Often poetry is a great way to represent how you feel about the loss of a loved one. The best poems can express how we feel in a beautiful and articulate way. This can give everyone at a funeral the opportunity to recognise that they are not alone in their grief and that others feel the same. Poetry can really bring people together during a service.
When selecting funeral poems, it is important to consider what that person means to others. In the case of a father, they will be someone who cares and loves their family. They are important to their wife and children, and they will be missed as a role model and respected figure. Below are a few suggestions for funeral poems for a father. Please explore them and see if they resonate with you.
To My Father
A giant pine, magnificent and old
Stood staunch against the sky and all around
Shed beauty, grace and power.
Within its fold birds safely reared their young.
The velvet ground beneath was gentle,
and the cooling shade gave cheer to passers-by.
Its towering arms a landmark stood, erect and unafraid,
As if to say, “Fear naught from life’s alarms”.
It fell one day.
Where it had dauntless stood was loneliness and void.
But men who passed paid tribute – and said,
“To know this life was good,
It left its mark on me. Its work stands fast”.
And so it lives. Such life no bonds can hold –
This giant pine, magnificent and old.
We’ll always remember
that special smile,
that caring heart,
that warm embrace,
you always gave us.
You being there
for Mom and us,
through good and bad times,
no matter what.
We’ll always remember
you Dad because
they’ll never be another one
to replace you in our hearts,
and the love we will always
have for you.
Memories of Dad
I will take this special moment
To turn my thoughts to Dad
Thank him for the home he gave
We think about the fleeting years
Too quickly, gone for good
It seems like only yesterday
I’d go back if I could.
A time when Dad was always there,
No matter what the weather.
Always strong when things went wrong
He held our lives together.
He strived so hard from day to day
And never once complained.
With steady hands, he worked so hard
And kept the family name.
He taught us that hard work pays off,
You reap just what you sow.
He said that if you tend your crops,
Your field will overflow.
My life has been bountiful
He taught me how to give
In his firm and steadfast way
He taught me how to live.
Dad dwells among the angels now
He left us much too soon
He glides across a golden field
Above the harvest moon.
I see him in the summer rain,
He rides upon the wind
And when my path is beaten down
He picks me up again.
For all the things we had.
Don’t worry if none of these poems stand out to you. It is always best to feel comfortable that the poem represents the loved one you have lost. You could consider speaking to friends and family to see whether they know a poem that reminds them of dad. If you have a Guardian Angel Support Hub this could even be something that you ask friends and family there.