Poems are popular tools for sharing our sorrow and loss. Under certain circumstances, a poignant verse may be included as part of a published obituary. Often available print space or budget concerns may influence the length of an obituary so striking the appropriate balance between brevity and impact is important when selecting poems for obituaries.
Below are examples of bold statements being made with an economy of words.
Short Obituary Poems
Traditional Gaelic Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
Warm Summer Sun
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.
Tears water our growth.
– William Shakespeare
Gone yet not forgotten,
Although we are apart,
Your spirit lives within me,
Forever in my heart.
Grief is the price we pay for love.
Until we meet again, may God Hold you in the palm of his hand.
– Irish Prayer
James Whitcomb Riley
I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead – she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of a hand
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since she lingers there.
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.
For Katrina’s Sun Dial
Henry Van Dyke
Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is Eternity.
May you find comfort in the arms of an angel.
– Unknown Author
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why.
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