Can you recommend and appropriate poem for a eulogy or memorial service?
It is difficult to make a specific recommendation, but here are a couple of poems that, while not religious, can be fitting for such an occasion:
Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints upon the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain and
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morningís hush,
I am that swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
Iíd like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
Iíd like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
Iíd like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
Iíd like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.
Donít grieve for me, for now Iím free
Iím following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My lifeís been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved oneís touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Donít lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.
I have never been able to find the names of the authors of any of these three poem
Thanks -- Steven Moeller