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How to use a Funeral Poem in a Eulogy Speech

Delivering a eulogy speech can be a very difficult and emotional task.  Many people like to use a poem during their speech and there are many that you can choose from.  There is no rule of thumb whether the poem should be used at the beginning, middle, or end of a eulogy. However, the poem should make the fit properly into the speech and express a relevant point, story, or relationship to add significance to what you are trying to express.

For example, the poem in the following eulogy example is the perfect fit in a eulogy given for a school teacher.  In this case the person ends with the perfect poem to fit the situation:

Eulogy Example with Funeral Poem:

Ms. Smith was a remarkable teacher.  She was a teacher in the Middle School for thirteen years.  But it wasn’t the number of years teaching that made her so remarkable.  It was how she lived, everyday, for ten years, which made her so.   

Ms. Smith loved her work.  Everyday, she walked her way purposefully to school.  She used to carry two bags, one on each hand.  On her right, she would carry the things she needed for school, while on the other, a smaller bag which contained two diligently-packed lunches: one for her, and one extra for in case some pupil forgot his/her lunch or lunch money!  Ms.  Smith was this generous and her thoughtfulness is beyond words.  These generosity and thoughtfulness was often seen and attested to by none other than her pupils and co-teachers themselves.  This was how she viewed her profession as a teacher: a place where not only knowledge can be taught, but a place where love can be sown as well, through her examples.

For Ms. Smith, teaching was not at all a profession but a mission.  On the rare and precious moments that she has invited me over for a cup of her famous hot chocolate after mowing her tiny lawn, Ms. Smith would often recount to me how important the youth is.  This was a cause she sincerely believed in and untiringly fought for.  You see, Ms. Smith believed that the problems in this world were often caused by being unloved.  And in the small world the she moved around in, in the simple daily tasks that she did everyday as a teacher, Ms. Smith made sure that no pupil, no friend, no colleague of her went uncared for and unloved.  It might be in the simple way she would greet her fellow teachers that she conveyed to them that even with the busy schedule of a teacher, a moment’s greeting would go a long way for the other person.  It might also be in the way that she stays up late after school to wait with a kid who had not been fetched by his parent.  It might be in the way that she made sure everybody in her class had taken their lunch, or in the way she can easily sensed and understood a child’s first experience with family problems in the home. 

As tiny as Ms. Smith physical frame was, she definitely had a big heart.  And she made sure that everyone got their chance inside it everyday for as long as she lived.

Ms. Smith will surely be missed by her colleagues, her neighbors, her students and most especially her family.  What consoles us now is the knowledge that she is back again to her Heavenly Father’s embrace to enjoy the same love she so generously gave and showed to the world through her life.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then 't is centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.

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