Christian poems for funeral services are available at GivingTreeGifts.com, Heavens Inspiration and Affinity Funerals. Poetry from the Bible, as found in the Psalms provides another source. These poems express the feeling of loss of remaining loved ones and the faith that life does not end at the grave.
The funeral service provides a way for friends and family members to say goodbye to a person who has died. The service usually has several elements, including music, scripture reading, poems and a eulogy. In some services, family members or friends may wish to speak. Poetry in the service offers an effective means of expressing the depth of the emotion of the mourners.
At the time of death, highly charged emotions make the process of planning a funeral difficult. Many people leave help for their family by pre-planning the service. Sometimes, the deceased leaves an appropriate poem for the service with the other plans.
If the deceased was a church member, it is common to ask the minister of his church to conduct the service. If the family does not have a choice for poetry to read at the service, the minister serves as a resource for appropriate readings, especially if he was well acquainted with the person. The mortuary also takes an active role in planning each element of the memorial service.