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31 Funeral Poems for your Sister

Facing the funeral of a sister is so hard. We form bonds with our sisters that are like no others, and losing that amazing relationship is devastating.

But your sisters funeral is the time when you can say goodbye. You get the chance to look back on her life and remember the incredible person she was.

You can do this in your own way or by paying tribute to your sister with a funeral reading. But a lovely way to show host how special your sister was to you is with a touching poem.

The funeral poem’s below are ideal for a eulogy or reading at a memorial service for a sister. They celebrate the life she lived or speak of how much she meant to you and how hard losing her is.

However you decide to remember your sister these funeral poem’s are a lovely way to celebrate her legacy and a beautiful tribute to all she brought to those who were lucky enough to know her.

Funeral Poems for Sisters

If Only You Could Have Stayed

Constantly thinking, 
never to be the same.
The tears fall quickly 
just hearing your name. 

Silence is golden, 
yet not anymore. 
Silence brings thoughts 
I just can’t ignore.
The nights are sleepless, 
dreams out of reach.

Crying in my pillow 
to you I beseech. 

Surrounded by family, 
I still feel alone. 

My heart is so empty.

This pain I must own. 

I wish I could hug you 
and just see your face. 

But now I have memories 
to stand in your place. 

Gone but not forgotten, 
that’s what they say. 

Of course that is true…

but if only you could have stayed.

By Catherine Lamberton


To My Sister…

I’m blessed to call you sister,

I also call you friend;

You’ve loved me unconditionally,

And stood through thick and thin.

You’ve shared my joys and sorrows,

My laughter and my tears.

You’ve been my inspiration,

As we grew up through the years.

When we were little children

We laughed and played together;

Then growing up you stood by me,

Through good and stormy weather.

There’s something God has given us,

That’s more than family;

He’s placed a love for you, my Sister,

Deep down in the heart of me.

By Allison Chambers Coxsey

to my sister funeral poem

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God’s Garden

God looked around his garden and found an empty place

He then looked down upon the Earth and saw your tired face

He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest

With the help of his angels they flew you to your heavenly place
Gods garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best

He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain

He knew that you would never get well on Earth again
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills too hard to climb

He closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be Thine”

It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone

For part of us went with you
the day God called you home.

By Melissa Shreve

god's garden poem


She is Gone

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

By David Harkins

she is gone funeral poem


Sister and Best Friend

The moment I realized,

my sister just died.

My hands cradled my face,

and I frantically cried.

Why did this happen,

and how could this be.

She had so much to live for,

we could all clearly see.

My heart simply dropped,

and felt a sharp pain.

My tears fell instantly,

Like a severe August rain.

I was truly lucky,

to have a sister like her.

Countless others,

nod and concur.

I will miss our talks,

and her comforting voice.

And those random moments,

where we’d mutually rejoice.

Rest in peace,

Sister and best friend,

My deepest love,

to the sky I shall send.

By Unknown

sister and best friend funeral poem


Dear Sister in Heaven

I sit here and ponder how very much

I’d like to talk with you today,

there are so many things

that we didn’t get to say.

I know how much you care for me,

and how much I care for you,

and each time I think of you,

I know you’ll miss me too.

An angel came and took you by the hand, and said

your place was ready in heaven, far above…
and you had to leave behind,
all those you dearly loved.

You had so much to live for,
you had so much to do…

It still seems impossible that God was taking you.

And though your life on earth is past,
in Heaven it starts anew.

You’ll live for all eternity,
just as God has promised you.

And though you’ve walked through Heaven’s gate,

we’re never far apart,

for every time I think of you

you’re right here, deep within my heart.

By Unknown


Are You There?

Often, when it’s late at night

And no one’s ’round but me,

My mind will travel back in time

To my sister’s memory.

So many scenes will fill my head.

It’s hard to keep them sorted.

All our laughter, talks and games

Through life have been aborted.

But my mind keeps you alive,

Though memories all it shows.

Still, I need to talk to you,

My questions to propose.

Are you happy where you are?

Are Mom and Dad around?

Can you see the thoughts I have

Or words I’ve written down?

Are you warm in winter time

And cool in summer’s sun?

Has the pain that sent you there

Been mercifully undone?

Do you and Mom and Dad play cards

Or talk throughout the night?

Do you still have the forest walks

You loved with pure delight?

Do you still have the laugh you had

When I’d say funny things?

So much of you I’ll never know,

Unless I had some wings!

It’s been so long since you’ve been gone,
And still, it’s hard to cope.

I want to get to where you are.

Could you throw me a rope?

Is Jacob’s Ladder still around,

Available to rent?

If you could send it down to me,

That would be heaven-sent

A rocket ship or “beam me up,”

A sling shot or a jet!

All might help me get to you.

I would have no regret!

Oh, well…

I guess that I am stuck down here

Until I pass away.

I hope you’re there to take my hand

When time is up that day.

Then we can talk and laugh again,

Play games without a care!

One more question, then I’ll go.

Will you be there?

By Brian A. Bendall


The Importance of a Sister

A sister is someone who loves you from the heart,

No matter how much you argue you cannot be drawn apart.

She is a joy that cannot be taken away,

Once she enters your life, she is there to stay.
A friend who helps you through difficult times,

Her comforting words are worth much more than dimes.

A partner who fills your life with laughs and smile,

These memories last for miles and miles.
When she is by your side, the world is filled with life,

When she is not around, your days are full of strife.

A sister is a blessing, who fills your heart with love,

She flies with you in life with the beauty of a dove.
A companion to whom you can express your feelings,

She doesn’t let you get bored at family dealings.

Whether you are having your ups or downs,

She always helps you with a smile and never frowns.
With a sister you cannot have a grudge,

She is as sweet as chocolate and as smooth as fudge.

Having a sister is not just a trend,

It is knowing you can always turn to her, your best friend.

By Shiva Sharma


Sleep, My Sister

I wish you sweet sleep, my sister dear.
Although there’s so much that you’ve left bare,

I hate that you had to endure such pain.

On my mind, your saddened eyes have left a stain.

I want to know what crossed your mind.
Unspoken words you’ve left behind.

Undone things we’ll never do.

No sharing thoughts you never knew.

A peace has fallen upon your head,

A taste of sorrow we have been fed.

It really is like a hole in our lives,

One swiftly dug but carved out by knives.

But I have hope that those sleeping will rise.

The Bible says that God will open their eyes.

No suffering, sickness, yes not even pain.

Those who did good, eternal life they’ll gain.

So…sleep on, my sister; sleep tight,
For now with you the sky is night.

But after night will come daybreak.

Therefore, I will wait hoping to see you awake.

By T. Hutchinson


Missing My Sister And Best Friend

One morning I found you in eternal sleep;
I tried to wake you as I began to weep,

But all my pleas you could not hear.

Oh, if I could have only kept you near,
Away from the voices of those who went before,

Who beckoned you to come to that distant shore.

I find it so very hard to believe

That you have gone and I must grieve;

I call out your name – you answer not,

And I look for you in every familiar spot.
Everything seems so strange and surreal.

I ask everyday is it a dream or real?

Where are the soft brown eyes of affection?

Where is the laughter and talk of childhood reflection?

Where is the loving care when I was sick or sad?

Where is the generous soul for which I was glad?

Where is the forgiving and understanding heart?

Where are the bonds that were there from the start?

I miss all the little ways you showed you cared,

For there were so many good moments we shared;

Looking back on my life’s assorted scenes,

I realized you taught me what love truly means.

You were my trusted confidante and best friend,

On whose loving support I could always depend.

I look at your smiling face in all my photos.

Memories flood my mind as I touch the mementos,
From the happy times you and I have had,

But now these bring tears and make me sad;

For the time together went by in a wink.
Life was not as long as we’d like to think.

Sometimes memories bring comfort and make me smile,

But there are times when grief takes over for a while.

Friends offer gentle words and prayers to console

And tell me what has happened to your loving soul.

Can it be true what they say of time healing grief?

Is it enough when they say death has given you relief?

Can we believe what others say of a better place,

Where our beloved ones rest in God’s warm embrace?

I should be happy you’re free of pain and sorrow,

And rejoice that you’ll always have tomorrow.

How can I then be so heartbroken and selfishly cry? 

Return to me from that peaceful place where you lie!

Now I look down at your name on a cold, hard stone

That says little of the loving light you have shone.

It tells nothing of the wonderful person you were

And only serves to remind me of the painful loss I endure;

But I know your kind soul wants no tears or pain.

Instead, you’d want warm memories and love to remain.

Although I cry and stand grief-stricken by your grave,

I promise not to forget the loving memories you gave,

But still I miss you so very much, my sister dear,

And your caring words I once again long to hear;

My heart’s only solace is one day I will see you as before,

Beckoning me to come join you on that white distant shore.

By Belinda Stotler


Broken Chain

We little knew that morning

God was to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone.

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,

Your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

and nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

By Ron Tranmer

broken chain sister poem


In Our Minds

We stand motionless,

consumed in grief.

Sorrow has arrived,

with smiles thief.

We’re gathered here,

to mourn and cry.

Our questions pointing,

at the clear blue sky.

Why did you go,

why did you leave,

Life without you,

is so hard to conceive.

Our hearts are damaged,

and scarred severely.

We shall miss you,

much more than dearly.

For having you in our lives,

we’ve all been blessed.

But now the time has arrived,

for you to rest.

We promise to cherish,

our memories of you.

You shall live in our minds,

and all that we do.

By Unknown Author

in our minds poem for sisters funeral


Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,

This is the legacy we have from you.

You taught us love and how to fight,

You gave us strength, you gave us might.

A stronger person would be hard to find,

And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,

Not just as a wife not just as a mother.

For all of us you gave your best,

Now the time has come for you to rest.

So go in peace,
you’ve earned your sleep,

Your love in our hearts,
we’ll eternally keep.

By Unknown

legacy of love sister poem


Her Journey’s Just Begun

Don’t think of her as gone away

her journey’s just begun

life holds so many facets

this earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting

from the sorrows and the tears

in a place of warmth and comfort

where there are no days or years.

Think how she must be wishing

that we could know today

how nothing but our sadness

can really pass away.

And think of her as living

in the hearts of those she touched

for nothing loved is ever lost

and she was loved so much.

By Ellen Brenneman

her journeys just begun funeral poem


Lose You

Never thought I’d lose you,

But here I am,

Standing alone,

Without you by my side,

We’re sisters for life,

We promised,

But now you’re gone,

I don’t know what to do,

Without you,

I’m going crazy,

I’m trying to hold on,

To keep strong,

But it just doesn’t feel right,

I’m waiting here,

My arms wide open,

Tears running down my face,

Ready for your return,

Even if it takes forever,

My sister…

By Adriana


If Only I Knew

If only I knew that our time would be so brief,

Spoiled you rotten I would have done.

If only I knew that would be our last phone call,

Just to listen to you speak, held on longer I would have done.

If only I knew that would be your last text,

Kept it in my inbox I would have done.

If only I knew it was the last time I was seeing you,

Called you back and hugged you tight I would have done.

If only I knew it was the last time I would see you smile,

Stood longer and watch you smile I would have done.

If only I knew that I was seeing your face for the last time,

Memorize all its features I would have done.

If only I knew that God would take you away so soon,

Spend all my time with you I would have done.

There are a lot of things I would have done differently

If only I had known.

By Sennette Gaoses


The Beach In The Sky

I closed my eyes,

Felt the warmth of the sun on my face.

All the grief and pain

Was simply too hard to erase.

I could smell the ocean in the air.

I opened my eyes only to see you far off in the distance.

I knew it was you there.

I called out your name

As I ran to you.

My prayers had been answered.

It was all too good to be true.

Beautiful as always,

You smiled and held me so near.

This moment was happening;

It was all perfectly clear.

You laughed and said,

“I’m happy you’re here.
Welcome to my beach in the sky, 

But you can’t stay forever,”

As a big sister always knows why.

“You see there is a little place at my beach in the sky.

It’s called Heaven and that’s where I live.

I am happy and content

And have no one else to forgive.”

”I dance in the sun and play in the waves.
I collect seashells as I watch the sun rise and set

All of my days.”

”I know no more hate, sorrow or grief.

I only know love and peace.

And I stand firmly with my God on that belief.”

“You have not yet learned what it takes.

You can’t be with me on my beach in the sky.

Just because you think you have faith,

You still have not learned why.”

”Go back to your world and do what you can.

Be kind and gentle to each and every man.

Have a compassionate heart.

Remember my words as we now must part.”

“Little things matter.

Be the best you can be.

Take great care with others

As you would a seashell at sea.

Be helpful, be strong

And never ask why.

That’s all it takes

To reach my beach in the sky.”

I opened my eyes

And felt the mean spring-winter cold.

It was all an illusion,

Everything I had just been told.

The snow flurries fell.

I was not on a beach

But was back in my hell.

It could have all been a dream

Until I looked down

And discovered a seashell.

By Jackie Bush Holcomb


My Sister’s Rocking Chair

Over in the corner sits an empty rocking chair,

Yet my mind’s eye can still picture her there,

Gently rocking to and fro at a slow steady pace,

Wearing a soft loving glow upon her sweet face;

As the rocking seemed to carry her worries away

And eased the painful weariness of the long day.

My sister’s old rocking chair sits so quietly now

But seems to revive my grieving heart somehow;

For it stirs fond memories of talks we once had,

Which gave us such comfort when we were sad,

Or helped us recall funny stories of childhood years

That brought glorious laughter mixed with joyful tears.

To many, it’s just an old forgotten chair in the corner,

But it is so much more to this solemn mourner;

For it is where a beloved sister would often sit,

Sharing her humorous stories with charming wit,

Or giving advice that came from a compassionate soul.

Oh, how these lovely memories now serve to console.

Sometimes I will sit in my sister’s rocking chair,

At moments when missing her is too much to bear,

And I need to feel closer to the kind, generous heart

To which I was forever bonded from my life’s start;

She was my most trusted confidante and loving friend,

Who I will always cherish beyond my life’s end.

How lonely and forlorn that old chair seems to be,

But I realize it’s not the chair that is lonely – only me!

For I miss the dear sister who once graced the chair.

Oh, how I wish she were still quietly sitting there,

Gently rocking to and fro at a slow, steady pace,

Wearing a soft loving glow upon her sweet face.

By Belinda Stotler


My Sister, My Forever Friend

Like twins, I feel I’m one of two. 

Struggling here sister without you.

Why, oh why did you have to go?

My heart is sore and it pains me so.

Others didn’t really understand.

Ours was truly an intricate bond.

We’ve had harsh words and stupid fights,
But there was no denying we were pretty tight.

You stood me high upon a pedestal,

And I felt your love till the very end.

You were proud to call me sister

And prouder still to call me friend.

Through all the years, the smiles and tears, 
For all those times you showed you cared.
For being at my side when I needed you there,

You’ve been my sister for many years.

Thanks for your loyalty, love, and generosity.

I’m the one who fell short, and that’s a pity.

For the special things only you can do,

For all those things, I thank you! 

Time and space may not be our friend,

But the yearning in my heart will never end.

I’m proud to call you my sister,

Happier still to call you my friend.

Our times together are not over yet.

Your face, your voice I’ll never forget.

I’ll seek you out wherever I go

Because I know, Sister, you love me so.

Stay in the light until we meet again.
We’ll do it better next time without the pain.

By Deborah M. Figueira


Pieces Forever Missing

Four years have now passed,

my hearts still not whole.

Pieces forever missing,

with your death, they were stolen.

The beginning proved the toughest.

Depression sunk in hard.

Just went through the motions,

yet eternally to be scarred.

Reminded through your pictures

of the life that you once knew.

Your smile ever so captivating,

those eyes of ocean blue.

Your presence is a constant,

felt in the sunrise and sunset.

Shooting stars, heart shaped rocks,

YOU… I am never to forget.

Your memory will be everlasting.

Still your voice I miss the most.

Oh, just to hear you laughing

or just to feel you close.

Four years now have passed.

No, my heart’s still not whole.

Yes, pieces forever will be missing,

but your life.. it changed my soul.

By Catherine Lamberton



Today I walked down memory lane to days of that, Our youth
I walked through our childhood and boy, was that a hoot
Our many shows and dances, our secrets never told

Continued on this trip today into our teens
I arose and laughter shook what’s left of my very soul
Kept going and not far away were soon to be our graduation days

Our paths soon led us to adulthood, where many days were spent

Our mother and new babies kept us busy to all ends
So glad we had those moments that no one will ever know

For I will treasure them wherever I may go
Until we meet, My sister, stay sweet and pure of soul
For you were and will always be the light within my soul

Those pinky swears and double dares will see me through the end

I will always love you, Until we meet again

By Betsy Fogarty


For Her Day Had Come

One day it happened

In a blink of an eye

So sadly her life ended 

Without a chance to say goodbye

She was such a happy girl

With a beautiful smile

Without a care in the world

She made it worthwhile

She made everyone think

And played with their mind

She gave a quick wink

As their faces shined

The sisterhood has gone

With smiles and good times

No partner to sing our songs

No best friend to sing our rhymes

For her day had come

To fly off to heaven

And visit our mum

In a happy haven

She left us all

Without a goodbye kiss

She was the kind of girl

The ONE we will miss

By Morgan Martinez

for her day had come funeral poem for sister


Little Megan Went To Heaven

Little Megan went to heaven and a tear fell from my eye,

But now my little sister is swinging from cloud to cloud in the sky.

I lost a sister that I love like the sun rays love the land,

Without her here it scares me so, for I’ll never understand,

Why did she have to go so soon, so far before you or I?

I wish the Lord would tell me why my sister had to die.

Friends forever is what we said when we were very young,

But now it is amazing that only the memories will live on.

Pictures I see of you and me make me very happy,

But that’s all that’s left behind, 

For I’ll never hear you laugh again or ever see you smile.

I wish this heartache would lessen, 
I wish this pain would be gone.

‘Til one day I understand why God came and took your hand.

But sister so sweet, rest in peace on the clouds above and make yourself at home,

For now your time on Earth is done and we must carry on.

By Natasha Swart


I Know Not Why

I lift mine eyes against the sky,

The clouds are weeping, so am I;

I lift mine eyes again on high,

The sun is smiling, so am I.

Why do I smile? Why do I weep?

I do not know; it lies too deep.
I hear the winds of autumn sigh,

They break my heart, they make me cry;

I hear the birds of lovely spring,

My hopes revive, I help them sing.

Why do I sing? Why do I cry?

It lies so deep, I know not why.

By Morris Rosenfeld


I know not why funeral poem

From a Sisters Perspective

The Final Flight

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took his hand when I heard his 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’ve found that peace at the end of the day.
If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My Life’s been full, I savoured much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now, He set me free.

By Unknown Author


Last Journey

There is a train at the station

With a seat reserved just for me

I’m excited about its destination

As I’ve heard it sets you free
The trials and tribulations

The pain and stress we breathe

Don’t exist were I am going

Only happiness I believe
I hope that you will be there

To wish me on my way

It’s not a journey you can join in

It’s not your time today
There’ll be many destinations

Some are happy, some are sad

Each one a brief reminder

Of the great times that we’ve had
Many friends I know are waiting

Who took an earlier train

To greet and reassure me

That nothing has really changed
We’ll take the time together

To catch up on the past

To build a new beginning

that will always last
One day you’ll take your journey

On the train just like me

And I promise that I’ll be there

At the station and you will see
That Life is just a journey

Enriched by those you meet

No one can take that from you

It’s always yours to keep’
But now as no seat is vacant

You will have to muddle through

Make sure you fulfill your ambitions

As you know I’ll be watching you
And if there’s an occasion

To mention who you knew

Speak kindly of that person

As one day it will be you
Now i can’t except this ending

And as it’s time for me to leave

Please make haste to the reception

To enjoy my drinks, they’re free!

By Timothy Coote


Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,

Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little – but not for long

And not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love that we once shared,

Miss me, but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take

And each must go alone;

It’s all a part of the Master’s plan

A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart

Go to the friends we know,

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.

By Unknown Author

let me go poem for sister


Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there, I did not die.

By Mary Elizabeth Frye


Weep Not For Me

Weep not for me though I have gone

Into that gentle night

Grieve if you will, but not for long

Upon my soul’s sweet flight
I am at peace, my soul’s at rest

There is no need for tears

For with your love I was so blessed

For all those many years
There is no pain, I suffer not

The fear is now all gone

Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on
Remember not my fight for breath

Remember not the strife

Please do not dwell upon my death

But celebrate my life

By Unknown Author


From Me

If you see a sunset, it’s me, smiling

from behind it.

If I go away far, and you see a star
if you find it, I’m inside it.

You can fold it, and hold it forever,
if you hide it.

If our words and worlds sever

if ever I lose you.

If two thousand light-years or seven
confuse you;

Remember me.
Here and in Heaven

I’ll see you.

I’ll be beguiling my filing, still smiling
to see you.

When mountains, magenta and moulded

turn red,

like you said,

You’ll find the feeling you folded

not dead.

You’ll steal the swirling sky, turning

with me.

You won’t be bounded, but burning

and free.

By Anna Williams


After Glow

I’d like the memory of me

to be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an after glow

of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo

whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times

and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve,

to dry before the sun

of happy memories

that I leave when life is done

By Unknown


These are a selection of our favorite funeral poems for sisters that are available.

Hopefully they have helped you to say goodbye to your beloved sister and remember her even after she is gone.

funeral poems for sister

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