Funerals Poems for the loss of a Child or Baby
(For religious readings please scroll to the bottom of the page)
'Some only dream of Angels, I held one in my arms'.
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 love you.
‘Even the smallest of feet have the power to leave everlasting footprints upon this world’.
Everyday in some small way we miss you more than words can say.
In our hearts you will always stay loved and remembered every day.
'From the moment they placed you in my arms you snuggled right into my heart'.
My Little Angel
You’ve just walked on ahead of me
And I’ve got to understand
You must release the ones you love
And let go of their hand.
I try and cope the best I can
But I’m missing you so much
If I could only see you
And once more feel your touch.
Yes, you’ve just walked on ahead of me
Don’t worry I’ll be fine
But now and then I swear I feel
Your hand slip into mine.
'You were here for a moment..... but left a lifetime of love'
My Tiny Miracle
My precious little girl, I have loved you from the start,
You were a tiny miracle, Laying closely to my heart.
Each day I felt your presence, each day you quickly grew,
Each day your heart beat softly, as only I could know.
But we'’ll keep you in a special place, and remember each year through,
of our very special time of life, those precious moments we spent with you.
'I carried you every second of your life and I will love you for every second of mine'.
God sent an angel to the earth, the sweetest angel too,
And for such a tiny little thing she had so much to do.
She knew she did not have much time upon this earth to stay,
so she did not waste a second she got started right away.
Her eyes were bright and sparkly, she took in every turn
she did not miss a single thing because this angel came to learn!
But during her time that little angel touched the hearts of those she reached.
She taught them courage, strength and faith because this angel came to teach.
This little girl was so precious, a gift from above.
You felt it when you held her because this angel came to love.
But when you miss her oh so much and find it hard along the way,
Please understand her work was done….our Angel could not stay.
'Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday'.
If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken no time to say goodbye
you were gone before I knew it, and only god knows why.
My heart still aches in sadness and secret tears still flow,
what it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
'You were loved, you are loved, you will always be loved'.
To beautiful for earth
An angel wrote in the book of life my baby’s date of birth
Then whispered as she closed the book “Too beautiful for earth”.
'All children are miracles, even the ones that couldn't stay very long'.
There Is A Special Angel
There is a special Angel in heaven that is part of me.
It is not where I wanted her but where she had to be.
She was here but just a moment like a night time shooting star.
And though she is in heaven she isn't very far.
'There isn't a day that goes by where I don't at some point think of you'.
A Baby Castle
In a baby Castle, just beyond our eyes
Our baby plays with angel toys that money cannot buy
Who are we, to wish that you had known this world of strife?
Now, play on, our baby you have eternal life.
Feelings we will treasure. Sometimes they will make us sad,
Because our little baby we’re still you mum and dad.
'I have a son that I carry in my heart'.
Thinking of you
I’m thinking of you but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday, and the day before that too.
I will think about you tomorrow, and as the years come and go.
I will think about you forever.
'I'll hold you in my heart, until I hold you in heaven'.
To the child in my Heart
O precious, tiny sweet little one, you will always be to me
so perfect, pure and innocent just as you were meant to be.
We dreamed of you and of your life, and all that it would be,
We waited and longed for you to come, and join our family.
I'll always be your mother, He'll always be your dad,
You'll always be our child, the child that we had.
But now your gone and yet your here We see you everywhere.
You are our sorrow and our joy, and there's love in every tear.
Just know our love goes deep and strong, we'll forget you never,
Our beautiful little child, you will be with us forever.
'Words alone cannot even express just how much you are loved and missed'.
A Dad hurts too – Author Unknown
People don't always see the tears a dad cries, his heart is broken too when his child dies.
He tries to hold it together and be strong even though his worlds gone wrong.
He holds his wife as her tears fall, comforts her through it all,
He goes through his day doing what he's supposed to do,
but a piece of his heart has been ripped away too.
So when he's alone he lets out his pain, and his tears come like falling rain.
His world has crashed around him and a world that was once bright has gone dim.
He feels he have to be strong for other, but dads hurt too, not just the mothers.
He searched for answers but none are to be found,
he hides behind a mask when he is feeling down.
He smiles through his tears, he struggles and holds in his fears.
But what you see on the outside is not always real,
because men don't always show how they really feel.
So I'd like to ask a favour of you,
The next time you see a mother hurting over the loss of her child,
please remember.....a Dad hurts too.
'Losing a child changes us for life'.
I'll Be There
You ask me to stay, if only for one more day.
I wish I could, but it's time for me to go.
But please don't cry, for I could never really leave you.
Close your eyes, feel my warm embrace,
my kiss upon your brow.
Don't worry, I'll always be here.
As the spring rain softly falls,
The trees begin to bud and the
flowers begin to bloom, I'll be there.
As the summer breeze cools you,
and children laugh and play, I'll be there.
As the leaves begin to turn their
bright wondrous colours, I'll be there.
As the snow gently falls,
covering the earth in a soft blanket of white,
I'll be there.
'If those few moments are all I get with you, I will be grateful forever for those few moments'.
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land:
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad
A butterfly to remind me even though we are apart,
your spirit is always with me forever in my heart'
Poem for a Butterfly Ceremony
As you release this butterfly in honour of me,
know that I'm with you and will always be.
Hold a hand, say a prayer,
close your eyes and see me there.
Although you may feel torn apart,
please know that I'll be forever in your heart.
Now I fly like a butterfly as high as I can go,
But I'm still right there with you more than you know.
'May you always have an angel by your side'.
Candle Lighting Ceremony for a Baby
We light this first candle to acknowledge the grief that we feel today
because our hearts are broken and our eyes are filled with tears.
We light this second candle for the courage that we need.
The courage to confront our grief; courage to support each other;
and courage to live our lives without you.
This third candle represents how much you were wanted.
We dreamed of you & of your life
And all that it would be, and will miss all that we never had the chance to do.
We light this forth candle as we remember how love much you were loved.
From the very first time you became ours, a love which will never end.
You will always be our child, the most precious thing we had.
'Always kiss your children goodnight, even if its a kiss you send to heaven / the stars'.
Forget me not
I give you this one thought to keep,
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain,
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am still with you in each new dawn.
'How lucky am I to have had something so special that makes saying goodbye so difficult'.
Prayers & Religious Readings
“Lord, I can't say it in words – can you please just listen through my heart”.
A Child's Prayer
Oh heavenly father in the sky, Why do you live so high?
Over the clouds where no-one can see you,
Past the fluffy pillows that go by.
I think about how you look, Is it like a story book?
I've great stories about you lord,
And with open arm's you'll welcome me aboard.
A Family's Prayer for their child
You our precious little butterfly,
Slipped into the world so perfectly,
Your bow shaped mouth and baby-scent
Changed our world with a breath.
Dreams of puppies, popcicles and kites;
Barbies in pink lace, and skinned knees in opaque tights,
brought tender warmth and anticipation.
Then as suddenly as you entered,
like a dove gently back you fluttered,
with us you briefly stayed,
but heard the angel's calling your name.
But the time we shared with you
and what you have etched on our souls
will remain our whole lives through.
Rest in care and warmth,
Our beloved little girl.
Prayer for a child
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray thee lord my soul to keep,
The angels guard me through the days,
And keep me safe under their gaze.
A Prayer for a Beautiful Child
A light is from our household gone,
A voice we love is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
that never can be filled.
God gave us a beautiful child,
One who never grew old,
whose laugh was full of sunshine,
And a heart of solid gold.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by, we miss you more
Your loving smile, your gentle face,
No one can take our little girls place.
May the choirs of angels receive you,
May you have rest and peace everlasting,
May the rose rise to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
"His service just summed up who he was, and was exactly what he would have wanted"
(Celebration of Life).
"A truly unique send off"
(Said about using wine gums at a Burial)
"Thank you for the sensitive way that you dealt with a very devastated family. We have received so many lovely comments from friends and family”.
(Celebration of Life)