Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

Wordsworth on the Loss of his Brother

William Wordsworth had a younger brother John who was a sea captain. William didn't often see his brother but loved him nonetheless. John Lost his life at sea in 1805 and here from Wordsworth's letters are some of his thoughts on loss and grief, edited and arranged to make a short reading; We weep much to-day, and that relieves us. Grief will, and [...] Read more

Wordsworth on the Death of a Six Year Old

In November of 1812 William and Mary Wordsworth's third child became sick with the measles. His name was Thomas, he was just six years old and seemed to be holding up well for five days before he suddenly died on the first of December. The death of a child was much more common two hundred years ago but it can hardly have been any easier to bear. [...] Read more