If you’re looking for funeral poems for Grandma, we can help you find the right words to share how you’re feeling. This is a difficult time and knowing what to say can feel stressful. We’ve gathered a choice of poems and funeral readings for Nan that you can read aloud, write in messages or simply read for some comfort.
Missing You, Nan – Sarah Harrison
“The years will always roll on by
and time will always pass,
but every memory I have of you
will definitely always last.
I like to smile when I think of you.
I try not to be sad.
It’s pretty easy to do
with all the good times that we’ve had.
But sometimes I can’t help it,
and memories leak out of my eyes,
and I quickly try to brush them away.
I know you wouldn’t want me to cry.
I don’t know how it’s possible,
but I love you more now than I did then,
and I really cannot wait until
the day that I see you again.
Because, Nan, I know I would take hold of you
and never ever let you go.
Every day that passes by
I miss you more and more.”
If you’d like an uplifting funeral poem for Grandma, this could be a good choice. It acknowledges that loss is sad and difficult but encourages positivity and gratitude for the memories you had a chance to make.
She Is Gone – David Harkins
“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.”
She Is Gone is one of the most popular funeral poems. It can be used for anyone (with “she” being replaced with “he” for men), but it does make a particularly good funeral poem for Nan. It encourages us to change the way we think about people passing and focus on the positive.
A Tear for Nana – J. Allen Shaw
“Grandmother, when I think about you being gone,
My heart is saddened, and I don’t know how I’ll go on.
You always had time to listen to my complaints,
I’ve said so many times, “That woman’s a saint.”
You taught me more about life than anyone at all.
And were always available, anytime I would call.
I shed a tear because my “Nana’s” gone.
Now somehow I’ll find the strength to go on.”
If you’re looking for shorter Nan funeral poems, J. Allen Shaw’s A Tear for Nana is just 8 lines long. It talks about how a Grandma can raise you to have the strength and courage to lead a happy life, even once they’re gone.
My Grandmother – Victoria L. Payne
“In my Rose Garden of memories
I see you standing there
An angel in disguise
Who taught me how to care
I long to hear your voice
for real not in my dreams
I am missing you so much these days
how empty my world seems
People say time heals all wounds
that someday the pain will subside
But Grandma I can tell you
I think they must have lied
The emptiness I am feeling now
is strong and I am weak
These days go by without you
so dreary and so bleak
In my Rose Garden of memories
I know you’ll always be
for though you’re gone
from this mortal world
In my heart you’ll always be.”
This poem for Grandma’s funeral focuses on grief. It talks about how difficult it can be to deal with such a significant loss but reminds you that you’ll always have your memories to turn to for comfort.
My Loving Grandmother – Nivedeeta Pereira
“When I had no shoulder to lean on,
and my eyes were filled with tears.
I had my Nana to count on,
to drive away my fears.
Despite all the wrong I’d done,
when the light I couldn’t see,
Nana was my shining sun,
who gently consoled me.
She always encouraged and inspired me,
to follow my every dream,
she’d tell me that I was not alone,
cause she was my team.
She’d tell everyone about me,
what I was doing, when and how,
she preserved everything I ever gave her,
from the time I was little till now.
Without you nana I am so lost,
my tears just won’t dry,
but I believe your one of gods angels,
you spread your wings and fly.
We are sure you are around us,
in every thing we do,
your one of Gods angels we do trust,
we can see all are wishes come true.
Dear Nana we really miss you,
and wish with us you’d always be,
but since God wants you too,
I’ll keep your memories alive in me.”
This longer poem could be a good funeral reading for Nan if you’re happy to speak for a little longer. It talks about a Grandma who was always there for support and comfort and who will never be forgotten.
God Saw You Getting Tired – Anonymous
“God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you and whispered,
'Come to Me'
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.”
This religious funeral poem doesn’t talk directly about grandmothers, but it’s a good choice for someone who lived a long and full life. While it notes that loss can be heart breaking, it reminds us that your loved one is at peace now.
Nanny – Laura White
“Such wonderful memories of Nanny
The Nanny we all used to know
We kept you too long and there waiting
The angels have said you can go
Bright golden gates that are shining
Full of family to bid you hello
So blow us a kiss as you’re leaving
Our sadness we’ll try not to show
Such wonderful memories of Nanny
We all have our favourites you see
As you enter those gates you’ll be thinking
They’re all there thinking of me!”
Nanny by Laura White also has religious references, mentioning angels and golden gates. It offers the comforting reminder that your Nan knew how much she was loved and that her spirit has passed to a good place.
More funeral poems for Grandma
Only you can know the right poems to read at your Grandma’s funeral. Take some time to think about her personality, your relationship and what feels right. If the options above aren’t quite what you’re looking for, some of the recommendations below might help.