Today we’ll be taking a moment to look at the forty best funeral poems for your brother.
The loss of a brother can cause such pain, and it can leave us searching for something to ease that pain. We may also need reminders that though current days seem dark and we face many sleepless nights, there is still hope, love, and joy to be found — even in the midst of our grieving.
As you wade through these potentially unfamiliar waters, there are actually a lot of things that can help bring comfort and relief to your heart.
Sometimes talking about his beautiful life and memories with family members can help. Other times looking through old photographs, wrapping yourself in his jacket, making his favorite meal, or watching his favorite movie can give an almost unprecedented amount of relief.
Two other common things that people find comfort in during times of sorrow are music and poetry. The latter is what we’ll be focusing on today.
Poetry is a time honored means by which humans can give voice to their sorrow, find rest and hope for their broken heart, and pay tribute to those who have passed on before them.
Whether you’re looking specifically for a beautiful poem to be read at the funeral or included in your heartfelt eulogy, or you’re simply seeking that comfort that only the right words can provide; we hope that within this collection of funeral poems you can find one that speaks to your heart.
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15 Best In Loving Memory Funeral Poems for Your Brother
We’ll start with this selection of fifteen of the best memorial poems we’ve found.
Some are short poems, sweet and direct. Others are longer and encompass a greater scope of emotions that you may be experiencing following the loss of your brother.
At the close of day, what makes a memorial poem good isn’t necessarily its length or eloquence, but the way it speaks to you or honors your loved one.
1. Love Lives On
You went away so suddenly
We did not say goodbye
But brothers can never be parted
Precious memories never die.
2. Do Not Stand By My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye
3. Weep Not for Me
I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years
There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on.
He is not dead, this friend — not dead,
But in the path we mortals tread
Got some few, trifling steps ahead
And nearer to the end;
So that you too, once past the bend,
Shall meet again, as face to face, this friend
You fancy dead.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Death held our Lord in prison
For sin that did undo us;
But he hath up arisen
And brought our life back to us.
Therefore must we gladsome be,
Praise our God, and thankful be,
And sing out hallelujah! Hallelujah!
6. Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little – but not for long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me, but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone;
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.
7. Death Is Nothing At All
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
9. Fleeting Breath
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee.
10. On Joy and Sorrow
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Alone unto our Father’s will
One thought hath reconciled;
That He whose love exceedeth ours
Hath taken home His child.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, I will think of bygone days of glee,
Though on each point of bitter sorrow driven;
I will not bid thee to remember me,
But oh! see to it that we meet in Heaven.
We tarry yet, we are toiling still,
He is gone and he fares the best,
He fought against odds, he struggled up hill,
He has fairly earned his season of rest;
No tears are needed, fill out the wine,
Let the goblets clash, and the grape juice flow;
Ho! pledge me a death-drink, comrade mine,
To a brave man gone where we all must go.
Adam Lindsay Gordon
14. Funeral Hymn
“Man dieth and wasteth away,
And where is he?”— Hark! from the skies
I hear a voice answer and say,
“The spirit of man never dies:
His body, which came from the earth,
Must mingle again with the sod;
But his soul, which in heaven had birth,
Returns to the bosom of God.”
No terror has death, or the grave,
To those who believe in the Lord—
We know the Redeemer can save,
And lean on the faith of his word;
While ashes to ashes, and dust
We give unto dust, in our gloom,
The light of salvation, we trust,
Is hung like a lamp in the tomb.
George Pope Morris
15. No Tears in Heaven
There are no tears in heaven, nor grief of any kind
I leave this final tear drop to those I left behind
Though absent from the body I’m present with the Lord
The joy of my salvation is now my full reward.
Short Funeral Poems for Brother
This selection of poems would be appropriate to include in your brother’s funeral program or memorial service as they are short, beautiful tributes to his memory.
16. My Brother
You are my brother not by choice,
but by the nature of our birth
I could not have chosen a better one
you were the best on earth.
17. Intimations of Immortality
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.
Farewell to thee! but not farewell
To all my fondest thoughts of thee:
Within my heart they still shall dwell;
And they shall cheer and comfort me.
So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.
20. Homesick in Heaven
Then spread your folded wings, and leave to earth
The dust once breathing ye have mourned so long,
Till Love, new risen, owns his heavenly birth,
And sorrow’s discords sweeten into song!
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Best Funeral Poems for Older Brothers
Older brothers are such wonderful gifts, aren’t they?
If your big brother and you were especially close, you may feel like there’s an empty place in your heart. That’s totally normal, and there’s no need to try to fill that space.
No one can replace the sibling, the best friend, the confidant and advisor that he was.
We think these poems below are especially well suited to honoring your dear brother and his beautiful memory.
21. Epitaph On A Friend
An honest man here lies at rest,
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, the guide of youth;
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d;
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
22. Our Love For You
Our love for you echoes
And sings along with those
With whom you now are free
23. Warm Summer Sun
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.
24. Family Tree
A limb has fallen from the family tree
I hear a voice that whispers, ‘Grieve not for me’
Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs
The good I lived while I was strong
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you
Keep on smiling, the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest
Remembering all…how I was truly blessed
Continue traditions, no matter how small
Go on with your lives, don’t stare at the wall
I miss you all dearly so keep up your chin
Until that fine day we’re together again.
25. Lost and Found
I missed him when the sun began to bend;
I found him not when I had lost his rim;
With many tears I went in search of him,
Climbing high mountains which did still ascend,
And gave me echoes when I called my friend;
Through cities vast and charnel-houses grim,
And high cathedrals where the light was dim,
Through books and arts and works without an end,
But found him not–the friend whom I had lost.
And yet I found him–as I found the lark,
A sound in fields I heard but could not mark;
I found him nearest when I missed him most;
I found him in my heart, a life in frost,
A light I knew not till my soul was dark.
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Best Funeral Poems for Younger Brothers
The death of a sibling, any sibling, is extremely difficult. But when that sibling was your baby brother, well, there’s something about it that can land especially heavy on your heart.
He wasn’t meant to go before you — at least that’s how it can feel. You may have helped raise him, and he may have looked to you as a source of wisdom, encouragement, or advice. You shared a special bond, and he deserves a special tribute.
We think the poems below would be well suited.
26. His Peaceful Grave
Our brother lives with us in memory
Before our eyes he grew weaker every day
Doing all we could to save him
Until God took him away
Never shall his memory fade
Our sweetest love lingers
Forever round his peaceful grave.
27. To Laugh Often and Much
To laugh often and much to win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children.
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty, to leave the world a bit better,
Weather by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier, because you have lived,
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Be Still My Soul
Be still, my soul; when dearest friends depart
and all is darkened in the vale of tears,
then you will better know his love, his heart,
who comes to soothe your sorrows and your fears.
Be still, my soul; your Jesus can repay
from his own fullness all he takes away.
Kathrina Von Schlegel
Oh, my brother fair to see!
Idol of my lonely heart,
Parting is a time of test,
Father, give him what is best,
Father keep him from the rest,
Bless him though we fall apart.
Well I know love will not die,
It will cause us bliss or pain;
We may part for many years,
But my loving prayers and tears,
Rising up to Him who hears
30. In This World
Here in this world,
He bids us come;
There in the next,
He shall bid us welcome.
Best Scripture for Your Brother’s Funeral
Scripture is poetic, too!
While much of the Bible is composed of poetry, even the passages that aren’t can bring immense consolation.
These passages would be especially appropriate for a religious funeral service and an excellent way to honor your brother’s memory.
31. Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
32. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
33. John 14:1-3
Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you.
I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.
34. I Corinthians 15:54-55
But when this perishable body will have become imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“Death, where is your sting?
Hades, where is your victory?”
35. Ecclesiastes 7:1
A good name is better than fine perfume; and the day of death better than the day of one’s birth.
36. Romans 14:7-9
For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord. Or if we die, we die to the Lord.
If therefore we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For to this end Christ died, rose, and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
37. Isaiah 57:1-2
The righteous perish,
and no one lays it to heart.
Merciful men are taken away,
and no one considers that the righteous is taken away from the evil.
He enters into peace.
They rest in their beds,
each one who walks in his uprightness.
38. Philippians 1:21-23
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
But if I live on in the flesh, this will bring fruit from my work; yet I don’t know what I will choose.
But I am hard pressed between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
39. Psalm 23
Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.
40. John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
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