Non-religious poems for a baby’s funeral

When struggling with loss and grief, some people find comfort in poetry. When read aloud, a moving poem has the ability to bring people together in quiet contemplation and mourning. The ritual of reading a poem at a funeral is a way of collectively mourning the loss of a loved one. 

Whether you’re looking for a poem to read quietly to yourself, or to be read at a funeral, we hope these bring comfort. 


Little Snowdrop, Anon

The world may never notice

If a Snowdrop doesn’t bloom,

Or even pause to wonder

If the petals fall too soon.

But every life that ever forms,

Or ever comes to be,

Touches the world in some small way

For all eternity.

The little one we longed for

Was swiftly here and gone.

But the love that was then planted

Is a light that still shines on.

And though our arms are empty,

Our hearts know what to do.

For every beating of our hearts

Says that we love you.


‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.’ Helen Keller


A butterfly lights beside us, Anon

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a

brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world:

but then it flies again. And though we wish it could

have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it.

 


‘When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.’ Anon


Warm Summer Sun, Mark Twain

Adapted from Robert Richardson’s poem ‘Annette’.

Warm summer sun,

Shine kindly here,

Warm southern wind,

Blow softly here.

Green sod above,

Lie light, lie light.

Good night, dear heart,

Good night, good night.

 


‘Each new life, no matter how brief, forever changes the world.’ Anon


 

Too Soon, Mary Yarnall

This was a life that had hardly begun

No time to find your place in the Sun

No time to do all you could have done

But we loved you enough for a lifetime

No time to enjoy the world and it’s wealth

No time to take life down off the shelf

No time to sing the songs of yourself

Though you had enough love for a lifetime

Those who live long endure sadness and tears

But you’ll never suffer the sorrowing years

No betrayal, no anger, no hatred, no fears

Just love – Only love – In your lifetime


A humanist funeral for a child

Your celebrant will create a ceremony that is bespoke to your needs. They will be able to suggest poetry, readings, and music for you to consider, and they will give you a copy of the script to keep.


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