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Subject - Bereavement & Loss

If you are searching for a poem to read at a memorial service or are simply looking for some words of comfort perhaps these will help you in your loss.


  1. Bread and Music by Conrad Aiken

    simple things hold the memories of our loved ones

  2. Prospice by Robert Browning
  3. Beautiful Hands by Emma M. H. Gates
  4. Open, Time by Loise Imogen Guiney
  5. Calm on the Bosom of our God by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

    They that have seen thy look in death
    No more may fear to die.

  6. A Song of Faith by Josiah Gilbert Holland
  7. The Exequy by Ben King
  8. Parted by Alice Meynell
  9. Time Does Not Bring Relief by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  10. L'Envoi by John G. Neihardt
  11. A Happy Man by Edwin Arlington Robinson
  12. Remember by Christina Rossetti

    Better by far you should forget and smile
    Than that you should remember and be sad

  13. Losses by Carl Sandburg
  14. Requiescant by Frederic George Scott
  15. Death of an Infant by Lydia H. Sigourney
  16. Crossing the Bar by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    sailing as a metaphor for life (and death)

  17. Asleep by William Winter

    And he said, "My love was weary--God bless her! she's asleep."

The subject indexes are a wonderful way to browse Poets' Corner, leading you to works you might not find any other way. I hope also that they can help the site to seem less overwhelming than it might at first. If you have suggestions or comments about the Subject Indicies please contact Jon Lachelt.

The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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