Funeral Poems for Dad

Tamsen Butler
People at a funeral

Funeral poems for dad can help you express how much you will miss and love him. Sometimes a poem can step in when you don't feel as if you can put your own words together.

Original Poems for Dad

When you're presenting a poem in honor of your father at his funeral or memorial service, a shorter poem is best. You will likely be full of emotion, and a lengthy poem might be too much to get through, especially when presenting in front of emotional loved ones. Below are some original poems suitable for reading and they are intentionally short so you can get through them without your emotion taking over.

For a Strong Dad

Strong to the very end
He was my best friend
Always ready to help me
He fiercely loved his family.

He stood tall and sure
He helped me mature
His strength and his love for me
Will remain a part of his legacy.

For a Dad Who Was Always There

Though the world is confusing and full of pain
Dad, Father, Daddy.

Despite the harsh sun and the torrential rain
Dad, Father, Daddy.

I'm hurt. I'm scared. I'm tired
Dad, Father, Daddy.

When others leave me uninspired
Dad, Father, Daddy.

There's only been one on who I could count
Dad, Father, Daddy.

Your role, to me, was paramount.
Dad, Father, Daddy.

For a Dad Who Taught Life Lessons

There's a big hole in my heart now that you're gone.
You taught me life isn't a sprint - it's a marathon.

At this point in the race, I want to collapse
But you taught me to not let my fortitude lapse.

So I'll arise and keep on going
Without the man I saw as a king.

The hole in my heart will always be there
Losing you now just doesn't seem fair.

Goodbye, Dad. Watch over me
So I can feel your presence daily.

For a Dad in Heaven

Girl at a funeral

My father, my angel, my rock, my friend
I know that this life isn't truly the end.
Go soar with the angels and praise our Lord
With the praising and joy you'll never get bored.
I'll see you again Dad when my time is done
Knowing you're there makes Heaven seem more fun.
Strong to the very end
He was my best friend
Always ready to help me
He fiercely loved his family.
He stood tall and sure
He helped me mature
His strength and his love for me
Will remain a part of his legacy.

Tips for Using Dad Poems at a Funeral

Before you read the funeral poem you found online, consider the following:

  • To make sure you don't stumble over the words, read the poem as many times as you can. Read it to yourself and read it aloud. Read it in front of a mirror and in front of loved ones.
  • Consider having soft music played in the background while you read the poem at the funeral. It will enhance the effect of it by giving it that special touch.
  • Turn it into a song if you can sing or have someone else sing it. You can make it even more powerful if you can put the poem to music and sing it in your beautiful voice.
  • Make sure the poem isn't too long. Grievers are already overwhelmed with emotions and listening to a long poem can make them shut down and stop listening. A short, powerful, and beautiful poem will deliver the message that everyone will remember.
  • If you have access to a slideshow program and presentation tools at the funeral, you can display photos of your father while you read the poem. The poem will direct your thoughts and emotions to the audience's ears while the slideshow will enhance that message through their site, which will make it incredibly touching.

Poetry for Dad at a Funeral

If you decide to use a poem that you found online, make sure to credit the author. It's easy to simply say, "This poem was written by …".

Writing Your Own Poem for Dad

If you can't find a funeral poem for your dad that speaks your heart, you may want to write your own. Use some of the poems you find online as inspiration and then insert some of your own thoughts and feelings. Don't worry if it doesn't sound poetic or it doesn't flow, as long as it says what you want it to say, you have the perfect poem.

Funeral Poems for Dad