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Mary's Ideas:

Create a memory table at the memorial or celebration of life. Include your father's hobbies or interests on the table, and place it near the entrance so guests can see it as they come in.

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More information on memory tables and how to personalize a memorial

Give the gift of a tree as a memorial to your loved one:

Memorial Tree Seedlings
Tree Seedlings wrapped in Burlap

Memorial Tree Seedlings
Tree Seedlings in clear tube

Why give flowers that will wilt and die? Give a tree that will live on and grow.

Funeral Poems for Dad

Poetry to read at a father's memorial service

On this page, we provide several poems that can be read at a father's funeral or memorial service. A poem can also be included in the funeral program. Or, a single poem or verse can be used to set a theme for the service. The same poem can be used in the eulogy, on the service folder, on place cards, on bookmarks and on thank you notes. For more ideas, download our book, Planning a Celebration of Life.

Military Flag Case
Flag Case

Military Guest Book and Memory Book
Military Guest Book
Make your own funeral video
Create A Memorial Video

Poetry for Dad

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.



You belong among
the wildflowers
You belong in a boat
out at sea
Run away let your heart
be your guide
You belong with your
love on your arm
You belong among
the wildflowers
You belong somewhere
close to me
Far away from
troubles and worries
You belong somewhere
you feel free

-Tom Petty

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

Dark Green seeded plantable memorial cards
Here's an idea: distribute these wildflower plantable cards at your father's celebration of life as a memorial tribute. Friends and family can plant them and wildflowers will grow in his memory. Cards are custom printed and can be shipped overnight.

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,
The power of the eagles flight,
The joy of a morning 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.


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.


Our father kept a garden
A garden of the heart
He planted all good things
That gave our lives a start

He turned us to the sunshine
And encouraged us to dream
The seeds of what we'll be

We are our father's garden
We are his legacy


Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back, 
May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

Angel pocket charms in organza pouch
Clover pewter pocket charms are available individually wrapped in an ivory organza pouch with a blessing card that contains the Irish Blessing (above). Give this pewter charm and blessing to family and friends as an everlasting reminder of your father.


That Man Is a Success adapted from Ralph Waldo Emerson

That man is a success
Who has lived well,
Laughed often and loved much;
Who has gained the respect
Of intelligent men
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.


"How lucky I am to have something
that makes saying goodbye so hard"
~Winnie the Pooh

Need help writing a eulogy for your father? View our free eulogy sample for a father.

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Floating Memorial Candle
Floating Memorial Candle is engraved with your loved one's name and dates of life.

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Have you found these ideas helpful? Check out this book with everything you need to create a personalized memorial service. It is downloadable, or if you prefer a paper copy, it will ship the same day it is ordered for quick delivery.