The loss of a father is tough on anyone, and as you go through this difficult time, there are so many things that need to be planned for the funeral. We hope to make the process a little easier for you by providing some beautiful poems, quotes and prayers for a deceased father that you can use when writing the eulogy, obituary and any other things for which you might need a special poem or quote about your dad’s memory.
A eulogy is a speech given at a funeral or memorial service to honor a person’s life and tell their story. When writing a eulogy for your father, you want to capture his personality and style of parenting from the unique perspective of his child. You have a special connection with him that very few people will completely understand. However, it’s not always easy to put that relationship and how you feel about him into words. Sometimes, it’s helpful to include a poem or quote about losing your father to really capture the sentiment that you and your siblings are feeling. There are many poems for a father’s funeral that you can add when writing a eulogy for your dad. Some poems specifically take the perspective of a daughter speaking about her father or son to father. These funeral poems for dad can be very useful additions to a eulogy.
Writing an obituary for your father is similar to writing a eulogy, but tends to focus more on factual details like dates, where he lived, and who his family members are. It’s also published in a newspaper instead of being delivered as a speech, so the structure tends to be a little more formal. If you’re struggling to write an obituary for your father, a dad memorial poem can be a nice addition to the announcement to give a more complete picture of the dad you miss.
To help you find the perfect words for anything you’re writing for your dad, we’ve compiled many funeral poems and funeral quotes about dads. These are great ways to express the way you miss your dad or hold his memory.
We’ll always remember that special smile,
That caring heart, that warm embrace you always gave us.
You being there for Mom and us
through good and bad times, no matter what.
We’ll always remember you Dad because
there’ll never be another one to replace you in our hearts,
And the love we will always have for you.
To My Father
A giant pine, magnificent and old
Stood staunch against the sky and all around
Shed beauty, grace and power.
Within its fold birds safely reared their young.
The velvet ground beneath was gentle,
and the cooling shade gave cheer to passers by.
Its towering arms a landmark stood, erect and unafraid,
As if to say, “Fear naught from life’s alarms.”
It fell one day.
Where it had dauntless stood was loneliness and void.
But men who passed paid tribute – and said,
“To know this life was good,
It left its mark on me. Its work stands fast.”
And so it lived. Such life no bonds can hold -
This giant pine, magnificent and old.
That Man is a Success
-Robert Louis Stevenson
That man is a success
who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men and women
and the love of children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better than he found it,
who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who looked for the best in others,
and gave the best he had.
Mirror – A Poem for Dad
-J. Allen Shaw
Dad, I am often told I am just like you.
I am honored beyond measure if that is true.
You were the best example of what a man should be.
I am overwhelmed that someone would say that of me.
I never told you enough, how proud I am to be called your son,
Now that you are gone, I want to tell everyone.
You gave me much more than a name,
Someday, I hope my son says the same.
Our Loving Father
God took the strength of a mountain & the majesty of a tree.
The warmth of a summer sun, the calm of a quiet sea.
The generous soul of nature & the comforting arm of night.
The wisdom of the ages and the power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring & the faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity & the depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … ‘DAD!’
Our Father’s Garden
Our Father kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
He planted all the good things,
That gave our lives their start.
He turned us to the sunshine,
And encouraged us to dream:
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.
And when the winds and rain came,
He protected us enough;
But not too much because he knew
We would stand up strong and tough.
His constant good example,
Always taught us right from wrong;
Markers for our pathway that will last a lifetime long.
We are our Fathers garden,
We are his legacy.
Thank you Dad, we love you.
– Joanna Fuchs
You may have thought I didn’t see,
Or that I hadn’t heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.
Perhaps you thought I missed it all,
And that we’d grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It’s written on my heart.
Without you, Dad, I wouldn’t be
The (woman)(man) I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away.
I’ve grown up with your values,
And I’m very glad I did;
So here’s to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid
You held my hand when I was small
You caught me when I fell
You are the hero of my childhood
And my later years as well
And every time I think of you
My heart still fills with pride
Though I will always miss you Dad
I know you’re by my side
In laughter and in sorrow
In sunshine and in rain
I know you’re watching over me
Until we meet again.
Dad's Love Remains
Those we love remain with us
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be
More than a thought apart,
Far as long as there is memory,
They'll live on in the heart.
In Loving Memory of Dad
He never looked for praises
He was never one to boast
He just went on quietly working
For the ones he loved the most.
His dreams were seldom spoken
His wants were very few
And most of the time his worries
Wen unspoken too. He was there...
A firm foundation
Through all our storms in life
A sturdy hand to hold on to
In times of stress and strife.
A true friend we could turn to
When times were good or bad
One of our greatest blessings
The man that we called Dad.
There’s A Special Place In My Heart for Him
There’s a special kind of feeling
When I think about you, Dad
It’s a pleasure to remember
All the happy times we’ve had
There’s a special kind of caring
That is meant for you alone
There’s a place somewhere
Within my heart
That only you can own
Missing you always,
Happy Father’s Day.
- James Whitcomb Riley
I cannot say and I will not say
That he is dead, he is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
He has wandered into an unknown land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
Its needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
From the old-time step and the glad return-
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of there, as the love of here
Think of him still the same way, I say;
He is not dead, he is just away.
“This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.” – Harlan Coben
“A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart.” – Jennifer Williamson
“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” – Unknown
“Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero.” – Bindi Irwin
“The loss of my father will always sting. But now, everything that I do is in honor of him and celebrates his life.” – Adrienne C. Moore
“My Father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland
“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” – Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” – Winnie the Pooh