Losing a loving father is tough, no matter who you are. What makes things even more challenging is that you may need to handle all your father’s funeral arrangements, and there are many different details to plan during this difficult time. From readings to funeral flowers, planning a Mom’s or Dad’s funeral is a difficult process.
Planning a funeral service, like grieving, is a process. Our hope at FuneralPrints is to make that process easier for you by providing beautiful and popular poems, quotes, and prayers that you can use for your ceremony. Include them as part of the eulogy, obituary, or anything else that will honor your beloved dad’s memory. If you choose, some of these best funeral poems can be used as part of a celebration of life.
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A eulogy, or funeral speech, is a formal remembrance speech given at a funeral or memorial service, that honors the deceased loved one’s life and tells their story. The commendatory oration is typically given by a family member or someone who was close to the person who passed, in this case, your father.
When writing a eulogy for your dad, you will want to capture and express his personality, parenting style, and legacy from the unique perspective of his child. You may remember him as an affectionate father who was always with you during the good and the bad times, or a nurturing dad who planted in you seeds of self-esteem or who gave you a sense of pride. You may reminisce about his unique qualities, such as his special smile, warm embrace, or caring heart. You can also share some of the life lessons you learned from him or some words of good cheer he would always tell you during the lowest points of your life.
You may have a special connection with him that few people will completely understand. However, it’s not always easy to put that relationship and how you feel about him into words. After all, there were surely a million priceless memories you shared together. A pre-written composition can be very helpful in such a situation.
Oftentimes, a carefully chosen prayer, poem, or quote can go a long way in communicating the sentiments of you and your siblings. Fortunately, there are many creative and profound passages that you can add when writing a eulogy for your father. Some take the perspective of a son or daughter, while others are more open-ended. Perhaps, your father was not just a father but also a close friend. In this case, you can write your own epitaph on a friend. These can be really useful additions to a eulogy.
Writing an obituary for your dad is similar to writing a eulogy. An obituary is a news article that announces the passing and tends to focus more on providing factual details such as dates and times, where he lived and worked, and the names of his immediate family members. You will also want to include the time and date of the funeral.
Another important difference with obituaries is that they are published in newspapers rather than being delivered in speech form. Thus, the structure of the writing is expected to be somewhat formal. Adding an illustrative memorial poem or quote to the announcement, however, can be an effective way of providing a more complete picture of who your father was in a concise manner.
To help you find the right words for your eulogy or obituary, here are some perfect poems, quotes, and prayers to celebrate your dad and convey how much you miss him. Remember, you can create your own printed funeral products quickly and affordably and have them delivered overnight with FuneralPrints.
We’ll always remember that special smile,
That caring heart, that warm embrace you always gave us.
You being there for Mom and us
To My Father
-Georgia HarknessA giant pine, magnificent and old
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.
He is Gone
- David Harkins
You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
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 him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
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.
A Special Place In My Heart for Him
- Author Unknown
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.
Not How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?
- Summer Sandercox
Not, how did he die, but how did he live?
Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of his birth.
Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer,To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say, But how many were sorry when he passed 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