How to choose a funeral poem?

Choosing a funeral poem to honour and pay tribute to your loved one can be especially challenging. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start, you can ask your Funeral Director, Celebrant or Minister for advise.

Funeral poems don’t have to be sad. Consider an uplifting poem or adding humour to the reading, as long as it’s not offensive. Poems about life, love, and family are great options to pay your respects. You may wish to consider writing your own poem to pay tribute to your loved one. Incorporate their wonderful memories, characteristics, and traits into the poem to make it personal.

Some popular poems include Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elizabeth Fry, and Remember by Christina Rossetti. More contemporary choices, such as Funeral Blues by WH Auden – made famous by the film Four Weddings and a Funeral – or something humorous like A Long Cup of Tea by Michael Ashby, can help the funeral feel more modern or personal too.

Still not sure what poem to pick? See our selection of popular poems for funerals, by visiting our funeral poem page at