6 of the Best Funeral Poems for Grandparents

///6 of the Best Funeral Poems for Grandparents

6 of the Best Funeral Poems for Grandparents

Best funeral poems for grandparents thank, praise, and share memorable moments experienced in the special grandparent-grandchild relationship.

I am sorry for your loss of a grandparent. It is understandable that you wish to find the best funeral poems for grandparents for readings during your grandparent’s funeral service. But what makes a funeral poem the best for your grandparent?

Through the thoughts expressed, the best funeral poems for grandparents give you an emotional connection to the unique relationship you shared together.

6 Funeral Poems for Grandparents

The following poems are some of the best funeral poems for grandparents that I’ve found. The following 6 funeral poems are appropriate for readings at either grandfather’s or grandmother’s funeral from a granddaughter or grandson. The funeral poem you choose will be a loving tribute to their legacy.

Funeral Poem for Grandparents #1

When we lose someone who has been an important part of our life, perhaps even raised us, many emotions come to the surface. Sadness is the first and strongest of the emotions. Then, as we visit time past, other emotions are felt. For me, it was a feeling of guilt for both of my parents when they passed. As the author in the first Grandparent funeral poem shares, we learn that guilt or uncertainty is common to those of us grieving.

As We Look Back Over Time

As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering …..

Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us …..

To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?

We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?

If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.

Funeral Poems for Grandparents #2 

This next poem brings to mind the passing of my mother-in-law. She was with us, in her own home, up to the end of her life. Before she passed (and I believe she did “pass”), she spoke to her late husband and asked him how would she know it was time. She listened, then asked which door would they go through. She listened again. I believe my late father-in-law did speak to her, told her he would come for her, and they would go through the door to Heaven. After that, she seemed to be at peace. Shortly after, she left us.

God Saw You Getting Tired

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered,
Come to Me.

With tearful eyes we watch you
and saw you pass away
and although we loved you dearly
we could not make you stay.

A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove us
he only takes the best

~ Author Unknown ~

Funeral Poems for Grandparents #3 

The next funeral poem brings to mind the close relationship between a grandparent and grandchild who shared many moments together. Perhaps, the poem are thoughts of a grandchild who was raised by a grandparent. The warmth of the wind could be representative of the warmth of love the grandchild felt. The next stanza reminds me of the loving hugs my own grandmother always had plenty to share. Read the poem and I’m sure you will be able to connect with the author’s emotions in some way.

I Heard Your Voice in the Wind Today

I heard your voice in the wind today
and I turned to see your face;
The warmth of the wind caressed me
as I stood silently in place.

I felt your touch in the sun today
as its warmth filled the sky;
I closed my eyes for your embrace
and my spirit soared high.

I saw your eyes in the window pane
as I watched the falling rain;
It seemed as each raindrop fell
it quietly said your name.

I held you close in my heart today
it made me feel complete;
You may have died…but you are not gone
you will always be a part of me.

As long as the sun shines…
the wind blows…
the rain falls…
You will live on inside of me forever
for that is all my heart knows.

~ Author Unknown ~

Funeral Poems for Grandparents #4 

The short funeral poem, Not Forgotten, can be written in a funeral program or on a card attached to flowers. I’ve also seen the four lines on a grave stone. The poem could also be used as a beginning to your sharing some memories and why your grandparent was special.

Not Forgotten

Gone yet not forgotten,
Although we are apart,
Your spirit lives within me,
Forever in my heart.

~ Author Unknown ~

Funeral Poems for Grandparents #5 

Unfortunately, death can be sudden. The following poem assures the loved one who was suddenly called home by God that they are not alone. It gives a promise that the family will, one day, be together again.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

~ Ron Tranmer (with permission) ~

Funeral Poems for Grandparents #6

Similar to the previous funeral poem, this one is from a grandchild who was not able to say goodbye. Though the grandchild is mourning the loss of a grandparent, she realizes that the grandparent would want her to remember the good times they had together.  And, as life moves on, her grandparent will always have a special place in her heart. My favorite lines are the first four.

If Tears Could Build a Stairway

If tears could build a stairway
and thoughts a memory lane,
I’d walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again.

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say good-bye,
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knows why.

My heart’s still active in sadness
And secret tears still flow,
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want us
To mourn for you no more,
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today
A hallowed place within my heart
Is where you’ll always stay.

~ Author Unknown ~

It is my hope that the funeral poems for grandparents that I have shared with you help you find the comfort you seek in finding the best funeral poem.

For information regarding Funeral Etiquette for Children at a Funeral read Emily Post’s advice article.

About the Author:

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, and blogging.

19 Comments

  1. Ashley 2017/10/06 at 1:33 pm

    My grandparents recently passed 9 days apart they have been creamated and we are having a service for them both at the same time I want to read something special about them both not just 1 at a time can you help please

  2. Brett 2017/03/05 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you, the first one is perfect.

  3. Katie ann curran 2017/01/30 at 6:54 pm

    To my nana
    Your wings were ready,
    My heart heart was not,
    Fly high right the way up in the sky,
    I will love you for ever in my heart,
    I will never for get you , love you lots
    Love katie – ann xxxxxxxxxx
    R.i.p my nana Rosie

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  5. laura reinhart 2016/12/06 at 5:28 pm

    I rececntly lost my 1st grandson,and ,my only one, and the poem ‘IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY” it”s a beautiful statement ,my grandbaby was killed by a tree ,He was only 27 yrears old, He is survived by a large family, and, it hurts to see so much grief, there are a lot of great stories, but, as you know, it is hard.I want to down load the poem for the memorial. Thank-you for your poems and your help. laura

  6. kayleigh 2016/12/03 at 3:23 pm

    such beautiful poems, hard to choose which one to read at my nan’s funeral.

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  8. Nana 2016/03/12 at 9:28 pm

    Nene, thank you for taking the time to comment.

  9. nene 2016/02/05 at 10:54 am

    Wow it’s so much amazing I do connect to poem 6

  10. Monique 2015/10/27 at 2:53 am

    Thank you I love number 2

  11. Refilwe 2015/08/29 at 10:02 am

    I lost my grandfather today and never did I get the chance to thank him for all that he has done for me or to tell him that I love him. But when the read the poem “As we look back over time” I felt a sense of relief and thought that it would be the best poem to pay tribute to him at his funeral.

  12. Ewurakua Ofori 2012/08/15 at 2:52 am

    Nana,
    thanks for everything.When i lost my granny i thought everything was gone. But then i found u and i saw they were still there.THANK A LOT.

  13. Ifiok Osmond (Nigeria) 2010/11/29 at 11:34 pm

    this page is really lifting giving me the joy for a good future even after a great lost a grand father i would exchange for gold

  14. nana 2010/05/23 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for reminding me to visit your new website. I enjoy reading your poems. I would like to post a few of them on Nana’s Corner with a link back to your website each time I use one…with your permission, of course.

  15. Ron [email protected] 2010/05/23 at 4:58 pm

    Nana,

    Have you had a chance to check out my website of poetry? I’m adding new ones quite often.

    rontranmer.com

    Regards,

    Ron Tranmer

  16. nana 2009/12/19 at 9:05 am

    I’m so very glad that you and your daughter found a poem that will help your grieving. Thank you for sharing this with me.

  17. Jo Hulm 2009/12/17 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you so much for these poems. My daughter has been having a very hard time dealing with the death of her Great Grandma (a year and a half ago). I have read “If tears could build a stairway” to her, we cried and together we decided tomorrow we will go and share this poem with her at her grave. I hope by her opening up with your beautiful poem it will help to mend her broken heart. Thank you once again.

    Very thankful Mother.

  18. Kevin 2009/10/19 at 1:44 pm

    I lost both my grandparents just yesterday due to a car accident. it was caused by a drunk driver and they were on their way home from their newest great grand daughters christening. they deserve better. thank you for the wonderful and inspiring poems. they will help my family through some of the hardest times we’ve ever gone through. Thank you

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