(Closed) Non-religious Memorial Poem at our Wedding for my brother??

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You can always change the “and only god knows why”, to “and nobody knows why”.
You could even get a lovely picture frame and save a seat for him at your wedding.
If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say “Goodbye”.
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you –
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times
life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today~
A hollowed place within my heart
is where you’ll always stay.

Post # 5
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@bretonvirgniia:  It’s one of my favorites. There’s all kinds of garden stones, stepping stones & plaques using this poem.

Post # 7
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@bretonvirgniia:  Hm. A happy.. sad poem.

Okay, let me see what I can dig up!

Post # 9
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@bretonvirgniia:  That’s very pretty too!

I found :

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 sun 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 circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Which is beautiful, and somewhat happy, but you’d probably have to change the first and last lines to something.. else.

Post # 10
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What about writing your own? I think that would be really special.

I agree that the poem shouldn’t be a downer.

Post # 11
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you can’t find a wonderful poam, you could always go with an inspirational quote instead.


Post # 13
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sorry for your loss, my big brother who I was very close to passed away in 2011 very suddenly, so I was thinking of a way to include his memories also at our wedding along with my grandpa and my Fiance grandpa. 

I might do some tables with vintage airplanes, cars, dirtbikes, to blend things we love and things they loved while keeping with the theme of the wedding.

But I really like your poem idea thats super sweet. 

Post # 14
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999
Imagine if I was given one moment,
just a single slice of my past.
I could hold it close forever,
and that moment would always last.

I’d put the moment in a safe,
within my hearts abode.
I could open it when I wanted,
and only I would know the code.

I could choose a time of laughing,
a time of happiness and fun.
I could choose a time that tried me,
through everything I’ve done.

I sat and thought about what moment,
would always make me smile.
One that would always push me,
to walk that extra mile.

If I’m feeling sad and low,
if I’m struggling with what to do.
I can go and open my little safe,
and watch my moment through.

There are moments I can think of,
that would lift my spirits everytime.
The moments when you picked me up,
when the road was hard to climb.

For me to only pick one moment,
to cherish, save and keep,
Is proving really difficult,
as I’ve gathered up a heap!

I’ve dug deep inside my heart,
found the safe and looked inside,
there was room for lots of moments,
in fact hundreds if I tried.

I’m building my own little library,
embedded in my heart,
for all the moments spent with you,
before you had to part.

I can open it up whenever I like,
pick a moment and watch it through,
My little library acts as a promise,
I’ll never ever forget you


Post # 16
7637 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There’s a poem I’ve seen quoted at a few funerals. In fact a problem might be that it’s overused:

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 we once shared,  Miss me, but let me go!  

For this a journey 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 of heart  Go to the friends we know,  And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,  Miss me, but let me go.

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