Find the right words to honour your loved one

If you are looking for that special poem or reading for your loved one’s funeral or memorial, Brunskill Family Funerals has a selection here that may be the ideal choice, or inspiration in finding or creating your own choice of funeral poem.

A carefully chosen verse, poem or reading can say so much about how we are feeling following the death of a family member or friend. They can bring comfort and solace, either just to read in a reflective quiet moment or as a personal tribute to be used during a ceremony or included as part of a service sheet.

Our team is happy to provide advice and support. We work with families and friends with funeral arrangements in Kingston, Wandsworth, Hounslow and the wider area. If where you live is not listed above, it doesn’t mean that we can’t care for your family. We are happy to travel across the UK where required.

View our sample poems

Not, how did he die, but how did he live?

Not, how did he die, but how did he live?
Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of his birth.
Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away?
Anonymous

She Is Gone (He Is Gone)

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
David Harkins

If you are thinking of having a funeral poem reading at your loved one’s ceremony, speak to the team at Brunskill Family Funerals.

We are happy to tailor your loved one’s funeral to meet your exact needs. Call Brunskill Family Funerals today on 020 3887 2090.