What Is a Memorial Poem?

What Is a Memorial Poem?

A memorial poem refers to either a poem written to commemorate someone's life after they die or to an existing poem chosen for a funeral, wake or memorial service. Mourners and preachers often read or recite poems as part of speeches, prayers or eulogies.

Memorial poems also appear on funeral announcements, programs and bulletins. No matter the specific use, the poems seek to mourn or celebrate the individual that has died, as well as to comfort loved ones of the departed. Selected poems include works important to the deceased, as well as often used poems, such as anonymously written "A Fallen Limb" and Robert Frost's "The Road not Taken." Bible verses, especially Psalms, sometimes find use as memorial poems.