One memorial poem that represents a family's feelings is Helen Keller's short verse: "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us." Memorial poems express the belief that, although loved ones are gone, they are not forgotten.
Poems from family members reveal that the deceased was important to them, and their memories are highly valued as well. Mark Twain's poem "Warm Summer Sun" lets the family wish the deceased peace. "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost suggests that beautiful and meaningful parts of life are also fleeting. A poem that displays remembrance of loved ones throughout the seasons is "We Remember Them" by Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer.