Humanist and Non-Religious 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.


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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.

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

 Gone From Our Sight

I am standing on the seashore. Suddenly a ship at my side spreads her white sails in the morning breeze and starts out for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch her
until she is only a ribbon of white cloud
out there where the sky and water mingle as one.

And as I watch,
a voice behind me says,
"Well, she's gone." She's gone. Gone?
"No," I tell myself.
No, she is not really gone.
Not really. Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left our side.
In reality, she is the same as ever;
just as beautiful; just as shining. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says "There she is gone!"
someone on a far distant shore is shouting,
"Look! Look everyone! Here she comes!"

 

 If Heaven Were a Window

If heaven had a window and I were granted a view
of all the beauty it beholds, I'd only look for you.
I'd listen for your laughter that was always music to me.
Your beautiful hair and blue/grey eyes are what I'd wish most to see.

If I could only view once more the smile that warmed my heart,
I'd treasure that moment as long as I live and we must be apart.
Here on earth I search for you and pray to God for signs,
and every day that passes you're still with me in my mind.

I love you and I miss you more than words can say,
and what I wouldn't give just to talk to you today.
I shall always remember that I was blessed and loved, it's true,
and if heaven had a window, I'd only look for you.

 

 For a Child or Stillborn Child

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam,
And for a brief moment,
its glory and beauty belong to our world.
But then it flies again.
And though we wish it could have stayed,
we feel so lucky to have seen it.

  For a Child or Stillborn Child

The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn't bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.
But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.

The little one we longed for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.
And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
Every beating of our hearts
Says that we do love you.

 

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.

The Man that we called Dad

He never looked for praises,

He was never one to boast.
He just went on quietly working,
For the ones he loved the most

His dreams were seldom spoken,
His wants were very few.
Most of the time,
His worries went unspoken too.

He was there, a firm foundation,
Through all our storms of life.
A steady hand to hold onto,
In times of stress and strife.

A true friend we could turn to,
When times were good or bad.
One of our greatest blessings,


The Man that we called dad

 

 

 

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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.

 

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