Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Value of Bereavement Poetry

 Poetry about grief and death often hold lines that provide the following for the reader:

* Healing
* Comfort
* Hope
* Affirmation of love
* Beauty
* Forgiveness
* Assurance that the loved one is safe and free
* Certainty that in spite of death there will be reunion again

There are also countless poems to help those who are not in grief understand how to relate to those who are agonizing over the death of a loved one. Many of these strive to explain the aspects of grieving. There are also poems that just convey the sorrow felt when a loved one passes away.

Poems are often read at funerals and memorial services, along with eulogies.

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