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Funeral Poems: Should They Be Used Instead of a Eulogy?

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 195

A lot of people have started to use poems at funerals in place of the eulogy. They do this for a few different reasons but usually it is because they can't find the right words themselves. Whether you use a poem or not is entirely up to you but you should give some thought to just why you are using a poem instead of a eulogy.

The main reason that people often like to use a poem instead of a eulogy at a funeral is that often they have a hard time putting how they feel into words. It can be a challenge to write a eulogy and a lot of people find that they simply cannot do a very good job of it. If that is the case then a poem may well be the best option.

The problem with using a poem instead of a eulogy is that a lot of people use it as an easy way out. Few people like writing eulogies and for most of us it is something that we probably only do on a couple of occasions at most. This lack of experience tends to lead people to look for ways to avoid having to write a eulogy which usually leads them to a poem. This may not be a bad option if you really can't come up with something to write but you should at least make an effort to come up with a eulogy before you decide to resort to a poem.

The whole point of funeral is to remember the life of the person being mourned and to express how you feel about their loss. A poem written by somebody who never met the deceased simply can't do the job. Admittedly most people have similar feelings when somebody dies so you should be able to find a poem that is appropriate but it is not going to be as personal as something that you wrote.

If you want to use a poem for the funeral the best option would be to write one yourself. That being said if you are not comfortable writing the eulogy you are probably not going be comfortable writing a poem either. If you decide that you just can't come up with the right words and are going to use a poem you should at least write a short speech about the person being mourned. Even if it is not a full eulogy it will make things more personal.

Funeral poems can be a great way to express your feelings for a deceased loved one. The most popular of all the funeral poems is Funeral Blues but there are lots of others that you can choose from.

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