The following are collections of bereavement poems and poems for funerals, available from amazon. Click on the pictures for more information.
In The Book of Love and Loss, editors June Hall and RV Bailey, both accomplished poets in their own right, have collected together nearly 400 poems from 197 contemporary poets in order to offer a fresh approach to this universal theme. Actress Maureen Lipman, whose husband Jack Rosenthal died ten years ago, has written a moving Foreword to the collection. All profits from the book will be donated to research into Parkinson's Disease.
The following are collections of poems with a theme of bereavement by different authors. Click on the image to link to the book in the amazon store.
Things to say to a dead man, by Jane Yolen is a collection of poems that is easy to read, which does not overwhelm the reader with the author's own grief, but which offers balanced insights into the grief process, as well as a moving testament to the dilemmas of grief. (Review in Bereavement Care Journal 32(1))
Christopher Reid's wife, died in October 2005. A Scattering is his tribute to her and consists of four poetic sequences, the first written during her illness, and the other three at intervals after her death.