We have assembled a collection of 21+ best funeral poems for a beloved sister to help you celebrate her life and her enduring love.
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This first poem is a beautiful reflection on the how truly special it is to have a sister. It captures the special bond that you shared with your sister.
The Importance of a Sister
By Shiva Sharma
A sister is someone who loves you from the heart,
No matter how much you argue you cannot be drawn apart.
She is a joy that cannot be taken away,
Once she enters your life, she is there to stay.
A friend who helps you through difficult times,
Her comforting words are worth much more than dimes.
A partner who fills your life with laughs and smile,
These memories last for miles and miles.
When she is by your side, the world is filled with life,
When she is not around, your days are full of strife.
A sister is a blessing, who fills your heart with love,
She flies with you in life with the beauty of a dove.
A companion to whom you can express your feelings,
She doesn’t let you get bored at family dealings.
Whether you are having your ups or downs,
She always helps you with a smile and never frowns.
With a sister you cannot have a grudge,
She is as sweet as chocolate and as smooth as fudge.
Having a sister is not just a trend,
It is knowing you can always turn to her, your best friend.
We love this next funeral poem. While it was originally written for a mom, we modified it for a sister who is now an angel in disguise, always protecting us.
I Never Saw Your Wings (Modified)
By an Unknown Author
How is it that I never saw your wings
when you were here with me?
When you closed your eyes and soared
to the Heavens I could hear the
faint flutter of you wings as you left.
Your body no longer on this side
Your spirit here eternally I see your halo shine.
I close my eyes and see the multi-coloured wings
surround me in my saddest moments and my happiest times.
Sister my angel God has given you your assignment
always my sister forever my angel.
You fly into my dreams and when I am asleep
I feel your wings brush against my face wiping away
the tears I shed since I can no longer hold
you in my arms but in my heart.
You earned those wings dear sister
and you will always be my angel eternal.
This poem reflects the unconditional love and special relationship you had with your sister since childhood. The words are a perfect way to thank your sister for her friendship and love.
This would be an appropriate poem to read at a funeral or memorial service, and even a celebration of life ceremony.
To My Sister…
By Allison Chambers Coxsey
I’m blessed to call you sister,
I also call you friend;
You’ve loved me unconditionally,
And stood through thick and thin.
You’ve shared my joys and sorrows,
My laughter and my tears.
You’ve been my inspiration,
As we grew up through the years.
When we were little children
We laughed and played together;
Then growing up you stood by me,
Through good and stormy weather.
There’s something God has given us,
That’s more than family;
He’s placed a love for you, my Sister,
Deep down in the heart of me.
This touching and uplifting poem provides comfort to guests attending a funeral, memorial service, or celebration of life. It reflects on the beautiful life of your sister and expresses gratitude that she has “found peace at the end of the day.”
The Final Flight
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the end of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
This heart-wrenching funeral poem reflects on the deep sorrow that comes from losing a beloved sister. While she is gone, she will never be forgotten.
Never thought I’d lose you,
But here I am,
Without you by my side,
We’re sisters for life,
But now you’re gone,
I don’t know what to do,
I’m going crazy,
I’m trying to hold on,
To keep strong,
But it just doesn’t feel right,
I’m waiting here,
My arms wide open,
Tears running down my face,
Ready for your return,
Even if it takes forever,
We absolutely love this next poem for remembering a beloved sister. This poem eloquently conveys what our loved ones who have passed away would want us to know: grieve for me, but do not be consumed by grief; instead, focus on the love and joy I brought into your life.
This touching funeral poem is suitable for a traditional funeral service, memorial service, or celebration of life service. It would be a beautiful tribute to a sister who died.
Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little – but not for long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me, but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone;
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.
This next funeral poem for sister provides comfort in knowing that even though she is no longer with us, she can still be seen in the sunset or night sky, if you take the time to look for her.
By Anna Williams
If you see a sunset, it’s me, smiling
from behind it.
If I go away far, and you see a star
if you find it, I’m inside it.
You can fold it, and hold it forever,
if you hide it.
If our words and worlds sever
if ever I lose you.
If two thousand light-years or seven
Remember me. Here and in Heaven
I’ll see you.
I’ll be beguiling my filing, still smiling
to see you.
When mountains, magenta and moulded
like you said,
You’ll find the feeling you folded
You’ll steal the swirling sky, turning
You won’t be bounded, but burning
“Weep Not For Me” reassures us that a beloved sister is at peace, and encourages us to dwell on her beautiful life, not on how she died. This funeral poem for sister is appropriate for all types of service, from a traditional and religious funeral, to a less formal celebration of life gathering.
Weep Not For Me
Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet flight
I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years
There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life
When looking for a poem to read in memory of a sister, you should consider the following famous funeral poem written by Mary Elizabeth Frye in the 1930’s. It is a beautiful tribute to a sister who died, but who shall always be with you.
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
By Mary Elizabeth Frye
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
If your sister suffered from an illness that left her in pain before her passing, this beautiful poem offers comfort by reminding family and friends that she is no longer in any pain and is in God’s beautiful garden. The author’s eloquent words evoke a beautiful picture of what heaven would be like, and is wonderful way of remembering a sister.
By Melissa Shreve
God looked around his garden and found an empty place
He then looked down upon the Earth and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
With the help of his angels they flew you to your heavenly place
Gods garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best
He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never get well on Earth again
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills too hard to climb
He closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be Thine”
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you the day God called you home.
When you have lost a beloved sister, there isn’t a day that goes by when you don’t think: “I miss my sister. I wish she was still here.” This next poem is written in the voice of the person who has passed, and reminds us that our sister would want us to remember her with happiness, love and joy.
This inspirational poem would be perfect for a sister’s celebration of life or memorial service.
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done
Remembering my sister will sometimes make me smile, and other times make me cry. This touching poem uses powerful imagery to reflect the mixed emotions that we feel when we are grieving.
I Know Not Why
By Morris Rosenfeld
I lift mine eyes against the sky,
The clouds are weeping, so am I;
I lift mine eyes again on high,
The sun is smiling, so am I.
Why do I smile? Why do I weep?
I do not know; it lies too deep.
I hear the winds of autumn sigh,
They break my heart, they make me cry;
I hear the birds of lovely spring,
My hopes revive, I help them sing.
Why do I sing? Why do I cry?
It lies so deep, I know not why.
We should remind ourselves that our dear sister is destined for heaven. Life is just a temporary stopping place on the way to eternity. This comforting poem is perfect for a religious funeral or memorial service for a sister.
Poem of Life
By an Unknown Author
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay…
Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey’s quicker,
For some the journey’s slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.
This next funeral poem is a beautiful tribute to a sister that died. It reminds us to focus on the incredible and beautiful life of a sister instead of focusing on the pain of her loss.
She is Gone
By David Harkins
You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
If your sister was also a wife, mother, and grandmother, this next funeral poem is taylor-made for her. It beautifully captures how thankful we all are for her love and her legacy.
Legacy of Love
A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.
This next funeral poem offers comfort to those that lost a sister to a long illness. She is now at peace, free from suffering and sickness. We look forward to being reunited with her in heaven one day.
Sleep, My Sister
By T. Hutchinson
I wish you sweet sleep, my sister dear.
Although there’s so much that you’ve left bare
I hate that you had to endure such pain
On my mind, your saddened eyes have left a stain.
I want to know what crossed your mind
Unspoken words you’ve left behind
Undone things we’ll never do
No sharing thoughts you never knew.
A peace has fallen upon your head
A taste of sorrow we have been fed
It really is like a hole in our lives
One swiftly dug but carved out by knives.
But I have hope that those sleeping will rise
The Bible says that God will open their eyes.
No suffering, sickness, yes not even pain,
Those who did good, eternal life they’ll gain.
So… sleep on my sister, sleep tight
For now with you the sky is night.
But after night will come daybreak
Therefore I will wait hoping to see you awake.
This heartfelt poem captures the deep grief of pain and emptiness we feel after the loss of a sister. Life will never be the same without her.
If Only You Could Have Stayed
By Catherine Lamberton
never to be the same,
the tears fall quickly
just hearing your name.
Silence is golden
yet not anymore
silence brings thoughts
I just can’t ignore.
The nights are sleepless,
dreams out of reach.
Crying in my pillow
to you I beseech.
Surrounded by family,
I still feel alone.
My heart is so empty,
this pain I must own.
I wish I could hug you
and just see your face.
But now I have memories
to stand in your place.
Gone but not forgotten,
that’s what they say.
Of course that is true…
but if only you could of stayed.
This funeral poem for sister describes the emotions you feel while grieving her loss, but it also ends with a promise to remember her forever. This poem would be a wonderful way to honour your sister’s memory at a funeral or memorial service.
In Our Minds
We stand motionless,
consumed in grief.
Sorrow has arrived,
with smiles thief.
We’re gathered here,
to mourn and cry.
Our questions pointing,
at the clear blue sky.
Why did you go,
why did you leave,
Life without you,
is so hard to conceive.
Our hearts are damaged,
and scarred severely.
We shall miss you,
much more than dearly.
For having you in our lives,
we’ve all been blessed.
But now the time has arrived,
for you to rest.
We promise to cherish,
our memories of you.
You shall live in our minds,
and all that we do.
If you were lucky enough to consider your sister to be your best friend, this next poem gives tribute to that special bond. It would be a meaningful poem to read at her funeral service, memorial service, or celebration of life ceremony.
Sister and Best Friend
The moment I realized,
my sister just died.
My hands cradled my face,
and I frantically cried.
Why did this happen,
and how could this be.
She had so much to live for,
we could all clearly see.
My heart simply dropped,
and felt a sharp pain.
My tears fell instantly,
Like a severe August rain.
I was truly lucky,
to have a sister like her.
nod and concur.
I will miss our talks,
and her comforting voice.
And those random moments,
where we’d mutually rejoice.
Rest in peace,
Sister and best friend,
My deepest love,
to the sky I shall send.
“Broken Chain” is a funeral poem that would be appropriate for a religious service. This poem describes the passing of a loved one as a break in your family chain. Although your family may feel broken after the passing of a sister, this poem reassures you that God will mend your family one day when you are all reunited in heaven.
By Ron Tranmer
We little knew that morning
God was to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
This spiritual poem provides us with comfort when mourning the loss of a beloved sister. Although her journey on earth is over, it is only one part of her journey.
Her Journey’s Just Begun
By Ellen Brenneman
Don’t think of her as gone away
her journey’s just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days or years.
Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
and she was loved so much.
This next funeral poem is a beloved classic. It mourns a sister who is no longer with us, but who will never be forgotten. It is often read at religious funeral or memorial services.
Dear Sister in Heaven
I sit here and ponder how very much
I’d like to talk with you today,
there are so many things
that we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you care for me,
and how much I care for you,
and each time I think of you,
I know you’ll miss me too.
An angel came and took you by the hand, and said
your place was ready in heaven, far above…
and you had to leave behind, all those you dearly loved.
You had so much to live for, you had so much to do…
It still seems impossible that God was taking you.
And though your life on earth is past, in Heaven it starts anew.
You’ll live for all eternity, just as God has promised you.
And though you’ve walked through Heaven’s gate,
we’re never far apart,
for every time I think of you
you’re right here, deep within my heart.
This next gorgeous poem was submitted to us by an Love Lives On reader and we absolutely love it. It was written in memory of his first wife who passed away from Lupus but is applicable to anyone grieving the loss of a sister.
By Timothy Coote
There is a train at the station
With a seat reserved just for me
I’m excited about its destination
As I’ve heard it sets you free
The trials and tribulations
The pain and stress we breathe
Don’t exist were I am going
Only happiness I believe
I hope that you will be there
To wish me on my way
It’s not a journey you can join in
It’s not your time today
There’ll be many destinations
Some are happy, some are sad
Each one a brief reminder
Of the great times that we’ve had
Many friends I know are waiting
Who took an earlier train
To greet and reassure me
That nothing has really changed
We’ll take the time together
To catch up on the past
To build a new beginning
One that will always last
One day you’ll take your journey
On the train just like me
And i promise that I’ll be there
At the station and you will see
That Life is just a journey
Enriched by those you meet
No one can take that from you
It’s always yours to keep’
But now as no seat is vacant
You will have to muddle through
Make sure you fulfill your ambitions
As you know I’ll be watching you
And if there’s an occasion
To mention who you knew
Speak kindly of that person
As one day it will be you
Now i can’t except this ending
And as it’s time for me to leave
Please make haste to the reception
To enjoy my drinks, they’re free!
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