Best Poems for Funerals: 5 Funeral Poems for Grandfather

A Grandfather’s Funeral

grandfather funeral poemsWhen I was a young girl and had not yet attended any funerals, I pictured a funeral viewing or wake as one where the mourners would be together in a room all crying together. My parents had not taken me to my grandfathers’ funerals. The first funeral I attended was when I was in high school. The funeral was my best friend’s grandfather’s funeral. I was surprised to find some people smiling and even laughing at times.

At my friend’s grandfather’s funeral, I was horrified and felt bad for my friend and her family. Later that evening, I asked my parents about her grandfather’s funeral. They explained to me that the funeral was for family and friends to say good-bye to her grandfather while also celebrating his life. The smiles and laughter are because they enjoyed knowing my friend’s grandfather and being a part of his life. My parents also explained that just as people are different, so are the ways they mourn.

Best Grandfather Funeral Poems

When searching for just the right funeral poem to read at a funeral for your grandfather or grandmother, it is often difficult to find the funeral poem that reflects exactly what you want to say. Here are three suggestions to help you:

  1. Write a funeral poem for your grandfather that speaks to him, or tells others what you are feeling, while celebrating his life and your relationship.
  2. Find the best poems for funerals that you can relate to and change or add words and lines that bring your grandfather’s personality and life into the funeral poem. Choose the one that has the most meaning for you.
  3. Blend together your favorite lines from the best funeral poems you find to create a personalized funeral poem for your grandfather.

5 of the Best Poems for Funerals for Grandfathers

Funeral Poem #1: Not How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?

Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away.

~ Author Unknown ~

Funeral Poem #2: Grandfather Kept a Garden

Our Grandfather kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
He planted all the good things,
That gave our lives their start.

He turned us to the sunshine,
And encouraged us to dream:
Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.

And then the winds and rain came,
He protected us enough;
But not too much because he knew
We would stand up strong and tough.

His constant good example,
Always taught us right from wrong;
Markers for our pathway that will last
a lifetime long.

We are our Grandfather’s garden,
We are his legacy.
Thank you Grandfather, we love you.

(Can also be changed to Grandmother)
~ Author Unknown ~

Funeral Poem #3: My Grandfather

My Grandfather was a man who had smiles to brighten your days,
who always made you feel good with his warm words of praise.
And what’s more he knew
what to do to make wishes come true.
He was my Grandfather.

My Grandfather was someone who always had good stories to tell,
but just as importantly he knew how to be a good listener as well.
He was patient and kind
and the very best friend you could ever hope to find.
He was no ordinary man.

And I’m proud to tell the world that (Your Granddads name here)
Was my Grandfather.

(This poem can be adjusted for a Father, Grandmother, Mother)

~ Author Unknown ~

Funeral Poem #4: Granddad

Granddad, you were just a lad,
So many years ago.
You had your loves and had your dreams,
You watched us come and go.

You watched us make the same mistakes,
That you had made before,
But that just made you hold us tight,
And love us all the more.

We haven’t always thought about
The things that you have seen.
To us you’ve just been ‘Granddad’,
No thought of who you’ve been.

But we remember now in love,
Your life from start to end,
And we’re just glad we knew you,
As Granddad, and as Friend.

~ Author Unknown ~

Funeral Poem #5: As I Look Up to the Skies Above

As I look up to the skies above,
The stars stretch endlessly–
But somehow all those rays of light
Seem dimmer now to me.
As I watch the morning sun appear,
The shadows still don’t fade—
As if the brightest light of all
Was somehow swept away.

Though I see the branches swaying,
And watch their dancing leaves–
The echoes carried on the wind
Don’t sound the same to me.
As I listen to the morning birds
Sing softly from afar–
It seems to be a mournful tune
That echoes in my heart.

Another day has come again,
As time moves surely on–
But nothing now seems quite the same,
To know that he is gone.
The days and weeks and months ahead
Will never be the same–
Because a treasure beyond words
Can never be replaced.

The loss cannot be measured now,
The void cannot be filled–
And though someday the grief may fade,
His mark will live on still.
For even with my heavy heart,
I know that I’ve been blessed
To have been one who’s life he touched
With warmth so infinite.

~ Author Unknown ~

If you don’t feel confident in writing a funeral poem for grandfather, just express your thoughts in memory of your grandfather that come to mind when you think of your relationship and those that you wish to express in saying goodbye. Remember, a poem to read at a funeral does not need to rhyme. If your sentiments are true and from the heart, then you will have written the best funeral poem.

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Comments

  1. Erika says

    I loved these poems and will be using one of them at my grandfathers funeral… As I look up to the skies above. I love that one.. Thanks to the one who was creative to write it…

  2. EBONY DAVIS says

    I WANNA THANK EVERYONE THAT LEFT THESE POEMS FOR EVERYONE TO READ. THEY TOUCHED MY HEART IN MY TIME OF NEED!

  3. Trevor Balding says

    Many thanks for these idea’s. I especially like “A Garden”. We were all gardeners / small-holders in our family and it was our Grandfather that planted the seed. This would be perfect for his send off.

  4. bronwen says

    These are soo adorable. I said the garden one at my grampy’s funeral, everyone loved it and said i was amazing and i even made my dad cry! <3

  5. Tiffani says

    OMG thanks very much for putting these poems on websites they have touched my heart and my family’s because of the lost i would like to say How proud the writters but be as the are AMAZING

    Cheers

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