Funeral Etiquette

Using a Funeral Poem to Express Sympathy

Losing a loved one can happen at anytime.  Each of us will cope with grief and loss in a different way.  May people find it difficult to express themselves in writing in normal day-to-day issues; however, the added stress of the loss of a loved one can exacerbate those issues.  Putting their thoughts in a condolence card just won’t work.  To assist those who are struggling with how to say, or in this case, write the right thing, here are some heartfelt words that may just work for a sympathy card.  These funeral poems may help with the writers block or may erase the need to write something original.  Remember, it’s the thought that counts.

Choose a Funeral Poem to Express Your Sympathy

Sharing in your sorrow
Thinking of you and wishing
I could be there
to hold your hand.

You’re in our thoughts
Please know how much
you are loved
and how deeply
your loss is felt by all.

Thinking of You
Wishing you hope
in the midst of sorrow,
comfort in the midst of pain.

Remembering with you…
…the life of someone so dear.

May hope and peace
be yours today and always.

The sorrow of the faithful
is not that of permanent loss,
but the tender sense of sadness
that comes in saying good-bye for now
to someone we love.
May today’s sorrow give way
to the peace and
comfort of God’s love.

There is comfort in friendship,
hope in prayer,
peace in love.

Sharing in your sorrow
with love and friendship.

May the love of those around you,
help you through the days ahead.

Someone so special…
…can never be forgotten.

May it make your sorrow
Easier for you to bear
Knowing there are others
Who understand and care.

May knowing you’re
in the hearts and thoughts of others
help you and yours
through this time of sorrow.

Extending deepest sympathy
For you in your loss.
And hoping, too,
That comfort and peace
May come to you.

This comes to say
That many thoughts,
Sincere as they can be,
Are going out to you today
In deepest sympathy.

At a time like this, we are at a loss for words
to express our condolence to someone who has lost a loved one.
How to say it to bring comfort?
How to say that we care?
How to say that we understand?

It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again.

Praying for friends to comfort you,
faith to uphold you,
and loving memories
to help you smile again.

At this time of sorrow,
may these truths sustain you…
Your loved one will always
be as close as a memory,
and the God of all comfort
will always be as
close as a prayer.

Words, however kind,
can’t mend your heartache:
but those who care and
share your loss wish you
comfort and peace of mind.
May you find strength
in the love of family

and in the warm embrace
of friends

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