How to write a funeral poem

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How to write a funeral poem
You don't have to be a writer to create an excellent funeral poem. (writing tablet of paper with pen image by Joann Cooper from

Funerals are always a sombre occasion. Expressing your feelings toward the deceased individual through a poem is an excellent way to deal with your grief while honouring your family member or friend. Are you afraid to write a funeral poem because you've never written poetry before? Even if you are new to writing, it's possible for you to create a wonderful poem by examining your own emotions.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pen

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    Make a list of special memories you have of the deceased individual. Write down why the individual was so special to you. If the individual ever gave you advice or said anything to you that stayed in your mind over the years, add the quote to your list. Consider the deceased person's religious beliefs. It's important to avoid including anything in your poem that would offend the deceased individual's family or memory.

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    Write your poem's first draft. Focus on writing the poem as the thoughts come to you for this helps make the poem sincere and personal. Don't stop to check for spelling or grammar while you write. In addition, although some poems rhyme, it's not essential for a funeral poem. Put the poem away for a few hours to give yourself time to regroup.

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    Rewrite your poem. Read through your first draft and make any necessary changes. Proofread the new draft. Don't worry about your work being too long or short as long as it captures your memory of the deceased. Practice reading the funeral poem aloud. If any parts of your tribute sound forced or unlike anything you would say in a regular conversation, go back and examine the poem. It's important that your funeral poem sounds natural and relaxed.

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