Some popular poems to use at a funeral are “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep” and “A Time for Everything.” Each of these poems can be a good choice to use at a memorial service, although one may be more suitable than the other depending on the particular circumstances.
“Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep” was written by Mary Frye in 1932 and opens with the famous lines “Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep.” The piece speaks as if from the perspective of the deceased and comforts loved ones by assuring them of continued existence. It has no direct religious connotations and focuses on affirmations of the person’s transcendence of the physical realm.
“A Time for Everything” is a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible and begins with the well-known words “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” This poem is popular at both secular and religious funeral services and reflects upon the natural cycle of life and death.
A poem used for a funeral should be selected carefully and with regard to the beliefs of the deceased and to the type of service being held.