Poems and Prayers To Put on Memorial Prayer Cards

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Memorial prayer cards are designed to create a tangible tribute for funeral attendants that they can hold on to and cherish for years to come. While prayer cards are typically religious or devotional in nature, they are becoming increasingly used in more secular funerals as well. Often the cards include a photo on one side and a nice poem, verse, or prayer on the other to honor the loved one who has passed away. Choosing the perfect poem or prayer among a sea of innumerable options can be challenging. To find a poem or prayer that represents your loved one well and brings comfort to those they left behind, take a look at this collection of poems and prayers to put on memorial prayer cards.

Poems To Put on Memorial Prayer Cards

Although most prayer cards have spiritual themes, they can be designed in any fashion that the creator wishes. Including a poem on a prayer card is a great option for those who are not religious but still want to create a nice keepsake for the funeral’s attendants that honors their lost loved one. If you’re interested in creating a prayer card but don’t already have a specific poem in mind, we have included some beautiful poems and verses below to help guide your search for the perfect verse.

Universal Poems


I’d like the memory of me

to be a happy one,

I’d like to leave an afterglow

of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo

whispering softly down the ways,

of happy times and laughing times

and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve,

to dry before the sun of happy memories

that I leave behind when day is done.

Helen Lowrie Marshall

Just a Memory Away

I’m no longer by your side, but there’s no need to weep;

I’ve left sweet recollections, I’m hoping you would keep.

Eternal joy and memories stay in our hearts forever,

Strengthening our special bond that parting cannot sever.

Now it’s time to journey on, so let your faith be strong,

For I am in a better place…I’m home where I belong.

And if times of loneliness bring sorrow and dismay,

Don’t despair, for I am there…just a memory away.

Rita S. Beer

Poems for Children

My Little Angel

You’ve just walked on ahead of me

And I’ve got to understand

You must release the ones you love

And let go of their hand.

I try and cope the best I can

But I’m missing you so much

If I could only see you

And once more feel your touch.

Yes, you’ve just walked on ahead of me

Don’t worry I’ll be fine

But now and then I swear I feel

Your hand slip into mine.

Joyce Grenfell 

Little Angel

I will not forget you, my precious little child

I will always cherish memories; the love we shared, your smile

And you will be remembered each day, right from the start

As a special little angel, who lives within my heart.

Author Unknown

Poems for Parents

Mother Dear

Beautiful things in this life

are manifold, ’tis true,

we count the stars by thousands,

the birds and flowers, too;

The sunsets and dawnings,

rare beauties far and near,

but all the wide world over,

there’s just one “Mother Dear.”

Author Unknown

Moments Before

Moments before our walk that afternoon,

I realized the path ended too soon.

Not long enough to hold his hand,

this amazing person, this loving man.

Not long enough to engage his eyes

and remember his always brimming with pride.

Not long enough to stand by his side,

as he was by mine after every rough tide.

Not long enough to laugh with him still,

after every bad joke, after every tough hill.

Not long enough to walk with this man,

who has taught me to be the person I am.

Not long enough as we walked by his wife,

to thank them both for my wonderful life.

In all the walks I’ve taken in my life,

first as a girl and now as a wife,

I’ll remember that walk I took with my father

and always wish it could have been longer.

Kelly Horn

Poems for Grandparents

Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too, This is the legacy we have from you.

You taught us love and how to fight, you gave us strength, you gave us might.

A stronger person would be hard to find, and in your heart, you were always kind.

You fought for us all in one way or another, Not just as a wife not just as a mother.

For all of us you gave your best, Now the time has come for you to rest.

So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,

Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.

Author Unknown

We Had a Wonderful Grandfather

We had a wonderful grandfather,

One who never really grew old;

His smile was made of sunshine,

And his heart was solid gold;

His eyes were as bright as shining stars,

And in his cheeks fair roses you see.

We had a wonderful grandfather,

And that’s the way it will always be.

But take heed, because

He’s still keeping an eye on all of us,

So let’s make sure

He will like what he sees.

Author Unknown

Prayers to Put on Memorial Prayer Cards

If faith was important to your lost loved one, then you may want to consider including a nice prayer on the back of the memorial prayer card for their funeral. Below, we have listed a variety of prayer options that may provide comfort to the funeral’s attendants and serve to honor your loved one well.

God Looked Around His Garden

God looked around His garden

And found an empty place.

He then looked down upon the earth

And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you

And lifted you to rest.

God’s garden must be beautiful

He always takes the best.

He saw the road was getting rough

And the hills were hard to climb,

So He closed your weary eyelids

And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you

But you didn’t go alone,

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home.

Memories Live Forever

A bouquet of beautiful memories,

sprayed with a million tears,

wishing God could have spared you,

if just for a few more years.

It does not take a special day,

for us to think of you,

each Mass we hear,

each prayer we say,

is offered up for you.

We cannot bring the old days back,

when we were all together,

our family chain is broken now,

but memories live forever.

Indian Prayer

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am

not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand

winds that blow, I am the diamond glint

on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened

grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When

you wake in morning hush, I am the swift

uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand

at my grave and cry, I am not there. I did not die.

Life is But a Stopping Place

Life is but a stopping place,

a pause in what’s to be,

a resting place along the

road to sweet eternity.

We all have different journeys,

different paths along the way,

we all were meant to learn some

things, but never meant to stay.

Our destination is a place

far greater than we know,

for some, the journey’s quicker,

for some the journey’s slow.

And when the journey finally ends,

we’ll claim a great reward,

and find an everlasting peace,

together with the Lord.

After you’ve decided which poem or prayer you would like to include on the prayer card for your loved one’s funeral, Honor You will do the rest. We are committed to taking the work out of creating beautifully designed personalized prayer cards so that you can take time to grieve. Simply send us the photos and information you would like us to include, and we will create a beautiful product that honors the memory of your loved one. To learn more about our services, contact us today.

Poems and Prayers To Put on Memorial Prayer Cards

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