Some appropriate poems for funerals include "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, "Look for Me in Rainbows" by Conn Bernard and Vicki Brown, and "Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep" by Mary Frye. "A Time for Everything" is passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the King James Bible that is very appropriate for funerals. Another Bible passage that is frequently used in funeral services is Psalm 23, a Psalm of David.
"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" is a poem about a son imploring his father to defy death and fight for life. It can be read for someone who fought to make the most out of life even when faced with a terminal illness. "Look for Me in Rainbows" is a poem that inspires the feeling that even though someone may be gone, the ones he loved can still look for comfort in the beautiful things around them. If they look for their departed loved ones in rainbows, they are reminded that those people are still with them.
"Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep" describes how people who have passed are still alive in the snow, the rain and the starlight, so people should not stand at their graves and weep, because they simply are not there.
Some other appropriate poems by classic authors include "Warm Summer Sun" by Mark Twain, "To Laugh Often and Much" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, "Farewell" by Anne Bronte and "A Clear Midnight" by Walt Whitman.