you in it.

85. "Fallen Limb" by Unknown

A branch fell from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Don't mourn for me."
Remember the best of times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.

Carry on my legacy, I'm counting on you.
Keep smiling and sure the sun will shine through.
My mind is at rest, my soul is at rest.
I remember everything as truly blessed.

Carry on traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls
I miss you all very much, so cheer up.
Until the day comes, we'll be together again.

86. "How Wonderful is Death" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

How wonderful is death
Death and his brother Sleep!
One pale like the waning moon there
With bright blue lips;
The other, rosy as the morning
When he is enthroned on the ocean waves
It blushes over the world;
And yet both so wonderful!

87. "On Death" by Kahlil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke and said: We would now ask death.
And he said:
You would know the secret of death.
But how are you supposed to find it if you don't look for it in the heart of life?
The owl, whose night-bound eyes are blind to the day, cannot reveal the secret of light.
If you really want to see the spirit of death, open your heart wide to the body of life.
For life and death are one, as the river and the sea are one.
In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the hereafter;
And like seeds dreaming under the snow, your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, because in them the gate to eternity is hidden.
Your agony is but the shepherd's trembling when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid on him in honor.
Isn't the shepherd rejoicing in his trembling that he will bear the king's mark?
But does he no longer think of his trembling?
For what is dying but standing naked in the wind and merging with the sun?
And what is to stop breathing than to free the breath of its restless tide so that it may rise and expand and seek God lightheartedly?
Only when you drink from the river of stillness will you truly sing.
And when you have reached the top of the mountain, then you shall start climbing.
And when the earth claims your limbs, then you will really dance.

88. "Should You Go First" von A.A. Roswell

You should go first and I'll stay
go the way alone
I'll live in the garden of memories, dear
with happy days that we know
In spring I wait for red roses,
When the lilac fades to blue
in early fall when brown leaves are calling
I'll catch a glimpse of you

You should go first and I'll stay
to fight battles
every thing you touched along the way
will be a holy place
I will hear your voice;
i will see your smile
though I'm groping blindly
the memory of your helping hand
will cheer me up with hope

You should go first and I'll stay
to finish the scroll,
no lengthening shadows creep in
To make this life seem funny
We know so much luck
We have drunk our cup of joy,
and memory is a gift from God
that death cannot destroy

Should you go first and I stay
One thing I would ask of you;
Walk slowly down this long lonely path
because soon I will follow you
I want to know every step you take
that I can go right away
for a day on this lonely road
You will hear me calling your name

89. "Last Will and Testament" by Max Scratchman

And as I sit on my cloud and look down at the earth
I'll watch you use my worldly goods for feasting and merriment,
And that will make me smile and laugh heartily.

90. "It Was Like This: You Were Happy" by Jane Hirshfield

It was like this:
you were happy then you were sad
then happy again, then not.
It went on.
You were innocent or you were guilty.
Action has been taken or not.
Sometimes you spoke, sometimes you were silent.
Most of the time it seemed like you were silent - what could you have said?
It's almost over now.
Like a lover bends your life and kisses your life.
It does not do this in forgiveness—
between you there is nothing to forgive—
but for the moment with the simple nod of a baker
he sees that the bread has finished transforming.
Even the food is only something for others.
It doesn't matter what they will make of you
or your days: they will err,
You'll miss the wrong woman, miss the wrong man,
all stories they tell will be stories of their own invention.
Her story was this: They were. happy, then you were sad
you slept, you woke up.
Sometimes you ate roasted chestnuts, sometimes persimmons.

91. „And Death Shall Have No Dominion“ von Dylan Thomas

And death will have no dominion.
Naked dead they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones are gone,
They shall have stars on their elbows and feet;
Though they go mad they will be sane
Though they sink by the sea, they will rise again;
Though lovers perish, love will not;
And death will have no dominion.

And death will have no dominion.
Under the meanders of the sea
The long loungers should not die in the wind;
Spin on racks when the tendons buckle
Strapped to a wheel, let them not break;
Faith in her hands will break in two
And theEinhornevil they perform;
Split all ends so they don't crack;
And death will have no dominion.

And death will have no dominion.
May no more seagulls cry in their ears
Or waves crash loudly on the shores;
Where a flower blows, there must be no more flowers
Lift up his head to the slaps of the rain;
Though they're mad and dead as nails
Characters' heads bang through daisies;
Break in the sun 'til the sun goes down
And death will have no dominion

92. "Our Memories Build a Special Bridge" by Emily Mathews

When loved ones have to part
To make us feel they were still with them
And soothe a sorrowing heart
They span the years and warm our lives
Preserve ties that bind
Our memories build a special bridge
And bring us rest.

93. „Inside Our Dreams“ von Jeanne Willis

Where do people go when they die?
Somewhere below or in the sky?
'I'm not sure,' said Grandpa, 'but it seems
They just settled into our dreams.”

94. "A Happy Man" by Edwin Arlington Robinson

When you see those scratched lines
Traveler, do not pity me;
Though I'm among the dead
Don't drop a sad word.

95. „Trost“ von Robert Louis Stevenson

Though he, so kind and true,
Stout held with you step by step,
All your long, stormy life through
Be gone a while before
Now be gone a moment before
But doubt not, soon the seasons will be restored
your friend for you

He just turned the corner - still
He pushes on with right goodwill,
Through swamp and swamp, through haygh and hill,
The same arduous path –
The same high country, hopeful way,
That you and he get through many doubtful days
Tried yet.

He's not dead, this friend - not dead,
But on the path that we mortals walk
I have a few small steps ahead
And closer to the end;
So that you too, once behind the curve,
Will see that friend again, face to face
you feel dead

Cheerfully press on, strong heart! the while
You drive mile after mile
He dawdles with a backward smile
until you can overtake
And strains his eyes to seek his trail,
Or whistling when he sees you through the brakes
Waiting on a stile.

96. "All Nature Has Feeling" by John Clare

All nature has a feeling: forests, fields, streams
Are life eternal: and are they silent
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There is nothing mortal about them; her decay
Is the green life of change; die
And come back in bloom.
His birth was heaven, it is his abode forever,
And with the sun and moon will still remain
Under their day and their night and the sky far.

97. „Love Lives on“ von Unknown

Those we love stay with us
because love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one is gone.
The ones we love never can
be more than a thought apart
as long as there is a memory
You will live on in my heart.

98. "Farewell" by Emily Brontë

Farewell! But no farewell
To all my loving thoughts of you;
They shall still live in my heart
And they will cheer and comfort me.
Life seems sweeter than you lived
And true men, you would be one;
Nothing is lost what you gave
Nothing destroys what you have done.

99. „Alive“ von Winifred Mary Letts

'Cause you're alive, though out of sight and reach
I will, so help me God, also live bravely,
On the road with laughter and gay speech,
Awake, determined to give life everything it deserves.
I will please my soul with many things,
The whims of the street and books and plays,
Great rocks and waves riddled with seagull wings
Star-studded winter nights, days of gold harvest.

I will praise for your sake what I have missed,
The sweet content of long lives united,
The sunrise joy of lovers who have kissed
Children with flower faces, happy women.
And finally I will praise death that gives new
Brave life full of adventure and love - and you.

100. "Remember" by Christina Rossetti

remember me when i'm gone
Gone far away in the silent land;
When you can't hold my hand anymore
Nor do I half turn to go, nor do I turn.
Remember me if not more day by day
You tell me about our future that you planned:
Just remember me You understand
It will then be too late for counsel or prayer.
But if you should forget me for a while
And after that, remember, don't grieve;
For when the darkness and corruption go
A remnant of the thoughts I once had
Better by far you should forget and smile
Then you should think about it and be sad.

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What is a poem to commemorate someone who has passed away? ›

In Loving Memory poems are used funerals and memorial services. These funeral poems can be part of a tribute, prayer, eulogy or reading. Remembrance poems are sometimes included in funeral and memorial printing , such as funeral programs, memorial bookmarks, memorial cards and keepsakes.

How do you write a poem about someone who has passed away? ›

This tip guide will further assist you in writing poetry about death and grief while mourning.
  1. Take Your Time. The topic of death is a very heavy theme. ...
  2. Withhold Nothing. When you are ready to start writing, bring everything to the foreground. ...
  3. Powerful, Poetic Purpose. ...
  4. Compose Yourself. ...
  5. Don't be Afraid to Share.

What do you read at a loved one's funeral? ›

Famous funeral poems
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep (1932) ...
  • Death is nothing at all (1910) ...
  • Let Me Go. ...
  • She is Gone (He is gone) (1981) ...
  • I'm There Inside Your Heart. ...
  • Funeral Blues (1936) ...
  • To Sleep (1819) ...
  • Warm Summer Sun (1896)

Who wrote the funeral poem all is well? ›

A short but uplifting funeral poem by famous Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, about saying goodbye to a loved one.

How do you honor the memories of your loved ones who already passed away? ›

9 Ways to Honor a Loved One Who Has Passed
  1. Keep something of theirs with you. ...
  2. Support a cause close to their heart, and yours. ...
  3. Make a tribute donation to a nonprofit. ...
  4. Create a living reminder. ...
  5. Dedicate an event to their memory. ...
  6. Start a new tradition. ...
  7. Share their stories and photos. ...
  8. Live your best life.
3 Feb 2018

What to say in a tribute to someone who has passed away? ›

Start by giving a brief introduction of who you are and what your relationship was to the deceased. Share personal stories and anecdotes about your loved one, along with anything that will help celebrate and honor their life, such as: Reading their favorite poem or song lyrics.

What to write in a memory book for someone who has passed? ›

Examples include:
  • You and your family will be in my thoughts.
  • Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
  • My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
  • My heart goes out to you all.

What do you write when someone passes away you love? ›

The best things to say when someone dies
  • I'm so sorry for your loss.
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • They will be so missed.
  • I'm very sorry to hear this tragic news.
  • I'm shocked and saddened by this devastating news.
  • I can't imagine how you must feel right now.
  • If you want to talk, I'm here at any time.
19 May 2022

Do you read a eulogy at a celebration of life? ›

Plan your celebration of life eulogy speech for the ceremony

Simply put, it's a tribute ceremony to draw comfort, celebrate and acknowledge a loved one's death, their life, accomplishments, achievements and their wins. You can include readings, poems, music and have a sing-a-long to mark their passing.

How do you read a funeral without crying? ›

Tips for Getting Through a Funeral Speech
  1. Look at your speech like an opportunity. ...
  2. Preparation is key. ...
  3. Listen to your heart. ...
  4. Don't worry about getting emotional. ...
  5. Have a glass of water and some tissues handy. ...
  6. Memorise parts of the speech. ...
  7. Think about eye contact. ...
  8. Don't rush through it.

What is a good psalm for a funeral? ›

Psalm 23 is one of the most famous Psalms in the Bible, and a popular choice for many occasions, including funerals. Its peaceful message recalls the faith of the person who has died, and gives hope to those who are attending the funeral.

What poem was read at Bob Dole's funeral? ›

Bob Dole often recited 'The Dash' poem in speeches. His longtime staffer read it at his funeral. "When your eulogy is being read with your life's actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?" asks Linda Ellis' poem "The Dash," which was read at former Kansas U.S. Sen.

What poem starts Do not stand at my grave and weep? ›

"Do not stand at my grave and weep" is the first line and popular title of the bereavement poem "Immortality", written by Clare Harner in 1934.

Who wrote the Remembrance Day poem? ›

In Flanders Fields marks its 105th anniversary this year. Lt. -Col. John McCrae, serving as a medical officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, wrote the poem in the spring of 1915 as the First World War entered its 11th month.

How do you communicate with loved ones who have passed? ›

It is still possible to communicate with or about a loved one after they have died. This can include writing them letters, sharing stories about them with close relations or strangers who ask, or speaking to them directly.

How do you honor someone who has passed away on their birthday? ›

6 Ways to Remember a Loved One's Birthday Who Has Died
  1. Light a Candle. Some people buy a cake and blow out candles on a deceased loved one's birthday. ...
  2. Share a Memory Online. ...
  3. Write Them a Letter. ...
  4. Enjoy a Shared Pastime. ...
  5. Donate in Their Memory. ...
  6. Send a Gift to Their Family.
18 Jun 2020

How do you show respect to a family member who passed away? ›

Here are nine simple ways to do that:
  1. Visit them. In a bygone century, families and couples would go to the cemetery in order to stroll, sit, and reflect on life. ...
  2. Fix a Flag. ...
  3. Pick Up Trash. ...
  4. Volunteer for a Cemetery. ...
  5. Don't Speak Ill of Them. ...
  6. Honor Their Resting Place. ...
  7. Honor Them. ...
  8. Pray for Them.

What is a good memorial prayer? ›

May God give to you and all whom you love his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy, in this world and the next; and the blessing of God almighty, the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you this day and for ever. Amen.

What do you say in loving memory? ›

In Loving Memory Quotes to Express Condolence

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” [Psalm 34:18] “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4] “The object is not to forget, but to remember to go on.” [Unknown] “Do not think of me as gone.

How do you write a tribute to someone you love? ›

Tributes provide a unique opportunity to sing the praises of someone you love. In a tribute, write about the person's best qualities and successes in life. Share how they changed your life or made you a better version of yourself. Summon admiration for their life's work and what it meant to them.

Who usually speaks at a celebration of life? ›

There is no hard and fast rule as to who should give the eulogy speech at a funeral. It's typically given by those who were particularly close, or had a special relationship with, the loved one who passed. It could be a best friend, a spouse, a child or grandchild, or even a co-worker.

What is a good song to celebrate someone's life? ›

If you want to raise everyone's spirits, play one of these uplifting memorial songs: “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner. “Always Look at the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

How long should a celebration of life speech last? ›

The average eulogy is three to five minutes. It's not uncommon to have multiple eulogists, so be concise in your remarks.

What do you write in a memory poem? ›

Write about what emotions you feel when you remember this time in your life. Does this memory make you feel happy, wistful, angry or hurt? Why? No matter what, poetry is a fantastic way to explore and accept whatever you're feeling.

How do you write a tribute story? ›

What should you include in a loved one's funeral tribute?
  1. Notable achievements.
  2. Their personality.
  3. Their hobbies and passions.
  4. Their careers.
  5. Positive qualities.
  6. Their relationships with family and friends.
  7. Memorable stories.
  8. Their lasting legacy.

What do you write on a tribute wall? ›

A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.

What is better to say than rest in peace? ›

Rest in paradise with eternal love, sweet Grandmother. We will miss you forever. 10. May he rest easy in grace and love and shine down on all of us.

What happens at a celebration of life? ›

Depending on the mood, the celebration can range from a super casual gathering where people mingle, eat or even dance. There may be a toast, a few stories shared and more simple bonding over a mutual friend. Some celebrations of life may be more organized and have a formalized schedule.

What makes a powerful eulogy? ›

The best eulogies are respectful and solemn, but they also give mourners some comic relief. A bit of roasting is fine if it suits who the person was and the family has a sense of humor. Close your eulogy by directly addressing the person who died, something like “Joe, thank you for teaching me how to be a good father.”

What is the most important part of a eulogy? ›

The most important part is to focus on how and why they were important to you; eulogies don't need to be polished and perfect. It can be helpful to step away from a first draft and revisit with a fresh pair of eyes. Share your first draft with friends or family members for their input.

What are the three primary elements within an eulogy? ›

Eulogies can take many forms. Some people who deliver a eulogy choose to open with a poem, a religious reading, or a personal anecdote, while others might choose to use these elements as a closing thought. Regardless of which approach you choose, a reliable structure involves three parts: a beginning, middle, and end.

What is the most emotional part of a funeral? ›

Sadness. This is perhaps the most common and universal emotion to experience at a funeral. The experience of loss naturally results in sadness, and the more you loved and cherished the one you lost, the more sadness you'll probably feel.

What is the most common thing said at a funeral? ›

Offering Condolences: What to Say at a Funeral
  • “I am so sorry for your loss”
  • “You and your loved one are in my thoughts and prayers”
  • “This is so sad to hear, I'm thinking of you and the family”
  • “If you want to talk at any time, I'm here”
  • “Shocked and saddened by this news if you need anything I'm here”

What's the hardest part of a funeral? ›

The 10 Hardest Parts of the Funeral Industry
  • One. The Silence. Silence is the voice of death. ...
  • Two. The Money. Aside from the silence, tallying up the bill is always difficult for me. ...
  • Three. Flirting. ...
  • Four. Tragic deaths. ...
  • Five. Transference. ...
  • Six. Morticians not Magicians. ...
  • Seven. The Night Calls. ...
  • Eight. Meeting Our Own Demons.
13 Sept 2016

What is a good Bible verse for a celebration of life? ›

John 11:25-26. Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.

What is the most comforting Psalm in the Bible? ›

Psalm 62:1-2

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

What is the most comforting scripture? ›

2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

What poem is read on Remembrance Day? ›

What poem is read on Remembrance Day? The Ode of Remembrance is perhaps the most famous of the remembrance day poems. The ode is a section of a longer poem, 'For the fallen' by Laurence Binyon.

What is the name of the poem that is recited on Remembrance Day? ›

Ode of Remembrance

What poem did the Queen Mother have at her funeral? ›

Included by the Queen on the order of service for the Queen Mother's funeral on Tuesday 9th April 2002, the poem 'She Is Gone' was credited to 'Anon'.

What is the poem about the grave life dust? ›

Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.

Who wrote the poem don't grieve for me? ›

A short but uplifting funeral poem by famous Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, about saying goodbye to a loved one.

Who wrote Do not stand by my grave and weep? ›

Written by Mary Elizabeth Frye in the 1930's, 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep' is a popular poem to be read at funeral services.

Why did poppies grow on the battlefields? ›

Since the seeds need light to grow, they only germinate in disturbed soils. Trench digging, bombs, and mass cemeteries decimated Europe's landscape during World War I, causing millions of poppies to bloom on the disrupted soil.

Why are the poppies red poem? ›

Because, my child, men fought and died In the field where poppies grow. But why are the poppies so red, mummy? Why are the poppies so red? Red is the colour of blood, my child, The blood that our soldiers shed.

What hymn is sung on Remembrance Sunday? ›

The hymn 'O God our Help in Ages Past' is a favourite for remembrance ceremonies and is always sung at the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London. Written in 1708 by Isaac Watts, it was inspired by Psalm 90 and has a strong message of promise and hope.

Who wrote Funeral Blues Edgar Allan Poe? ›

'Funeral Blues” was written in the 1900's by an author named W.H Auden. It is a popular poem, and was included in the British movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” in which it is read at a funeral. The poem is about losing a loved...

Who wrote when you're old and GREY and full of sleep? ›

“When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats.

Who is the author of The death poem? ›

Zheng Ting (郑颋 ? - 621), was a politician in the end of Sui Dynasty. He was executed by Wang Shichong after trying to resign from his official position under Wang and become a Buddhist monk. He faced the execution without fear and wrote this death poem, which reflected his strong Buddhism belief.

Who wrote the Alzheimers poem? ›

Alzheimer's by Bob Hicock - Scottish Poetry Library.

What is Edgar Allan Poe most famous poem? ›

Poe achieved arguably his greatest triumph in 1845 when his poem, “The Raven,” was published to great acclaim. It is often billed as the most famous poem in American literature, and for a time the poem made him a celebrity. Despite his success, Poe remained impoverished and all but destitute.

What is the first line of the poem Funeral Blues? ›

Auden's poem “Funeral Blues” is better known by its first line, “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,” and perhaps for good reason.

Who wrote the poem I am the captain of my soul? ›

How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” Poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) penned the words of his immortal Invictus (unconquered in Latin) after years of painful tuberculosis (TB) infection of his bones, eventually losing his leg to the disease.

What is the moral lesson of the poem When You Are Old? ›

Through the speaker's words to the addressee, the poem argues that time passes by quicker than people realize—and that once youth is gone, it is truly irretrievable. The poem takes an imagined look into the future day-to-day existence of the addressee.

What are the words to the poem Stop all the clocks? ›

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, 2. Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, 3. Silence the pianos and with muffled drum 4. Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Who wrote the words all life death does end and each day dies with sleep? ›

ii. 48-49). original manuscript "at worstwhiles" because that would contradict the first words ("No worst") of the poem. Hopkins then follows through this image to champion sleep as the alleviation: "all / Life death does end and each day dies with sleep."

Who wrote on the death of the beloved? ›

Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Who wrote the poem heaven? ›

In the last analysis, 'Heaven' is Rupert Brooke's great satirical poem, and deserves to be placed alongside his patriotic war poems and his poem idealising Edwardian England shortly before the outbreak of the Great War. 'Squamous', by the way, means 'covered in scales'. Fishy indeed.

What is the Alzheimer's prayer? ›

Loving God, Healer and Comforter,

Look with mercy upon their distress, confusion or isolation. Shelter them where dignity and peace abound. Grant them understanding helpers and the willingness to accept help.

Who wrote the poem prayer? ›

Fortunately, George Herbert wasn't like most of us. Back in the 17th century, he wrote the poem “Prayer,” which is a list of 26 metaphors for prayer. This poem contains some of the most beautiful descriptions of prayer in the English language.


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