The Best Funeral Poem in my Library

This is the best funeral poem that I have ever read. I have used it in most of my funerals and it always lands with those present. I think it captures both the sadness and the joy that can be swirling around during that time of loss. I actually make a habit of taking copies of this poem with me so that I can hand them out after the service. I hope it can be helpful to those who have suffered a loss but also helpful to my fellow pastors.

casketWhen Tomorrow Starts Without Me   attributed to  David M. Roman

When tomorrow starts without me And I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry The way you did today;
While thinking of the many things We didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me As much as I love you;
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name And took me by the hand.

She said my place was ready In heaven far above;
And that I’d have to leave behind, All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye;
For all my life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for, So much yet to do;
It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, The good ones and the bad;
I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday Just even for awhile,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow;
I thought of you, and when I did, My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven’s gates I felt so much at home;
When God looked down and smiled at me From His great golden throne.

He said, “This is eternity And all I’ve promised you;
Today your life on earth is past, But here it all starts anew.”
“I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last;
And since each day’s the same day, There’s no longing for the past.”

“But you have been so faithful, So trusting and so true;
Though at times you did do things, You knew you shouldn’t do.”
“But you have been forgiven And now at last you’re free;
So won’t you take my hand And share my life with me?”

So when tomorrow starts without me, Don’t think we’re far apart
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart

 

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