Humanist Funerals in Bedfordshire - Suggested Poems and Readings 


There are thousands of poems and readings which can be chosen to be used at a non-religious, humanist funeral and the choice is entirely down to you. Below, I have provided a small number of commonly used poems. These can be read by me or by a family member or a friend. I list these suggestions because many people don’t really know what they want and these examples give them some assistance in their choice. I regularly add to these.


To enquire about or to book my services for a humanist funeral in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire, please contact me on: 

  07458 985365

 

 

 

 

The Journey of My Life

It was beautiful as long as it lasted, the journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I’ll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care …
and the strings pulling at the heart and soul …
The strong arms that held me up
when my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life I came across good friends,
friends who stood by me
even when time raced by me.
Farewell, farewell my friend.
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not.
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me for that’s what I’ll like.
When you live in the hearts of those you love
remember then, you never die.

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

 

 

 

Remember Me

To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity - remember me.
Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, your memories of the times we loved,
the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.

If I Should Go

If I should go before the rest of you,
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone.
Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice,
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must,
Parting is hell.
But life goes on,
So sing as well.

The Journey of my Life

It was beautiful as long as it lasted, the journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I’ll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care …
and the strings pulling at the heart and soul …
The strong arms that held me up
when my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life I came across good friends,
friends who stood by me
even when time raced by me.
Farewell, farewell my friend.
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not.
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me for that’s what I’ll like.
When you live in the hearts of those you love
remember then, you never die.

 

He is Gone

You can shed tears that he is gone,

Or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,

Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,

Or you can be full of the love that you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he is gone,

Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.  

You can cry and close your mind,

be empty and turn your back,

Or you can do what he would want:

smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Remember Me

Know this as it is

As there is an end so there is a beginning

As there is death so there is life,

As there is darkness so there is light,

As there is pain so there is comfort,

As there is sorrow so there is joy,

As there are tears so there is laughter,

What more can I ask of this life?

There is always love; it will last forever

Memories that we made;

now they are yours.

Remember me.

 

 

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Do you want to arrange an inclusive, non-religious, humanist funeral? I can help

A humanist funeral keeps the focus on the dearly departed and helps family, relatives and friends celebrate a life well lived. I use words, deliberately chosen, to help those present come to terms with their loss, remember fondly and move on with hope and good memories in their hearts.

 

To book my services for humanist funerals in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire, or if you have any queries, please call on: 07458 985365

 

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