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The Funeral : Recalling a Day of Tremendous Loss

Updated on September 16, 2019
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  

My reason for writing this poem

Through the years, my family and I have had to say good-bye to a lot of loved ones; some elderly, some not that old, and some just too young to die.

I admit, after we laid my cousin Garth to rest in 1984 when he was merely 14 years of age, I,myself, only a year behind him in age that year, the funeral processions started taking a toll on me. There have been more than a few that I mustered up the courage to attend just the wake but not the funeral, the only exception being my loving young niece's funeral back in December 2013.

I always feel guilty about this, today is no exception as my family is now at another Uncle's memorial service as I write this. I would have liked to have gone to support my Aunt. However, this poem, I hope, will shine the light on my apprehensions when it comes to funerals. I think those who have lost loved ones may relate to my poem.

I want to acknowledge my niece Jessica, as it was her funeral that I replayed these memories from. I love you Jessie! Be waiting for me...

Please take the time and listen to the music videos as well. All three are beautiful songs with meaningful lyrics. Peace and Love. ~Missy


The Funeral Day: Act 1

Two white doors open up

and in an instant, my blood

starts to rush.

The colors outside fast turn

to gray, sorrowful stares are

looking my way.

Death is here; it fills this space,

and the smell of condolences I

can hardly take.

In slow motion I walk the church

aisle, not looking up can I be in


Act 2

I need someone quickly to

hold me steady. I feel as if

my legs may turn to jelly.

I now stand by a marble

box, that holds a body of

a loved one lost.

The shell of a person who

used to be here; a beautiful

song of hope and cheer.

I tell myself they are just asleep,

I nervously stroke their pale

stiffened cheek.

Act 3 : The Finale

Backing up I fall in my seat

the preacher begins the


What happened? I feel such

delusion. I'm now standing at

the grave site with complete


I watch as they lower her in

the ground, a bevy of blood-red

roses falling behind.

Today, I woke up; I felt numb

but alive. Although, it seems

another part of me too

has died.

© 2015 Missy Smith


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