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Mary's Ideas:

Play your loved one's favorite songs at the service. Put the collection of songs on a CD and give it to those who attend the service, and send out a copy with thank you notes to those who sent flowers but could not attend.

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These items make great gifts to give out at a memorial service or celebration of life:

Heart forget-me-not seed cards
Personalized Heart Forget-me-not Seed Cards:
Plant the heart and forget-me-not flowers will grow.

Angel Pocket Charms
Angel Pewter Pocket Charms:
Finding the charm in your pocket will remind you of your loved one.

Forget-me-not seed pouches
Forget-me-not seed packets
: Blue velvet pouches contain vials of forget-me-not seeds to grow in honor of your loved one.


Memorial seeded cards

Death Poems for a funeral or memorial service

Glass Remembrance Heart with Clock
Glass Remembrance Heart with Clock

More memorial gifts

Funeral thank you note cards
Funeral thank you notes
Seed cards
Plantable Heart Wildflower Seed Cards

Are you seeking death poems to read at a funeral or memorial service? Below you will find memorial poems for your mother, father, sister or friend. It's an extensive list of our favorite funeral poems, verses, sayings and quotes to read at a celebration of life. The poems can be read at the service, or included in the memorial folder.

Death Poems

The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace
After the clouds, the sunshine,
after the winter, the spring,
after the shower, the rainbow,
for life is a changeable thing.
After the night, the morning,
bidding all darkness cease,
after life's cares and sorrows,
the comfort and sweetness of peace.

Helen Steiner Rice


Our joys will be greater
Our love will be deeper
Our lives will be fuller
Because we shared your moment


'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was'

Hebrew proverb


Perhaps they are not
stars in the sky,
but rather openings
where our loved ones
shine down
to let us know they
are happy.


If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane, I’d walk
right up to heaven and bring you
home again.


A gift for such a little while,
your loss just seems so wrong,
you should not have left before us,
it’s with loved ones you belong.


When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little--but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me - But Let me Go!

Author Unknown

Memorial Jewelry

We have a nice selection of memorial jewelry. Most of it can be personalized with your loved one's name. There are also pieces that are miniature urns, and can hold a small amount of ashes.



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
they'll never be another one
to replace you in our hearts,
and the love we will always
have for you.


Goodbye To My Dad

Goodbye Dad, I had to say
A few months ago on a cold winter day
I’ll remember the good times and try not to be sad
But saying goodbye still hurts so bad
I miss you more then I can express
My love for you will never grow less
I keep trying to imagine how I will go on
I realize tomorrow is another dawn
I know you’re in heaven above
Looking down on us with all your love
Only to whisper in our ear
Remember that I’ll never stopped loving you dear
I’ll always remember the good times we had
Remember the man, my wonderful Dad
I’ll remember you each and every day
And if I need to talk to you, I’ll just sit down and pray
One day we’ll be together again
To talk about all the places we been
Until the time I’ll always treasure
Having you for a Dad was such a great pleasure

By Debra Marie Stratton-VanBuskirk


Not, How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?

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 birth.
Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word 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.


"What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning."


A butterfly captures our hearts
from the moment they appear.
They are vibrant and graceful
as their presence lifts our spirits.
Gone much too soon,
they will never be forgotten.


Oh, Little Butterfly,
Messenger of God,
When I see you in the sky,
I cannot help but nod.
You bring me respite,
From grief and dispair,
Everytime I see you,
Sailing through the air.
You renew my faith,
In all God's wondrous plan,
And I know it's all in faith,
Not in what I understand
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.


As you danced in the light with joy,
love lifted you. As you brushed against
this world so gently, you lifted us.

T.C. Ring

Love is like a butterfly; it goes where it pleases
and pleases wherever it goes

Perhaps you would like to have one of these readings printed on butterfly forget-me-not seed cards. Friends and family can plant them and blue forget-me-not flowers will grow in their memory. Cards can be custom printed and shipped overnight. View the video for more information.

Forget me not flowers


As you release this butterfly in honor of me,
know that I'm with you and will always be.
Hold a hand, say a prayer, close your eyes and see me there.
Although you may feel a bit torn apart,
please know that I'll be forever in your heart.
Now fly away butterfly as high as you can go,
I'm right there with you more than you know.


Don't weep at my grave,
for I am not there,
I've a date with a
butterfly to dance in the air.
I'll be singing in the
sunshine, wild and free
playing tag with the wind
while I am waiting for thee.


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,
for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart.


The Magic of a Mother's Touch
There's magic in a Mother's touch,
and sunshine in her smile.
There's love in everything she does
to make our lives worthwhile.
We can find both hope and courage
Just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy,
her works are warm and wise.
There is a kindness and compassion
to be found in her embrace,
and we see the light of heaven
shining from a Mother's face.

What is a Mom?

A mom is one of life's best gifts,
Someone to treasure all life through,
She's caring and loving,
Thoughtful and true,
Someone who is always a special part of your life,
Someone who holds a prime place in your heart,
She's a mentor, a confident and also a friend,
Someone on whose love you can depend.
A mom always has your best interests at heart,
She's someone so dear and so good,
She's a blessing, she's a gift,
She's a treasure like no other,
She's someone that is truly wonderful.
Wherever you go, and whatever you do,
A mom’s love will always see you through,
A mom is truly invaluable,
Indispensable and unforgettable.
I wouldn't want anyone but you,
And that's why I'm so grateful,
that life picked you for me.


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Flat seed cardsgrows wildflowers

These plantable seeded memory cards can be personalized with your loved one's name and distributed to friends and family. They can then plant the card and wildflowers will grow in their memory. View flat seed cards.
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