Memorial Prayers & Poems

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    Another Leaf Has Fallen,
    Another leaf has fallen,
    another soul has gone.
    But still we have God’s promises,
    in every robin’s song.
    For he is in His heaven,
    and though He takes away,
    He always leaves to mortals,
    the bright sun’s kindly ray.
    He leaves the fragrant blossoms,
    and lovely forest, green.
    And gives us new found comfort,
    when we on Him will lean.


    Twenty-Third Psalm
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leadeth me beside the still waters.
    He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the
    paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of
    the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
    for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff
    they comfort me. Thou preparest a table
    before me in the presence of mine enemies:
    Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth
    over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
    me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell
    in the house of the Lord forever.


    The Blow was Great, the Shock Severe
    The blow was great, the shock severe,
    We little thought the end was near.
    And only those who have lost can tell
    The pain of parting without farewell.
    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    But you did not go alone.
    A part of us went with you,
    The day God called you home.
    Nothing can ever take away,
    The love a heart holds dear.
    Fond memories linger every day,
    Remembrance keeps him[her] near.


    There is a Season for Everything
    There is a season for everything,
    a time for every occupation under heaven.
    A time for giving birth, a time for dying,
    A time for planting,
    a time for uprooting what has been planted.
    A time for killing, a time for healing;
     A time for knocking down, a time for building.
    A time for tears, a time for laughter;
    A time for mourning, a time for dancing.
    A time for throwing stones away,
    a time for gathering them up;
    A time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing.
    A time for searching, a time for losing;
    A time for keeping, a time for throwing away.
    A time for tearing, a time for sewing;
    A time for keeping silent, a time for speaking.
    A time for loving, a time for hating;
    A time for war, a time for peace.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


    Prayer of Solace

    May Christ support
    us all the day long,
    ‘till the shadows lengthen,
    and the evening comes,
    and the busy world is hushed,
    and the fever of life is over
    and our work is done.
    Then in His mercy may
    He give us a safe lodging,
    and holy rest and
    peace at the last.


    Child’s Prayer
    Now I lay me down to sleep;
    I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
    If I should die before I wake,
    I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take.


    Serenity Prayer
    God grant me the Serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    and Wisdom to know the difference.


    When I Must Leave You
    When I must leave you for a little while
    please do not grieve and shed wild tears
    and hug your sorrow to you through the years
    but start out bravely with a gallant smile;
    and for my sake and in my name live on
    and do all things the same,
    feed not your loneliness on empty days,
    but fill each waking hour in useful ways,
    reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
    and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
    and never, never be afraid to die,
    for I am waiting for you in the sky!


    Safely Home
    I am home in heaven, dear ones;
    oh, so happy and so bright!
    There is a perfect joy and
    beauty in the everlasting light.
    All the pain and grief is over,
    every restless tossing passed;
    I am now at peace forever,
    safely home in heaven at last.
    There is work still waiting for you,
    so you must not idly stand,
    do it now, while life remaineth–
    you shall rest in God’s own land.
    When that work is all completed,
    He will gently call you home;
    oh, the rapture of that meeting
    oh, the joy to see you come!


    A Place Where Children Are
    What kind of place would heaven
    be with all its streets of gold,
    if all the souls, that dwell up there
    like yours and mine, were old?
    How strange would heaven’s music
    sound when harps begin to ring,
    if children were not gathered
    ‘round to help the angels sing.
    The children that God sends
    to us are only just a loan,
    He knows we need their sunshine
    to make our house a home.
    We need the inspiration of
    a baby’s blessed smile.
    He doesn’t say they’ve come to stay,
    just lends them for a while.
    Sometimes it takes them years to
    do the work for which they come.
    Sometimes in just a month or two
    our Father calls them home.
    I like to think some souls up there
    bear not one sinful scar.
    I love to think of heaven
    as a place where children are.


    Going To Heaven
    When I am gone, release me, let me go

    I have so many things to see and do.
    You mustn’t tie yourselves to me with tears,
    just be happy that we had some years.
    I gave you my love, you can only guess
    how much you gave to me in happiness.
    I thank you for the love you each have shown,
    but now it’s time I traveled on alone.
    Do grieve a while for me if you must
    then let your grief be comforted by trust.
    It’s only for a while that we must part,
    so keep our memories within your hearts.
    I won’t be far away, for life goes on,
    so if you need me call and I will come.
    Though you can’t see or touch me I’ll be near,
    and if you listen with your heart you will hear,
    all of my love around so soft and dear.
    And then when you must come this way alone,
    I’ll greet you with a smile and say, “welcome home.”


    The Lord’s Prayer
    Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done on earth
    as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who
    trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power,
    and the glory, forever.


    Day is done, gone the sun,
    from the hills, from the sky.
    All is well, safely rest,
    safely rest, all is well.
    Fading light dims the sight,
    and a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright from afar,
    drawing nigh, falls the night.
    Dear one, rest!


    The Blessing of
    St. Francis of Assisi

    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    May He show His face
    to you and have mercy.
    May He turn His countenance
    to you and give you peace.
    The Lord bless you!


    Hail Mary
    Hail Mary, full of grace,
    the Lord is with thee,
    blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and at the
    hour of our death.


    Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
    Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master, grant that
    I may not so much seek
    to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love;
    for it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that
    we are born to eternal life.


    Guardian Angel
    Guardian Angel from
    heaven so bright,
    watching beside me
    to lead me aright,
    fold thy wings ‘round me,
    and guard me with love,
    softly sing songs to me
    of heaven above.


    I’d like the memory of me
    to be a happy one,
    I’d like to leave an afterglow
    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
    behind when day is done.

    Helen Lowrie Marshall


    A Little Step Away
    To close the eye, to fall asleep,
    to draw a labored breath,
    to find release from daily cares
    in what we know as death–
    Is this the crowning of life,
    the aim or end thereof?
    The totaled sum of consciousness,
    the ripened fruit of love?
    It cannot be, for works of God
    are wrought for nobler ends,
    and those away continue on
    in the hearts of kin and friends.
    It cannot be, for they live on
    a little step away, the soul,
    the everlasting life,
    has found a better day.


    Golfers Prayer
    “Almighty God, as we play through
    our 18 holes of life, we pray that you will
    give us a drive that’s both long enough
    to reach our goals, and yet straight
    enough to keep us out of trouble.

    Help us avoid the traps and
    hazards of life; nevertheless,
    should we find ourselves in them,
    give us the tools, skills and desire
    to escape them with no penalty.
    May we always stay in bounds.

    Help us to be willing to stand by -
    and not play through -
    those in genuine need.
    May we always play with honor.

    And finally, when we’ve putted
    out on the 18th green,
    we pray that we will have demonstrated
    the integrity of our character,
    so that you will judge us worthy enough
    to join your threesome and play eternally
    on your heavenly course. Amen.”


    The Golfers Prayer
    Now I Lay Me Down
    To Sleep I Pray The Lord
    My Life To Keep
    Though I Know You’ll
    Eventually Take My Soul
    Please Let Me Prepare
    At The 19th Hole!


    God Needed an Angel in Heaven
    God needed an angel in heaven
    to stand at the Savior’s feet;
    His choice must be the rarest
    a lily pure and sweet.
    He gazed upon the mighty throng
    then stopped and picked the best,
    our child was His chosen one
    with Jesus she’s[he’s] now at rest.


    Your Gentle Face and Patient Smile
    Your gentle face and patient smile.
    With sadness we recall
    you had a kindly word for each
    and died beloved by all.
    The voice is mute and stilled
    the heart that loved us well and true.
    Ah, bitter was the trial to part
    from one so good as you.
    You are not forgotten loved one
    nor will you ever be as long as life
    and memory last we will remember thee.
    We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
    as time goes by we miss you more,
    your loving smile, your gentle face
    no one can fill your vacant place.


    We Sat Beside Your Bedside
    We sat beside your bedside,
    our hearts were crushed and sore;
    we did our best to the end,
    ‘til we could do no more.
    In tears we watched you sinking,
    we watched you fade away;
    and though our hearts were breaking,
    we knew you could not stay.
    You left behind some aching hearts,
    that loved you most sincere;
    we never shall and never will
    forget you Mother[Father] dear.


    Broken Chain
    We little knew that morning that
    God was going 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 peaceful memories,
    your love is still our guide,
    and though we cannot see you,
    you are always by 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.
    Ron Tranmer


    May You Always Walk In Sunshine
    May you always walk in sunshine
    and God’s love around you flow,
    for the happiness you gave us,
    no one will ever know.
    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    but you did not go alone,
    a part of us went with you,
    the day God called you home.
    A million times we needed you,
    a million times we’ve cried.
    If love could only have saved you,
    you never would have died.
    The Lord be with you and
    may you rest in peace.


    Walk Alone
    Should you go first and I remain,
    to walk the road alone,
    I’ll live in memories garden, dear,
    with happy days we’ve known.
    In spring I’ll wait for roses red,
    when faded, the lilacs blue.
    In early fall when brown leaves fall,
    I’ll catch a glimpse of you.
    I’ll hear your voice, I’ll see your smile,
    though blindly I may grope,
    the memory of your helping hand
    will buoy me on with hope.
    Should you go first and I remain,
    one thing I’ll have you do:
    walk slowly down that long long path,
    for soon I’ll follow you.
    I want to know each step you take,
    so I may take the same.
    For someday down that lonely road,
    you’ll hear me call your name.


    Remember, O most gracious
    Virgin Mary, that never was it known
    that anyone who fled to thy protection,
    implored thy help, or sought thine
    intercession was left unaided.
    Inspired by this confidence,I fly unto thee,
    O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
    to thee do I come, before thee I stand,
    sinful and sorrowful.
    O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
    despise not my petitions,
    but in thy mercy hear
    and answer me. Amen.


    You can only have one mother,
    patient, kind and true;
    no other friend in all the world,
    will be the same to you.
    When other friends forsake you,
    to mother you will return,
    for all her loving kindness,
    she asks nothing in return.
    As we look upon her picture,
    sweet memories we recall,
    of a face so full of sunshine,
    and a smile for one and all.
    Sweet Jesus, take this message,
    to our dear mother up above;
    tell her how we miss her,
    and give her all our love.



    You Toiled So Hard for those you Loved
    You toiled so hard for those you loved.
    You said goodbye to none,
    your spirit flew before we knew,
    your work on earth was done.
    We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
    as time goes by we miss you more.
    Your loving smile, your gentle face:
    no one can fill your vacant place.
    Your life was love and labor.
    Your love for your family true.
    You did the best for all of us.
    We will always remember you.


    I Said A Prayer For You Today
    I said a prayer for you today and
    know God must have heard.
    I felt the answer in my heart
    although He spoke no word!
    I didn’t ask for wealth or fame
    (I knew you wouldn’t mind.)
    I asked Him to send treasures
    of a far more lasting kind!
    I asked that He’d be near you
    at the start of each new day;
    to grant you health and blessings
    and friends to share your way!
    I asked for happiness for you
    in all things great and small.
    But it was for His loving care
    I prayed for the most of all!


    Miss Me
    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 too long,
    and not with your head bowed low.
    Remember the love that we once shared,
    miss me but let me go.
    For this journey we all must take,
    and each must go alone.
    It’s all part of the Master plan,
    a step on the road to home.
    When you are lonely and sick of heart,
    go to the friends we know and
    bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
    Miss me, but let me go.


    Those We Love Must Someday Pass
    Those we love must someday
    pass beyond our present sight...
    Must leave us and the world
    we know without their radiant light.
    But we know that like a candle
    their lovely light will surely shine
    to brighten up another place
    more perfect... more divine.
    And in the realm of Heaven where
    they shine so warm and bright.
    Our loved ones live forevermore
    in God’s eternal light.


    Memories Live Forever
    A bouquet of beautiful memories,
    sprayed with a million tears,
    wishing God could have spared you,
    if just for a few more years.
    It does not take a special day,
    for us to think of you,
    each Mass we hear,
    each prayer we say,
    is offered up for you.
    We cannot bring the old days back,
    when we were all together,
    our family chain is broken now,
    but memories live forever.


    I’m Free
    Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free;
    I took His hand when I heard Him call;
    I turned my back and left it all.
    If my parting has left a void;
    then fill it with remembered joy.
    My life’s been full, I savored much;
    good friends, good times,
    a loved one’s touch.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
    ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
    don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your hearts and share with me;
    God wanted me now, He set me free.


    Remembrance (for a man)
    You can shed tears that he is gone,
    or youcan smile because he has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray
    that he’ll come back, or you can open
    your eyes and see he has left.
    Your heart can be empty because
    you can’t see him, 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 him and
    only that he’s gone, or you can
    cherish his memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back,
    or you can do what he’d want,
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


    A Light is from our Household Gone
    A light is from our household gone,
    a voice we loved is stilled,
    a place is vacant in our home
    which never can be filled.
    God gave us a beautiful father –
    a father who never grew old,
    you were always there with a helping
    hand help us now to accept His plan.
    We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
    as time goes by we miss you more,
    your loving smile, your gentle face
    no one can take our “father’s place.”


    Life is but a stopping place
    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.


    Remembrance (for a woman)
    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 she has 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.


    I’ll Lend You... A Child of Mine
    “I’ll lend you for a little time, a child of
    mine, ‘Christ said. For you to love the while
    he lives, and mourn for when he’s dead. It
    may be six or seven years, or twenty-two
    or three, but will you, ‘til I call him back,
    take care of him for me? He’ll bring his
    charms to gladden you, and should his stay
    be brief, you’ll have his lovely memories
    of solace in your grief. I cannot promise
    he will stay--since all from earth return,
    but there are lessons taught down there I
    want this child to learn. I looked the wide
    world over, in search of teachers true, and
    from the throngs that crowd life’s lane, I
    have selected you. Now will you give him
    all your love, not think the labor vain--nor
    hate Me when I come to you and take him
    home again. I fancied that I heard them say,
    “Dear Lord, Thy will be done.” For all the many
    joys he’ll bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
    We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him
    while we may, and for the happiness we’ve
    known, forever grateful stay. But should
    the angels call for him, much sooner than
    we planned, we’ll brave the bitter grief
    that comes and try to understand.”


    Golfer’s Serenity Prayer
    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the shots I miss,
    the courage to try, try again,
    and the wisdom not to
    throw my clubs in the lake.


    A Bouquet of Beautiful Memories
    A bouquet of beautiful memories,
    Sprayed with a million tears,
    Wishing God could have
    spared you,
    If just for a few more years.
    It does not take a special day,
    For us to think of you,
    Each Mass we hear,
    Each prayer we say,
    Is offered up for you.
    We cannot bring the old days back,
    When we were all together,
    Our family chain is broken now,
    But memories live forever.


    If Tears Could Build A Stairwell
    If tears could build a stairwell
    and memories were a lane,
    I would walk right up to Heaven
    and bring you home again.
    No farewell words were spoken,
    no time to say good-bye...
    You were gone before I knew it,
    and only God knows why.
    My heart still aches in sadness
    and secret tears still flow,
    What it means to lose you
    no one will ever know.


    God Looked Around His Garden
    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.
    God's garden must be beautiful,
    He always takes the best.
    He saw the road was getting rough
    And the hills were hard to climb,
    So 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.


    Love Lives On
    Those we love remain with us
    for love itself lives on,
    and cherished memories never fade
    because a loved one's gone.
    Those we love can never be
    more than a thought apart,
    for as long as there is memory,
    they'll live on in the heart.


    To Laugh Often and Much
    To laugh often and much;
    to win the respect of intelligent people
    and the affection of children;
    to earn the appreciation of honest critics
    and endure the betrayal of false friends;
    to appreciate beauty;
    to find the best in others;
    to leave the world a bit better
    whether by a healthy child,
    a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
    to know that one life has breathed easier
    because you lived here.
    This is to have succeeded.
    By Ralph Waldo Emerson


    The Road Not Taken
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    Then took the other, as just as fair
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that, the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,
    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.
    by Robert Frost


    Foot Prints in the Sand

    One night I dreamed I was walking along
    the beach with the Lord. Many scenes
    from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene
    I noticed footprints in the sand.
    Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
    other times there were one
    set of footprints. This bothered me
    because I noticed that during the low
    periods of my life, when I was suffering
    from anguish, sorrow or defeat
    I could see one set of footprints.
    So I said to the Lord,
    “You promised me Lord, that if
    I followed you, you would walk
    with me always. But I have noticed
    that during the most trying periods
    of my life there have only been
    one set of footprints in the sand.
    Why, when I needed you most,
    you have not been there for me?”
    The Lord replied, “The times when you
    have seen only one set of footprints
    in the sand, is when I carried you.”


    If I Should Go
    If I should go tomorrow
    It would never be goodbye,
    For I have left my heart with you,
    So don't you ever cry.
    The love that's deep within me,
    Shall reach you from the stars,
    You'll feel it from the heavens,
    And it will heal the scars.



    Firefighter’s Prayer
    When I am called to duty, God,
    whenever flames may rage,
    give me strength to save some life,
    whatever be its age.
    Help me embrace a little child
    before it is too late,
    or save an older person
    from the horror of that fate.
    Enable me to be alert
    and hear the weakest shout,
    and quickly and efficiently
    to put the fire out.
    I want to fill my calling,
    and to give the best in me,
    to guard my every neighbor
    and protect his property.
    And if, according to my fate,
    I am to lose my life,
    please bless with Your protecting
    hand my children and my wife.


    She Is Gone
    I am standing on the seashore.
    A ship spreads her sails to the
    morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
    I am watching until she fades on the horizon,
    and someone at my side says,“She is gone.”
    Gone where? The loss of sight is in me,
    not in her. Just at the moment when
    someone says, “She is gone,”
    There are others who are watching her coming.
    Other voices take up the glad shout,
    “Here she comes!”...and that is dying.


    Never Say Goodbye To Love
    Never say goodbye to love,
    And let it pass away,
    And always hold me in your heart,
    And think of me each day.
    For my love is always with you
    From now until the end,
    For moments shared will never die,
    And true love shall transcend.
    by Keith Michael Phelan


    He Placed His Love Upon You
    Jesus knew you were fatigued,
    and no treatment was in sight,
    so He placed His Love upon you
    and with a guiding light,
    He sent you peace and blessings,
    to help you on your way,
    and never regret the life you lived,
    on this your passing day.
    We cherish the love and the time we shared,
    we know how much you really cared.
    Our sadness real, our pain remains
    as you go on to higher plains.
    by Keith Michael Phelan


    I Wish You Enough
    I wish you enough sun
    to keep your attitude bright.
    I wish you enough rain
    to appreciate the sun more.
    I wish you enough happiness
    to keep your spirit alive.
    I wish you enough pain
    so that the smallest joys
    in life appear much bigger.
    I wish you enough gain
    to satisfy your wanting.
    I wish you enough loss
    to appreciate all that you possess.
    I wish you enough “Hello’s”
    to get you through the final