Funeral poems for grandfathers

Published: 20/6/2023

Losing a grandfather is an emotional experience that often leaves us at a loss for words. It's only natural to want to express our deep affection and appreciation for the influential role they played in our life. Funeral poems help provide an opportunity to capture the essence of their spirit and the impact they had on our lives.

With their eloquent verses and poignant imagery, these poems have the ability to evoke cherished memories, celebrate a life well-lived, and offer comfort during times of grief.

Poems for Grandfathers

We Had a Wonderful Grandfather- Unknown Author

We had a wonderful grandfather,

One who never really grew old;

His smile was made of sunshine,

And his heart was solid gold;

His eyes were as bright as shining stars,

And in his cheeks fair roses you see.

We had a wonderful grandfather,

And that's the way it will always be.

But take heed, because

He's still keeping an eye on all of us,

So let's make sure

He will like what he sees.


Granddad - Unknown

Granddad, you were just a lad,

So many years ago.

You had your loves and had your dreams,

You watched us come and go.

You watched us make the same mistakes,

That you had made before,

But that just made you hold us tight,

And love us all the more.

We haven't always thought about

The things that you have seen.

To us you've just been 'Granddad',

No thought of who you've been.

But we remember now in love,

Your life from start to end,

And we're just glad we knew you,

As Granddad, and as Friend.


A Grandfather Just Like You - Unknown

I just want to let you know


You mean the world to me

Only a heart as dear as yours

Would give so unselfishly


The many things you've done

All the times you were there

Help me know deep down inside

How much you really care


Even though I might not say

I appreciate all you do

Richly blessed is how I feel

Having a Grandfather just like you


Gone fishin'- Dalmar Pepper

I've finished life's chores assigned to me,

So put me on a boat headed out to sea.

Please send along my fishing pole

For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.


Where every day is a day to fish,

To fill your heart with every wish.

Don't worry, or feel sad for me,

I'm fishin' with the Master of the sea.


We will miss each other for awhile,

But you will come and bring your smile.

That won't be long you will see,

Till we're together you and me.


To all of those that think of me,

Be happy as I go out to sea.

If others wonder why I'm missin'

Just tell 'em I've gone fishin'


As I Look Up To The Skies Above - Unknown

As I look up to the skies above,

The stars stretch endlessly--

But somehow all those rays of light

Seem dimmer now to me.

As I watch the morning sun appear,

The shadows still don't fade-

As if the brightest light of all

Was somehow swept away.


Though I see the branches swaying,

And watch their dancing leaves--

The echoes carried on the wind

Don't sound the same to me.

As I listen to the morning birds

Sing softly from afar--

It seems to be a mournful tune

That echoes in my heart.


Another day has come again,

As time moves surely on--

But nothing now seems quite the same,

To know that he is gone.

The days and weeks and months ahead

Will never be the same--

Because a treasure beyond words

Can never be replaced.


The loss cannot be measured now,

The void cannot be filled--

And though someday the grief may fade,

His mark will live on still.

For even with my heavy heart,

I know that I've been blessed

To have been one whose life he touched

With warmth so infinite.

My Grandfather - Unknown

My Grandfather was a man who had smiles to brighten your days,

who always made you feel good with his warm words of praise.

And what's more he knew

what to do to make wishes come true.

He was my Grandfather

My Grandfather was someone who always had good stories to tell,

but just as importantly he knew how to be a good listener as well.

He was patient and kind

and the very best friend you could ever hope to find.

He was no ordinary man.

And I'm proud to tell the world that (Your Grandads name here)

Was my Grandfather.

(This poem can be adjusted for a Father, Grandmother, Mother)


Grampa- Unknown Author

We'll always remember

that special smile,

that caring heart,

that warm embrace,

you always gave us.

You being there

for Grandma and us

through good and bad times,

no matter what.

We'll always remember

you Grampa because

there'll never be another one

to replace you in our hearts,

and the love we will always

have for you.


Your Spirit - Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

I know that no matter what

You will always be with me.

When life separates us

I'll know it is only your soul

Saying goodbye to your body

But your spirit will be with me always.

When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch

I will know it is you singing to me.

When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely

I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.

When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention

I will know it is you reminding me

To appreciate the simple things in life.

When the sun shining through my window awakens me

I will feel the warmth of your love.

When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill

I will hear your words of wisdom

And will remember what you taught me so well'

That without rain trees cannot grow

Without rain flowers cannot bloom

Without life's challenges I cannot grow strong.

When I look out to the sea


A Love Like No Other- Paula M. Newman

From the time I was born

I guess you would know

Ten perfect fingers

Ten little toes

When you first put your finger in my tiny hand that's when I first knew

You were my papa no one else would do

As I grow older and reach for the sky

My Papa is still there to keep that twinkle in my eye

When I need someone to hold me you never say I'm too big

You pick me up and squeeze me and whisper you're my little kid

Most other people don't understand me or maybe just not as well

That's why you're the one I run to when I have something to tell

I love you Papa, as you can see

I'm so glad that you're a part of me


Granddad -  Fiona Bourke


We know you can no longer stay with us,

you fought long and hard to be with us.

We know you now watch over and protect us.

Although we cannot hear your voice or see your smiling face,

We know deep down in our hearts that you have not left us.

Instead every day you surround us with the singing of the birds,

the rising of the sun and the falling of night.

So many broken hearts are left behind,

But in our deepest despair our greatest comfort lies knowing

that you are now at peace with the angels and God.

So as times passes our tears will dry,

our hearts will mend,

but our love for you will never end.


A Poem for My Granddad - Dennis Taylor

Hello there, Granddad.

It's me, your little man,

I couldn't find you yesterday,

When I came to visit Nan.


She says you've only left the room,

You haven't gone away.

But I really miss you, Granddad

And the games we used to play.  


She says you have my teddy.

He'll keep you safe  from harm.

If the going gets hard,

just squeeze his hand

And he will keep you calm.


You've also got some sweeties.

Isn't Nana kind?

I may have stolen one or two,

But I knew you wouldn't mind.


And now that you're not here, Granddad

I'll give double hugs to Nan.

Goodnight, God bless you, Granddad,

From your loving 'little man'.

Not How Did He Die, But How Did He Live? - Unknown Author  

Not how did he die, but how did he live?

Not what did he gain, but what did he give?


These are the units to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.


Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?

But had he befriended those really in need?


Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?


Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when he passed away.


I'll Be There- Unknown Author

There was no time to say goodbye

But this I ask - please do not cry

Remember me as you think best

The happy time - forget the rest.


Look for me and I'll be there

And you will find me everywhere

In the gentle touch of breeze

That cools the skin or swirls the leaves.


In the scent and colour of flowers

That gave to me such happy hours

On sunny days under sunny skies of blue

Just think of me, I'll be with you.


In winter when there's cloud or mist

The rain will give to you my kiss

As wood smoke lingers in the air

Look for me and I'll be there.


Where seagulls cry above the sea

And surf rolls in so endlessly

Among towering trees that soar above

In all these things that i once loved

Look for me and I'll be there

You'll feel my presence everywhere.  

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As We Look Back- Clare Jones

As we look back over time

We find ourselves wondering …..

Did we remember to thank you enough

For all you have done for us?

For all the times you were by our sides

To help and support us …..

To celebrate our successes

To understand our problems

And accept our defeats?

Or for teaching us by your example,

The value of hard work, good judgement,

Courage and integrity?

We wonder if we ever thanked you

For the sacrifices you made.

To let us have the very best?

And for the simple things

Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?

If we have forgotten to show our

Gratitude enough for all the things you did,

We're thanking you now.

And we are hoping you knew all along,

How much you meant to us.        


Grandfathers - Author Unknown  

The love we have for Grandfather

Will never fade away. 

We'll think of him, our special friend 

Throughout each passing day. 

We'll walk into the room 

And see his empty chair; 

Although we know he's resting, 

We'll feel his presence there. 

The memories of his laughter, 

His warm and loving smile, 

His eyes so full of happiness, 

His heart that of a child. 

Memories are forever 

Be they laughter or of tears, 

Memories we will treasure 

Through all the forthcoming years.


Our Grandfather's Garden- Unknown  

Our Grandfather kept a garden.

A garden of the heart;

He planted all the good things,

That gave our lives their start.

He turned us to the sunshine,

And encouraged us to dream:

Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rain came,

He protected us enough;

But not too much because he knew

We would stand up strong and tough.

His constant good example,

Always taught us right from wrong;

Markers for our pathway that will last a lifetime long.

We are our Fathers garden,

We are his legacy.

Thank you Granddad we love you.

Special thanks to Jo from Big Love Ceremonies

for these touching poetry contributions.

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