The first task in writing a funeral poem is to recognize who is the target audience. Is this poem going to be read at the funeral? Is the poem for your own personal use? Will the poem be in the local newspaper? Is the funeral poem for family and/or friends? The more personal the funeral poem the more liberal the self-expression for the poem will be in the end.
There are many purposes for writing a funeral poem. Ask yourself a few easy questions. Is the funeral poem to help you forgive someone? Do you want to honor the one who has passed? Is the poem to be a funny poem of memories? Does the poem announce the death of the individual in question? The purpose of the funeral poem will determine the contents. Happy memories, sad memories, laughs, and tears are all a part of a good funeral poem.
When writing a funeral poem, do not be concerned with political correctness. The poem comes from your heart. If you pay attention to the audience and the purpose, the funeral poem you create will be perfect. Remember, you are not trying to please anyone or gain anyone’s approval, but you should consider how you poem will affect others.