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I'm browsing the net - looking for poems on grief that I can read at my grandmother's burial tomorrow (nothing like last minute eh?)

this won't work for my circumstances but it captured my attention that's for sure

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West.
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W. H. Auden

I also have to memorialize my aunt on Thursday on lunch to a few hundred people ... writing that has been sucking my energy ...

I think I'm going with this poem for the graveside

Another Year

Another year has come,
And you, so far away from me now;
But in my heart still.
Forever, I will hold you close.
Each smile, laugh and tear I’ve cried
A testament to your presence.
I will always love you,
No matter what happens.
Your death can not separate us.
I’m right here, loving you as always.
My heart is true and strong.
I will never forget your spirit.
You are with me on this journey.
I raise your light to the heavens, and smile.

by Brenda Penepent

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The first one was read at the funeral in "Four Weddings and a Funeral". It's a beautiful poem. I'm sorry about your grandmother and your aunt.

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I admire your courage in offering thoughts/comfort/a moment to eulogize.

Done it twice in the past 2.5 years, for my Dad in 2006 and my Mom in 2008. It was tough -- very tough -- and took a boatload of effort, but I wouldn't have had it any othe way.
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