Funeral Poems for Grandma | How to Write

///Funeral Poems for Grandma | How to Write

Funeral Poems for Grandma | How to Write

Funeral poems for grandma requests come to me often. During the first week of December, I received an email from an 18-year-old young woman who asked my help in finding her a granddaughter to grandmother funeral poem for her grandma’s funeral. It happened to be the anniversary of the loss of my Mom, Nana, and the birthday of my late mother-in-law. It brought deep emotions I hadn’t felt in a while.

Funeral Poems for Grandma

Kirsty, the grandchild, also had a close relationship with her grandma who had died unexpectedly. She didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, as I wasn’t able to say goodbye to the women closest to me.  The granddaughter searched through many funeral poems for grandma, but was unable to find the right one. Our grandmas are unique, so it is very understandable that it is a difficult task.

Writing Funeral Poems for Grandma

I wrote back to Kirsty and told her I would try to help her either by writing a poem or finding one with the thoughts she had included with her email. It is difficult for me to write a granddaughter to grandma funeral poem, not knowing the grandmother or granddaughter and the memories they shared.

In the meantime, my advice to this lovely, young woman was to try to write one from her heart or take a poem and personalize it. Whatever she wrote would be the perfect poem because it was from her. Words from the heart are always beautiful.

Combine Funeral Poems to Create One for Grandma

I combined two poems and added words of my own to give it a beginning and ending to create a granddaughter to grandma funeral poem…

Grandma, I didn’t get a chance
To tell you my goodbye.
God took you very suddenly
Sadly, I don’t know why.

I thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
And days before that too.

I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have are memories,
And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake,
With which I’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
I have you in my heart.

{Wings of the Angels
By Tim Chambers}

A gentle wind blew across the land
Reaching out to take a hand
For on the winds the angels came
Calling out a mother’s name.

Left behind, her children’s tears
Loving memories of the years
Of joy and love, a life well spent
And now to God a mother’s sent.

On angel’s wings, a heavenly flight
The journey home, towards the light.
To those who weep, a life is gone,
But in God’s love, ’tis but the dawn.


Spread your ever deserving wings,
Grandma, my angel above.
Please look down and watch over me,
Guide with eternal love.
Until we meet at Heaven’s door,
I’ll miss you ever more.

Kirsty chose the poem, “I’m Free” and personalized it for her Grandma:

Don’t grieve for Grandma, for now she’s free
Grandma’s following the path God has laid you see.
She took His hand when she heard him call
Grandma turned her back and left it all.
She could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
Grandma found that peace at the close of day.
If her parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things Grandma too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
Grandma wishes you the sunshine of tomorrow.
Her life’s been full, she savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps Grandma’s time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God gave Grandma wings and let her fly free.

The day before the funeral, Kirsty wrote to me:
Just wanted to say thank you again. the funeral is tomorrow. It’s going to be hard but I know I need to be brave for her. This poem is my way to say goodbye.

Kirsty wrote to me after the funeral:
I did it and I’m glad I did. It’s been a very emotional day, but at the same time a good day if that makes sense. Chatted, laughed and cried – considering the situation the day went really well.

My reply to Kirsty was:
I’m so glad you feel that way. It is good. Funerals are a celebration
of life. Today you honored your Grandma. I’m sure she is looking down on
you with great pride.

You’re welcome, but you are the one who followed through with what you
felt was important. It is a sign of maturity. If you ever need to reach out
to someone, I’m here.

Kirsty gave me permission to share this with you in hopes that it may help you. I know this Christmas must have been difficult for her, as it was with the passing of our Mom-Mom this year. For all my visitors searching for just the right poems for the special ones in your lives that are now with you in spirit, my heart is with you this holiday season.

If anyone has written or has favorite funeral poems for grandma, please share to ease the pain of others.

About the Author:

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. Nana 2015/04/08 at 6:50 pm

    I am sorry for you loss. I truly understand your sorrow. It pleases me that you have chosen a poem from Nana’s Corner to recite at her funeral.

  2. Trish 2015/04/07 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful words. My Nan passed away on Easter Sunday, the 5th April 2015. I will miss her dearly. I came home from interstate hours too late to say good bye but now I can use these words to add a special touch at her funeral. Thank you

  3. Donna 2011/11/29 at 4:26 am

    Thank you for sharing these poems. You have put into words what my heart was feeling. It is a very hard time for she was the rock of our family. She passed away on Friday 25th November 2011, and ‘I’m free’ poem was my nan talking to me, and it has eased my pain a little. I will read it every day ’til the pain eases away.

  4. nana 2011/09/28 at 5:18 pm

    Gaz C,
    I am sorry for your loss. I do know how you feel. It brings me pleasure knowing that the poems help at times of sorrow.

  5. Gaz C 2011/09/27 at 11:45 am

    I lost my Nan on sunday 25/09/11, i found tis site because I want to read something at the service, God only knows how hard a day that is going to be for the whole family

    Im going to miss her so much and really wish that god never took her away from us.

    I would just like to say thank you for putting these lovely poems up for people to read

  6. nana 2011/08/13 at 8:15 pm

    My poems are copyrighted. Please let me know which poems on Nana’s Corner you want to use on your family traditions site. A link and credit is appreciated if approved. Please send me your url. Happy blogging and I wish you success!

  7. Sharon Gine 2011/08/08 at 4:19 pm

    Wow, someone on the same page as me! I found you by accident and love your site. I’m in the process of setting up a site dedicated to “family traditions” old, and newly created. I would love to use some of your poems. Are they licensed? If not, can I publish and give you and your website as the provider? I love your site and appreciate others that deel the same as I. Thanks!

  8. shannen 2010/11/24 at 3:47 pm

    Hello i shannen i am 16 year old and my nan died yesturday i would like a realy nice poem for her to reed next week could you plz wright one and send it to me 🙂 xx


    I’m sorry for your loss. Writing a poem for someone you were close to who has passed should come from your own feelings and memories. There are many poems on Nana’s Corner that might be appropriate. If you want, you could take a poem and change some of the words to make it right for your Nan.


  9. Sally 2010/10/15 at 4:46 pm

    My dear nan passed away suddenly on 3/10/10, she had cancer but was only diagnosed 2 days earlier, the doctors in the hospital had repeatedly misdiagnosed a hernia & gas and referred her to a specialist that wasn’t until November.
    I didn’t get to say goodbye either as when she was diagnosed we were told she had weeks & my grandad didn’t want everyone to rush to her immediately as she would know something was up – she didn’t know. I was due to visit her a couple of days later.
    Unfortunately that wasn’t to be as she died 0030hrs on 3/10, my mum, grandad & uncle saw her the day she died, but none of us were with her at the end as leaving the hospital 8pm that night there was no indication that it would happen 4 hours later.
    I was devastated at had planned to see her the next day anyway.
    It is her funeral on Wed 20/10 & I am thinking of saying a poem or some words, I have been reading all of these and others I’ve found with tears pouring down my face.
    I am making a selection and will hopefully turn these into a piece suitable for me.
    Thank you

  10. nana 2010/10/15 at 2:45 pm

    I wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of
    you today, but that is nothing new, I thought about you yesterday, and
    days before that too, I think of you in silence. I often speak your
    name, all I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a
    keepsake, from which I’ll never part…. God has you in his arms. I
    have you in my heart…I love you, Mom.

    Today is the four-year anniversary of my daughter-in-law’s mother’s passing. This is the poem she chose today for her mother.

  11. kayla 2010/10/14 at 2:10 am

    that is really sweet i used that for my grat nanna im pnly 9.kayla

  12. Jen 2010/10/08 at 10:15 am

    I have only just lost my nan (7.10.2010) after her putting up a good fight in hospital for 2 months. She was 94 (95 on 23rd of december) and she would have been a great nan in january when i’m expecting my first child. Its all a bit overwhelming at the moment and i am hoping that one day the tears will change into laughfter?! Ive been thinking about saying something at her service, but at the moment i can’t even read a poem without bursting out into tears again.
    Nan had many friends and a very close family that took care of her and treated her like the queen mum (always sitting at the head of the table, n getting treats from all of us……all the time!!)
    I’d like to think that she is now with my grandad and all of her old friends having a good chin wag n a snowball!
    Any wise words would help loads, ta x

  13. Chantal 2010/07/07 at 6:35 am

    Hi, my gran past away on Monday 5/07/2010. I need to give a thank you speach and have thought of a poem to read out to everyone and have come to a brick wall. The funeral is fri morning @ 10:00 i also did not get to say good bey to her. Now i have to finalize all the arrangements & everytime i get a tear as i am still so young and have to take charge off all….(33) She was always there for me – i was her blue eyed favoured grand child – also the first. She taught me many things like craucher & my first prayer. Played the harmonica & gitar. She also loved the garden & out doors.
    Can you please help me with something i could put together please.

  14. Danielle 2010/02/15 at 12:26 pm

    hiya i would just like to say that the poem was lovely and i will be using a few of the lines to make a poem for my nin (nans mums) grave as she passed away very suddenly 5years ago on the 20th of feb. i was very close to her just like kirsty and still now i am sad that she has gone i am 15 years old and have made a poem for her but it still needs so more added to it as i think it is not good enough for her. i no just how kirsty feels to lose some one so close (my bestfriend) and would just like to say be stong and keep your head high even though the family chain has been broke it will be made back as you meet her in heaven.x

  15. Loren 2010/01/08 at 5:36 am

    my great nan died on the 20th december and i cant find the right words to stand up and say, i realy need some help with this x

  16. nana 2009/12/27 at 1:53 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for your comment.

  17. Kimberley 2009/12/26 at 1:25 pm

    I think this is truely lovely it actually made me cry.. My nan died 26.08.09 and to this day it really isn’t any easier. I feel for any person who loses a loved one. My nan was my bestfriend and i couldn’t believe it the day she passed,went to work on the tuesday fine dancing around then couple hours later rushed to hospital put into intensive care over night and died on the wednesday morning only 58. I would have loved to have read this out at her funeral but its passed now. It really is a lovely poem tho.

  18. lisa ginns 2009/11/06 at 2:04 pm

    my nan died on the 3rd of november 2009 and i wanted a poem that described her.she has been very poorly with cpod for a long time and thaty fateful night she passed away but i would just like to say i have taken a couple of poems in which i got to choose one to read at her funeral and they are so heartbreaking lovely that i think my nan would be proud to here them. kirsty u have done an amazing job god bless u xx

  19. stoney 2009/01/03 at 3:31 am

    What a beautiful story about your interaction with Kirsty – I am so glad that she had you to help her get thru this tough time. God bless you!

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