Always so useful - everyone borrows it which is why I had to buy two. We don't like to think about death but actually the only certain thing about livings that we die. It s so good to be able to find a poem to read at a service or to give to someone else when they don't know where to look.
A very good selection of poems, covering a range of themes. I recently recited 'Do not stand at my grave and weep' at my father's funeral, although it's attributed here to anonymous rather to the actual writer, the US poet Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004).
As a funeral adviser and author of We Need To Talk About The Funeral, I find this an excellent anthology of contemporary and more traditional poems to choose from for funerals. It is split into useful sections and spans Rumi to Neruda to the wonderful Mary Oliver.
I bought this book because a very good woman friend is nearing the end of a long illness. While I could find loads of suitable poems for the passing of a man, or a husband, there was only one poem - that by Joyce Grenfell - which could possibly be read at a woman's funeral, plus the title poem which everyone knows anyway. Many of the other poems I found rather brutal and unfeeling. I wasn't looking for sentimental slop à la Patience Strong, but for something celebrating a friendship and her wonderful life. My only choice now is to write my own. A pity, because I had thought 'what a great idea' when I saw the title on Amazon's list.