Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

Robert Burns' Epitaph for a Friend

A lovely epitaph in plain language, forthright and unpretentious. An honest man here lies at rest, The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform'd; If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this.


Strictly an epitaph is an inscription for a gravestone, but it can also mean any short verse or statement in memory of the dead. Some people write their own: If anyone at my funeral has a long face, I'll never speak to him again. — Stan Laurel I told you I was ill. — Spike Milligan