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Poems for Funerals: Are They a Good Option?

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 175

Traditionally at a funeral a eulogy is normally delivered that talks about the person being mourned. In recent years however it has become increasingly common to use a poem instead. There are varying opinions about whether or not this is a good idea. It is important to make sure that you weigh both the pros and the cons of using a poem at a funeral.

The main reason that you would want to use a poem at a funeral is that it can often allow you to express your feelings better than you could do it yourself. Most people have a hard time putting their feelings into words so they often are not able to say what they intended. Poets on the other hand are experts at this so there is a pretty good chance that you will be able to find a poem that does a better job of expressing your feelings than you could.

The other big reason that you would want to use a poem at a funeral is that in a lot of cases it was the deceased wants. Most people will let their families know ahead of time what kind of funeral they want and in many cases they will prefer that a poem be read. This is especially true if they have a poem that is particularly meaningful to them.

While there are good reasons to use a poem at a funeral there are also a couple of reasons that it may not be a good idea. The biggest of these is that there is something rather impersonal about using a poem. After all the poet didn't know the person being mourned so the poem will not talk specifically about them. The other reason that a poem may not be a good idea is that in many cases people will be expecting eulogy.

The decision about whether or not to use a poem at a funeral is going to have to be made by all of the people who are close to the deceased as a group. If somebody has strong feelings one way or the other it is probably best not to force the issue. One option that you do have if there is no agreement is to use both a poem and a eulogy. If that is what you are going to do you are going to want to make sure that you keep both of them fairly short.

The best poems for funerals are the ones that truly express how you feel. There are lots of poems for funerals that you can choose from to make sure that you pick the right one.

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