5 Grandfather Funeral Poems from a Devoted Granddaughter

///5 Grandfather Funeral Poems from a Devoted Granddaughter

5 Grandfather Funeral Poems from a Devoted Granddaughter

5 Grandfather funeral poems from a granddaughter plus suggestions on how to choose or write the perfect grandfather funeral poem from a devoted granddaughter.

Searching for grandfather funeral poems from granddaughter is a process that can help distract a loving granddaughter who is deeply grieving her grandfather’s passing away. Reading through funeral poems for grandfather from granddaughter can also help a granddaughter embrace the emotions that need to be shared for a healthy closure while remembering what made Grandfather special.

A Grandfather Funeral

The first funeral I attended was for my grandfather. I was only eight years old. I didn’t understand what was happening. I knew my grandfather had died and we were all very sad, but there were people smiling and even laughing. This can be very confusing for a young child…it was for me.

I remember my parents taking me aside. They explained that a funeral is for family and friends to say good-bye to  my grandfather, and also to celebrate his life. The smiles and laughter are because they enjoyed knowing my grandfather and being a part of his life. My parents also explained that just as people are different, so are the ways they mourn.

When my father-in-law passed away, one of our daughters wrote a funeral poem for him, To Grandfather from Granddaughter with Love. After she read her poem for her grandfather during his funeral service, she placed it in his coffin so that he would be able to take it to Heaven with him. Unfortunately, we did not keep a copy.

Best Grandfather Funeral Poems

When searching for through grandfather funeral poems from a granddaughter to read at his funeral, 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 grandfather funeral poem that speaks to him, or tells others what you, his granddaughter, are feeling, while celebrating his life and your relationship.
  2. Find the best grandfather funeral poems that you can relate to. 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 grandfather funeral poems you find to create a personalized poem from you, his loving granddaughter.

5 Grandfather Funeral Poems from Granddaughter

Grandfather 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.

Grandfather 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 gardenicon,
We are his legacy.
Thank you Grandfather, we love you.

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

Grandfather 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 ~

Grandfather Funeral Poem #4:


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 ~

Grandfather 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 funeral poem for grandfather from granddaughter to be read at a his funeral does not need to rhyme. A grandfather from granddaughter funeral poem is always beautiful when the words come from the heart.

2017-09-07T00:06:00+00:00By |Categories: Funeral Poems|Tags: , |10 Comments

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Jersey Shore Grandmother of 5 great kids, retired special ed high school teacher, married since 1972 to Poppy...loves spoiling the grands, crocheting for whomever I can and charities, reading, crafts, outdoors, blogging...and retirement.


  1. Sarah 2017/10/13 at 3:53 pm

    Beautiful moving poems very helpful thanks xx

  2. Dorothy Mc Elwee 2016/06/11 at 12:28 pm

    These poems are so touching. My daughter read My Grandfathers Garden and moved a massive congregation to tears. It was perfect for his funeral for someone we all loved so much. Thank you!

  3. Layciee. 2012/01/10 at 9:25 pm

    very thankful ! very nice ! love these poems 😀

  4. Erika 2011/06/06 at 12:04 pm

    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…

  5. EBONY DAVIS 2011/01/14 at 10:29 pm


  6. Trevor Balding 2010/07/10 at 11:59 pm

    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.

  7. bronwen 2010/06/27 at 1:47 am

    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

  8. Tiffani 2010/03/08 at 5:17 am

    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


  9. pignot 2009/10/29 at 3:15 am

    very useful help!

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