Funeral Planning and Funeral Etiquette

Funeral Etiquette Through Prayer Cards, Notes,
and Famous Funeral Poems

Funeral etiquette can be viewed as a gesture of kindness and caring, and is often accomplished by writing a personal note which shares the many wonderful and positive thoughts, wishes, and memories of the deceased.  The main purpose is obviously to help the bereaved in their journey through their grief and loss, and helping them reach the point where they can begin the healing process.

After someone loses a loved one, the natural tendency for most people is to focus on the positive aspects, such as recalling the wonderful and special memories of their loved one.  However, sometimes it is necessary to send a condolence card or a funeral poem to someone you care about, regardless of how close of a relationship you have.  An excellent option can also be sending a condolence card that contains a famous funeral poem.

So rather than trying to focus on making someone feel the way you feel might be best by writing about positive memories or recalling positive stories, the most proper funeral etiquette is likely to send a condolence card that includes a funeral poem. The reality is that by simply showing your empathy and sending a note that truly expresses your sadness and sorrow can be much more appropriate and appreciated.

Funeral Poems Written by Famous People

He kept at true good humor’s mark

The social flow of pleasure’s tide,

He never made a brow look dark

Nor caused a tear, but when he died.

Thomas Love Peacock

There’s no use in weeping

Though we are condemned to part,

There’s such a thing as keeping

A remembrance in one’s heart.

Charlotte Bronte

Look for the rainbow

that gracious thing,

made up of tears and light.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This world is not conclusion

A sequel stands beyond,

Invisible, as music,

But positive, as sound.

Emily Dickinson

Every blade in the field

Every leaf in the forest,

Lays down its life in its seasons

As beautifully as it was taken up.

Henry David Thoreau

Though nothing can bring back the hour

of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower,

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind.

William Wordsworth

Like a bird

Singing in the rain,

Let grateful memories

Survive in time of sorrow.

Robert Louis Stevens

Additional Funeral Etiquette Information and Support:

Funeral Etiquette for Immediate Family Members

Funeral Etiquette for Distant Relatives and Friends

Funeral Poems of Sympathy

Sympathy Cards

Sympathy Card Comments

Sympathy Quotes

Thank You Notes

Wording for Condolence Cards