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If you’re looking for a poem to read at a funeral, share in a sympathy card or just to read in quiet moments, we’ve brought together some of the most popular angel funeral poems. From a comforting reminder that the person who’s passed is watching over you to short poems for those who don’t believe in angels at all. There should be a poem in our list with the right words to share how you’re feeling or offer some comfort when you can still feel the presence of the person you’ve lost, even though they’re gone. 

My Angel Up in Heaven – David Hedges

“My angel up in heaven 
I hope you understand 
That I would give anything 
If I could hold your hand. 

I’d hold you oh so tightly 
And never let you go 
And all the love inside me 
To you I would show. 

My angel up in heaven 
For now we are apart 
You’ll always live inside of me 
Deep within my heart.” 

This is one of the most popular angel poems for funerals. It uses simple words to share how much you love and miss someone who’s passed away. Hedges talks about how he can feel his loved one’s presence wherever he goes and holds hope that they’ll meet again one day. 

You can read the full poem at Sue Ryder’s Bereavement Community

I Felt an Angel – Anonymous

“I felt an angel near today, though one I could not see 
I felt an angel oh so close, sent to comfort me 
I felt an angel’s kiss, soft upon my cheek 
And oh, without a single word of caring did it speak 
I felt an angel’s loving touch, soft upon my heart 
And with that touch, I felt the pain and hurt within depart 
I felt an angel’s tepid tears, fall softly next to mine 
And knew that as those tears did dry a new day would be mine 
I felt an angel’s silken wings enfold me with pure love 
And felt a strength within me grow, a strength sent from above 
I felt an angel oh so close, though one I could not see 
I felt an angel near today, sent to comfort me.” 

“I felt an angel” is a comforting poem. It makes a good choice of angel poem for a funeral. And it also works well as a message for a condolence card. While the author is unknown, you might be familiar with its words. It refers to an angel comforting you through your grief. This might be a religious angel. Or it could be a representation of your loved one comforting you from the afterlife. 

You can find this poem at Poetic Expressions

My Guardian Angel – Robert William Service

“A Guardian Angel - how absurd! 
I scoff at Power Divine. 
And yet . . . a someone spoke the word 
That willed me from the swine. 
And yet, despite my scorn of prayer, 
My lack of love or friend, 
I know a Presence will be there, 
To save me at the end.” 

Angel poems tend to have religious undertones. But “My Guardian Angel” by Robert William Service is a little different. In this poem, Service talks about his lack of religion, saying how he scoffs at divine powers and would’ve thought guardian angels to be nonsense. But he shows that you don’t have to be religious or superstitious to feel a presence of some sort. It’s a good choice of guardian angel poem for atheists and agnostics. 

You can read the poem in full on the Poetry Nook

On Angels – Czeslaw Milosz

“Short is your stay here: 
now and then at a matinal hour, if the sky is clear, 
in a melody repeated by a bird, 
or in the smell of apples at the close of day 
when the light makes the orchards magic. 
 
They say somebody has invented you 
but to rue this does not sound convincing 
for humans invented themselves as well.” 

This funeral poem about angels could be good for people who might doubt their existence. It asks us to look at things from a different perspective. Milosz says how people say that angels are made up. But he points out that we make up a lot of things about ourselves and our lives. He tells us to look for signs of our loved ones in the beautiful moments of life. Whether that’s looking for an actual sign or simply taking a moment to remember them. 

Read the full poem here

Angels, in the morning – Emily Dickinson

“Angels, in the early morning
May be seen the Dews among, 
Stooping — plucking — smiling — flying — 
Do the Buds to them belong? 
 
Angels, when the sun is hottest 
May be seen the sands among, 
Stooping — plucking — sighing — flying — 
Parched the flowers they bear along.” 

 

This short poem about angels was written by Emily Dickinson in the early 1800s. But it sounds as though it could’ve been written today. It uses simple words to talk about the moments you might feel your loved one near. On a sunny day. In a beautiful place. It reminds us to remember our loved ones when times are good. 

Find the full poem at All Poetry

Touched by an Angel – Maya Angelou

“We are weaned from our timidity 
In the flush of love's light 
we dare be brave 
And suddenly we see 
that love costs all we are 
and will ever be. 
Yet it is only love 
which sets us free.” 

If you didn’t read the title of Maya Angelou’s Touched By An Angel, you might not automatically consider it as an angel poem for a funeral. She doesn’t explicitly talk about heaven or wings. But she does talk about the love and light a loved one can bring into your life, even once they’ve passed. She acknowledges that love can cost us a lot – causing us pain when it’s taken away. But she reminds us that it’s this same love that can set you free from the pain too, giving you happy memories to remember your loved one by. 

You can take a look at the full poem at All Poetry.

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