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Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in In Memoriam | 0 comments

Poem: Dad’s Funeral

Dad wouldn’t have wanted us to grieve

Or wear black clothes, or look sad

He asked for bright colours, to celebrate

The happy life he had…


Dad wouldn’t have wanted us to leave out

The things he loved so well

Steam trains, Scouting and crosswords

And the stories he could tell


Dad wouldn’t have wanted us to feel

That his death was a tragic blight

‘Cause as long as there’s Scrabble in heaven

Don’t worry, Dad’s all right.


Dad wouldn’t have wanted us to write

A sweet, sentimental verse

He went in peace to the love of God

as he’d say, ‘Things could have been worse!’


(Yes, of course you are welcome to alter and use this poem for a funeral in your family)

Emily Lock is currently writing a memoir of her English childhood in the 1960s and 70s.

Check out Emily’s personal blog, Story Of My Life, to see her progress.


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