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I Carry Your Heart With Me: A Tribute To My Brother

A part of me died!

And the rest of me kinda wants to.

I’ve never experienced anything like this.

My brother, David, finally lost his battle with cancer last week.

And now there’s just us.  The walking wounded. The many.  The devastated.  The left behind.

I used to follow my brother wherever he went. It has always been just the two of us. Separated by eight years and yet none at all. And now he’s gone to the one place I can’t follow. 

My brother embodied everything that is good and bright in this world. It is a little bit dimmer now that his light has left us and we are the worser for it.   Someone larger than life that was stolen from this world too soon.

He was amazing!  The best brother I could have ever hoped or asked for…and I never had to ask.

I went to him for everything.  From the time I was born, until the day he died, I wanted to make him laugh, tell him what was happening in my life and seek his advice.  When I was little and got hurt, I wanted him to comfort me.  I wanted him to comfort me as an adult too.

And for the first time in my life I don’t have that…and it feels so empty and confusing.  As though I’m adrift without a rudder or compass.

Cancer is such an ugly disease.  I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.  Somebody needs to find an answer for it and fast!

I understand the need to have a positive mental attitude and I get the idea that others have fought and survived cancer.   My brother actually hated that idea of being a cancer warrior who was fighting a hard-fought battle.  It used to make him angry because he felt like he wasn’t fighting anything.  He told me he felt more like he was being pummeled in an unfair fight.  Ravaged by cancer from the inside while being poked and prodded by doctors and nurses from the outside.  He would go to chemo treatments and sit in their scratchy, cold chairs while they pumped toxic poison into his body and he would feel alone.  Even though loved ones would go with him or he would be sitting in a room full of doctors or nurses with machines whirring and beeping, he was alone because nobody else could bear his burden.  Nobody else could wear his scarlet C. But he mainly felt that way on his really bad days.

And yet, he had such kindness throughout his life. Even in his last days.  His doctors and nurses all commented on his sense of humor and how kind he was to everyone.  Two days before he passed away he had everybody rolling as he and his doctor went back and forth telling inappropriate jokes about a bottle of Vaseline.  That was just who he was.  He rarely met someone he didn’t like.  And if he didn’t like a person, it really spoke volumes about that person’s character or lack thereof.

Possibly the best gift I was ever able to give my brother happened in the last 3 months of his life.  My brother and I grew up skateboarding and we had one particular world-famous pro skateboarder that we idolized.  I was able to connect with this person and pass on my brother’s story.  They were gracious enough to be able to carve out a few hours for meeting and hanging out with my brother while they were on a trip….and it was amazing!  People usually warn against meeting your idols; but, this totally surpassed my brothers expectations (mine too).  They completely connected and really got one another.  It made him happy for so many days as he retold the story to everyone. (I’m not going to name them or link to their site because they are a private person and I want the time they spent together to stay special)

What was really so special about the time my brother got to spend with them was the fact that I had intended it to brighten my brother’s life, which it did.  But, what I hadn’t expected was for his childhood idol to come away with the feeling of, “Wow! That guy David is an amazing guy!!”  Which if you knew my brother was just such a David thing to do.  He became his childhood idols idol.  They stayed in touch even to his last day.

My brother lived at full speed.  He drank deeply from life and didn’t care whether that bothered other people or they didn’t get him.  He was a snowboard instructor for people with adaptive needs.  He grew vegetables in my parents garden and loved cooking for other people.  He was a roller derby referee for a women’s flat-track league.  He loved movies and concerts and going to ComiCon.  He was that family friend you called “Uncle David” even though he wasn’t a blood relation. Whatever you were into, whether that was what he was into or not, he’d get excited talking with you about it or listening to you get excited about it.

And oh how he loved his friends.  David was a fierce friend! Friends weren’t friends, they were family.  If you were lucky enough to be counted on that long list, there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for you.  He jokingly said of my parents in the final words he wrote as he, his wife and I discussed what his funeral service would look like.  In his MD townhome in his life-well-lived living room surrounded by movies and pictures and trinkets from memorable experiences.  With the iconic photobooth pictures of his family and friends from years of going to the beach hung on the walls.  With shelves full of both familiar and obscure board games and card games that his family and friends played together. Surrounded by mountains of cancer-related paperwork and cancer-related medical paraphrenalia.  Wrapped in his favorite hoody and blankets because his chemo left him forever-cold.  He said of our parents, “they’d give you everything they had and then help you fill out the tax forms.”  But that was how he was too.  He’d give the shirt off his back and the first couple layers of skin if that’s what was asked.

I used to get frustrated because I didn’t understand and would feel like they were encroaching on what I considered family-time.  But I get it more now, on the other side of the rogue wave that has crushed our family and friends.  Left us wondering which way is up as we drown in the waters of grief with the pressure burning and crushing our lungs.  Gasping for some sort of relief.

Life is about the relationships we have.  All of them.  And we should live our lives in such a way that we don’t have family and friends.  It’s all just family. I’ve learned to think of my days as precious and to ask myself at the end of the day, “have I lived today in a way that would make David proud?” 

I’ll end this tribute to the greatest guy I’ve ever known with something he was fond of saying in the last two years of his life. “Go spend time with your family and friends. Give them a big hug and tell them you love them”. We should all be so lucky. 

I carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings
  

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)

I want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
 

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Eulogy for my Brother

by Benito L. Ornleas
(Austin, Texas (USA))



Eulogy for my Brother - Jose Juan Ornelas


Ben wrote about why he decided to share his eulogy for his brother in an email to me. His reasons are posted here with his permission:

"I thought that my Eulogy might help others who might find themselves in the same situation I was and needed help in getting started.

Losing a loved one is very hard on a family and the Eulogy usually falls on someone who is a little distant from the departed. In our case, we are avery close family and no one else was in any condition to do it so I volunteered.

We had over two hundred family and friends and I was told that there was not a dry eye in the church. I did have one teacher come up to me and tell me that the Eulogy was one of the most moving Eulogies she had heard. I was very moved. I love my brother and I wanted to make it special for him. I am still very hurt by what he went through but I am happy that he is in a better place.

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my brothers Eulogy with your audience."




Friends, loved ones and family -
It is an honor and privilege for me to pay tribute today to a very special person, my brother Jose Juan Ornelas.

My name is Ben Ornelas and I am Juan's younger brother. He was remarkable in so many ways. He lived his life to the fullest and touched so many people during his time here with us, as evident by so many of you here today. Griselda, Amanda, Joey, Eric and Krystal,I love you baby.

As I began to reach out for the right words to express my thoughts about my brother Juan, I remembered the many valued and meaningful roles that Juan played through out his life.

First and foremost I see him as the family man. He loved his family profoundly. He was a devoted husband / son / father / uncle / brother and friend. Looking back, he was always a family man.

Juan was a comfort for our mom and dad when they were alive. He was so devoted to them that I always felt it was OK to run away from home. I knew they would not miss me so long as he was around. I always knew he was there watching over them. He was a very respectful and caring man.

Juan took all of the roles in his life to heart and he strove to honor, support, and guide and most importantly, protect his family. He was at his happiest when he was surrounded by his family - even during those inevitable tough times that life has a way of throwing at you. His devotion to his family was the foundation of his actions - the anchor that defined and shaped his life.

As I turn the next page of Juan's life, I see Juan - the friend. He was a good friend to so many! He could be counted on and depended on always. Whether you needed simple advice, an empathetic ear, a shoulder to lean on; companionable silence, a listener if you will; if all you wanted was a pass the time, pool hall buddy - he was your man; ready, steadfast, willing and good fun.

As I look out at the faces in this beautiful church, I see many family members and friends and I know that you too will miss the friendship that Juan brought into your lives. I'm sure you all will remember him in your very own special way.

As I continue to turn the pages in Juan's life, I see Juan a man defiant and unwilling to settle for less. He lived a principled life underpinned by a strong sense of right and wrong.

Juan was not a cruel man and he wanted his children to understand that nothing can be gained from holding a grudge or leaving any issue that was very wrong unclear. He spoke out when it really counted; his strong principles did not allow him to let something wrong stand unchallenged. Juan cared enough to act - to follow through. He never let anyone or anything stand in the way of making things right. We can only imagine how much more he could have accomplished in his life were it not for his illness.

Another page is turned and I see him as a respected citizen. He shared his expertise with anyone who would listen, he worked hard and consistently and he remained a student of life. My brother never stopped learning especially through his loving wife and children. He never sat back and became complacent. He led by example as he mentored his nephews and nieces and his own children in a way that anyone of them can say that he was an inspiration in their lives.

My brother Juan was a business man who saw opportunity and made the most of it. One could say that what he touched turned to gold because he had a vision and his vision prompted him to act. But Juan, by the same token, was not too proud that he would not turn to his brothers Jesus and Enrique Jr. for advice. He knew that two or three heads were better than one when it came to business. I guess he did not ask me because I did not know how to make bread or run a business.

As I turn the page again I come face to face with Juan a man of passion and a dedicated supporter. He remained a keen sportsman who loved football, baseball and boxing.

He would stand at the door of dad's bakery, flex his muscles and stretch one arm out so that Janie and I could swing from it. He was always so proud of his strength. We would listen to boxing or any sport and he would say, boy, they better be glad I'm not playing, and then he would let out a simple heeeehooooo!

Juan supported children sports through his business and encouraged others to do the same. He loved seeing his own children involved in sports and activities that build character. He always told me how proud he was that my children were also so involved in activities that define their lives. I know that if he had been given a chance, he would have become a dedicated athlete.

I have to say though that the page in Juan's life that I find most memorable is the role that spirituality played. My brother Juan loved his God. We all knew him as a very private but loving man whose quiet faith guided his actions, words and deeds. He was a true Christian. He strove always to be the best he could be - family man, entrepreneur, brother, friend and champion to others.

I am so grateful that I was able to come spend time with him when he was at the hospital just four short months ago. We talked about many things: doctors and cancer and how we felt the first time we were both told we had cancer. We talked about how fulfilling his life was having had four brilliant children and we talked about not being afraid to die.

I asked him if he wanted to me to pray with him and he said yes. He asked me to take my mask off. (We had to wear masks while we were in the room.) I prayed the glorious mysteries with him and as I prayed the rosary his lips followed my words. He fell asleep half way through and I looked at him and I felt his pain and I knew that this would be one of the most profound moments that I would spend with my brother. But there is no other way that I want to remember him than this.

Juan, brother, it is very hard to say goodbye so we will just say so-long. The pages of your book will never be closed, just as the pages of Ninfa, Jaime, Mom and Dad's pages are not closed either.

We will remember you through the many people still left behind whose lives you touched so positively. You may not realize it, but you leave an amazing legacy behind, four beautiful, handsome and brilliant children. They are your legacy! Through them you leave this world a better place than when you found it and for that you have to be very proud.

Juan, brother, we will miss you, but we will always remember you with respect, admiration and love, always, always!

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Tribute To Late Brother

Losing a brother is one of the most difficult things someone can experience and can be absolutely devastating. Writing and reading a heartfelt tribute to your late brother at his funeral or memorial service, provides those attending the funeral with memories that make your late brother special to you.  A good tribute to your brother will hopefully help provide you with some closure to his death.

The best eulogies or tributes are written from the heart and include personal stories and memories. The sample eulogies for your late brother below should be used as a guide. Remember that these are samples and you will want the eulogy written in your own style, with your thoughts, emotions and stories about your deceased brother.

Sample Tributes / Eulogies To Late Brother

Day by day, I think of you.
How can all of this be true?
I can’t believe you’re really gone;
I still can’t accept it,
Even after so long.
Just the thought of you makes me cry.
I never even got the chance to say goodbye.
Every picture, every letter…
I don’t know if it will ever get better.
I always smell your familiar scent.
It makes me think of all of the times we’ve spent.
I know we didn’t always get along,
And every time we talked, it would always go wrong.
So many things I never got to say.
I never imagined you’d ever be so far away.
You were my brother,
And I loved you like no other..
In my heart you’ll always be;
You’ll be my guide and help me see.
I’ll never forget your soothing voice.
I would take your place if I had a choice.
But now I have to let you rest,
Although without you my world’s a mess.
I miss you with all of my heart.
I wish we never had to part.
I know you’re always by my side,
So now I guess this is my goodbye…
Rest in Peace my beloved Brother
From day one all we did was fight.
Now all I do is fight back my tears.
I wanted to do everything you did,
because I wanted to be just like you.
Now I sit here wondering what to do,
because there’s no one to replace you.I never did tell you all the things I felt,
like how much I really did love you.
I wish we could go back and start over again.
I don’t want to be alone. I need my brother.
I need my best friend.When you think of me
while you’re up in heaven,
think of how much you meant to me.It’s sad that you left
without saying goodbye,
but just remember we all love you
as you began to fly.You did so much for me,
though I didn’t do much for you.
I hope you will forgive me
for all the things I didn’t do.

You were my brother
and my best friend.
I will always love you,
no matter how long its been
since your life came to an end.
I love you brother

You showed me a lot of things.
I learned a lot I didn’t know,
But you forgot to teach me one last thing –
How to let you go.
I know you didn’t mean to leave me;
Sometimes we have no choice.
I miss being your little sister,
Hearing my name called by your voice.
I wish I got to say “I Love You”
Before you were given to the sky.
If God could grant me one last wish,
I’d ask to say “Goodbye.”
You always meant a lot to me.
I could never love you less,
I know it’s true when they say,
“He only takes the best.”
I wish you sweet sleep, my dear brother.
Although there’s so much that you’ve left bare
I hate that you had to endure such pain
On my mind, your saddened eyes have left a stain.
I want to know what crossed your mind
Unspoken words you’ve left behind
Undone things we’ll never do
No sharing thoughts you never knew.
A peace has fallen upon your head
A taste of sorrow we have been fed
It really is like a hole in our lives
One swiftly dug but carved out by knives.
But I have hope that those sleeping will rise
The Bible says that God will open their eyes.
No suffering, sickness, yes not even pain,
Those who did good, eternal life they’ll gain.
So… sleep on my brother, sleep tight
For now with you the sky is night.
But after night will come daybreak
Therefore I will wait hoping to see you awake.
My dear Brother now that you are gone
You’re no longer here to share
The bond we had together –
A bond of love and care.
Yet, somehow something tells me
You are watching over me –
Now that from Worldly cares
You finally are free.
I miss you so very much,
And my tears I cannot hide
Yet, within my heart, I feel
You are always by my side.
Ever since you went away
Life has never been the same
Yet, it comforts me to know
That one day we’ll meet again.
Your actions were always kind
A generous hand and an active mind
Anxious to please and loath to offend
A loving brother and faithful friend
We’ll all miss you very much
We stand motionless,
consumed in grief.
Sorrow has arrived,
with smiles thief.
We’re gathered here,
to mourn and cry.
Our questions pointing,
at the clear blue sky.
Why did you go,
why did you leave,
Life without you,
is so hard to conceive.
Our hearts are damaged,
and scarred severely.
We shall miss you,
much more than dearly.
For having you in our lives,
we’ve all been blessed.
But now the time has arrived,
for you to rest.
We promise to cherish,
our memories of you.
You shall live in our minds,
and all that we do.
As kids, we lived together
We fought, we laughed, we cried.
We did not always show the love,
that we both had inside.
We shared our dreams and plans,
and some secrets too.
All the memories we share,
Is what bonds me now to you.
We grew to find we have a love
that is very strong today.
It’s a love shared by our family,
that will never fade away.
You are my brother not by choice,
but by the nature of our birth
I could not have chosen a better one
you were the best on earth.
It feels like it’s been forever,
since I’ve seen your face.
I miss you so much,
in my heart you will always hold a special place.
All the good times we’ve shared,
the memories we’ve made.
Every day I think about them all,
From my mind they will never fade.
How I wish we could walk arm in arm, hand in hand, heart to heart.
If I would’ve known that it would end like this,
I thought we’d never have to be apart.
You were always the light at the end of my storm.
the star in my sky.
You were a blessing,
you were perfect in my eye.
So many questions I still have to ask,
my best friend gone.
Why?
You were too young to go,
it didn’t have to be like this, you didn’t have to die.
From now until the end of my life you will be on my mind,
every minute,
every hour,
every day.
I love you,
I miss you,
and this is how it will stay…
It’s been 2 weeks today
that you finally got it your way
you left us here, without a farewell
leaving behind just your smellThe amount of tears I’ve cried,
is nothing compared to the pain inside.Everyone tells me to respect your decision
and understand that you fulfilled your mission
but they don’t understand my pain
they don’t know how it feels to be stuck under the rainI wish I could hold you
and tell you that I love you
I wish I could understand
I wish I was there to hold your hand
maybe I could have changed your mind

The night that you decided to leave
and to no longer believe
I know you weren’t afraid anymore
of who would be waiting for you at the door

I finally saw your last letter
I was hoping it would make me feel better
instead I miss you more
and your last words made me swore
it made me wish you weren’t gone
because I don’t know for how long I can stay strong

It’s been 2 weeks I lost you brother
it’s been 2 weeks I lost my other
I wish you had given me the chance
to take one last glance
at you face filled with love
before you fly away like a dove

Rest in peace brother
I hope you will no longer suffer
I will be waiting for you in my dreams
to re-live all those beautiful memories.

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27+ Best Funeral Poems For Brother

Funeral Poems for a Brother

If you are grieving the loss of a brother, we hope you find comfort in our collection of 21+ best funeral poems for brother.

Our poems would be perfect to use as a reading at a funeral service, memorial service, or a celebration of life ceremony, as a tribute to a brother who has passed away.  Alternatively, one of our poems about brothers can be incorporated into a eulogy speech, or written in a sympathy card.

Our collection of funeral poems for a brother is organized into the following sections to help you easily find the type of poem you are looking for:

If you read to the end of the post, you will find a link that takes you to our Pinterest boards where you can find many beautiful images with heartfelt quotes.  Feel free to share them to your social media channels, as we created these memes to help you express how you are feeling.

Heading: Inspiring Funeral Quotes

Inspirational Funeral Poems: Tribute to a Brother Who Passed Away

This first funeral poem reminds us that a brother is always with us, even after he has passed away.  Every beautiful thing that we see and experience will remind us of his love.  We will also accept all of life’s challenges because our brother wisely taught us that they help us grow stronger.

Your Spirit

By Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.
When life separates us
I’ll know it is only your soul
Saying goodbye to your body
But your spirit will be with me always.
When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
I will know it is you singing to me.
When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
I will know it is you reminding me
To appreciate the simple things in life.
When the sun shining through my window awakens me
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill
I will hear your words of wisdom
And will remember what you taught me so well’
That without rain trees cannot grow
Without rain flowers cannot bloom
Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong.
When I look out to the sea
I will think of your endless love for your family.
When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence
I will think of your courage for your country.
No matter where I am
Your spirit will be beside me
For I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.

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While losing a brother is painful, this funeral poem reminds us that although his journey on earth is over, his journey is just beginning…

His Journey’s Just Begun

By Ellen Brenneman

Don’t think of him as gone away
his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

~

This consoling funeral poem written by Mary Elizabeth Frye in the 1930s is one of the most famous funeral poems.  It is appropriate for all types of funeral services, from a traditional, religious funeral, to a less formal, celebration of life ceremony.

Do Not Stand By My Grave and Weep

By Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.

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This simple poem provides comfort to those grieving the loss of a brother.  It is written as if your brother is speaking directly to you.  The message is short and sweet: life goes on, and while it is natural to cry, don’t forget to be grateful as well.

Life Goes On

By Joyce Grenfell

If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower
Nor inscribe a stone
Nor when I am gone
Speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves
That I have known

Weep if you must
Parting is hell
But life goes on
So…sing as well

Funeral Poems for Brother Meme

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In our collection of brother poems, this one is a favourite.  We can weep inconsolably for a lost brother, but we can also celebrate the joy he brought to our lives.  This poem is perfect for a celebration of life service.

He is Gone (Remember Me)

By David Harkins

You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes,
love and go on.

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This funeral poem is sweet and simple, and would be perfect for a young child to recite at a service for a beloved brother.

Love Lives On

By an Unknown Author

You went away so suddenly
We did not say goodbye
But brothers can never be parted
Precious memories never die.

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It gives us comfort to think of a brother who has passed away as enjoying a beautiful, garden-like dreamland after his passing. This touching tribute is filled with vivid imagery.

In My Mind

By Jenn Farrell

Somewhere in my dreams tonight
I’ll see you standing there
You look at me with a smile
“Life isn’t always fair”

You say you were chosen for his garden
His preciously hand picked bouquet
“God really needed me,
That’s why I couldn’t stay”

It’s said to be that angels
Are sent from above
I’ve always had my angel
My brother – whose heart was filled with love

Wherever the ocean meets the sky
There will be memories of you and I
When I look up at the sky so blue
All I see are visions of you
“While there’s a heart in me, you’ll be a part of me.”

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We  love this next funeral poem.  It eloquently conveys what our loved one would say to us after he is gone, if he could.  The death of a brother should not led us to be consumed by grief.  We should focus on how he enriched our lives.

Miss Me But Let Me Go

By an Unknown Author

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free!

Miss me a little – but not for long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me, but let me go.

For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone;
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.

~


Heading: Words of Comfort

Comforting Funeral Poems:  RIP Brother

This popular poem is appropriate for all types of funeral services for a dear brother, from a traditional, religious ceremony to a unique celebration of life gathering.  Our favourite line is: “In your memory I live on.”

Weep Not For Me

By an Unknown Author

Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet flight

I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years

There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on

Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life

~

If your brother suffered from an illness that left him in pain before his passing, this beautiful poem offers hope and comfort to friends and family.

His Peaceful Grave

By an Unknown Author

Our brother lives with us in memory
Before our eyes he grew weaker every day
Doing all we could to save him
Until God took him away
Never shall his memory fade
Our sweetest love lingers
Forever round his peaceful grave.

~

This next funeral poem uses beautiful imagery to describe a lost brother’s journey to heaven.  It is comforting to think of our special brother being welcomed into heaven by adoring angels.

The White Chariot

By Julie Johnson

During your journey on your final flight home.
White wings will carry you and you will be flown.
To the pearly gates of Heaven, where they will usher you in.
To the feet of your Lord, your Saviour, and your friend.
He will hold you in his arms and the angels will sing.
As another one of His children is delivered by white wings.

~

If your brother suffered from an illness or depression before he passed away, this beautiful funeral poem offers comfort to the bereaved.  He is now in God’s garden, a place where there is no pain, sadness, or suffering.

God’s Garden

By Melissa Shreve

God looked around his garden and found an empty place
He then looked down upon the Earth and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
With the help of his angels they flew you to your heavenly place

Gods garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best
He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never get well on Earth again

He saw the road was getting rough and the hills too hard to climb
He closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be Thine”
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Funeral Poems for Brother Meme

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If your brother passed away too young, this is an appropriate funeral poem.  It focuses on celebrating and reflecting on the beautiful life of your brother, instead of focusing on the pain of his death.  “Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.”

The Final Flight

By an Unknown Author

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the end of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’ touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

~

This funeral poem was originally written for a sister.  Since the words are so touching and meaningful, we have modified it so that it applies to a brother’s death as well.

Sleep, My Brother (Modified)

By T. Hutchinson

I wish you sweet sleep, my brother dear.
Although there’s so much that you’ve left bare
I hate that you had to endure such pain
On my mind, your saddened eyes have left a stain.

I want to know what crossed your mind
Unspoken words you’ve left behind
Undone things we’ll never do
No sharing thoughts you never knew.

A peace has fallen upon your head
A taste of sorrow we have been fed
It really is like a hole in our lives
One swiftly dug but carved out by knives.

But I have hope that those sleeping will rise
The Bible says that God will open their eyes.
No suffering, sickness, yes not even pain,
Those who did good, eternal life they’ll gain.

So… sleep on my brother, sleep tight
For now with you the sky is night.
But after night will come daybreak
Therefore I will wait hoping to see you awake.

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This uplifting funeral poem is written in the voice of the person who has died.  He asks us to remember him with happiness, love and joy in our hearts.

After Glow

By an Unknown Author

I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done

~

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This comforting funeral poem inspires you to live your life fully in memory of a brother, as he will be watching over you until you meet again one day.

When I Must Leave You

By Helen Steiner Rice

When I must leave you
For a little while-
Please do not grieve
And shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you
Through the years,

But start out bravely
With a gallant smile;
And for my sake
And for my name
Live on and do
all things the same,

Feed not your loneliness
On empty days,
But fill each waking hour
In useful ways,

Reach out your hand
In comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you
And hold you near;

And never, never
Be afraid to die
For I am waiting for you in the sky!

~

This next gorgeous poem was submitted to us by an Love Lives On reader and we absolutely love it. It was written in memory of his first wife who passed away from Lupus but is applicable to anyone grieving the loss of a brother.

Last Journey

By Timothy Coote

There is a train at the station
With a seat reserved just for me
I’m excited about its destination
As I’ve heard it sets you free

The trials and tribulations
The pain and stress we breathe
Don’t exist were I am going
Only happiness I believe

I hope that you will be there
To wish me on my way
It’s not a journey you can join in
It’s not your time today

There’ll be many destinations
Some are happy, some are sad
Each one a brief reminder
Of the great times that we’ve had

Many friends I know are waiting
Who took an earlier train
To greet and reassure me
That nothing has really changed

We’ll take the time together
To catch up on the past
To build a new beginning
One that will always last

One day you’ll take your journey
On the train just like me
And i promise that I’ll be there
At the station and you will see

That Life is just a journey
Enriched by those you meet
No one can take that from you
It’s always yours to keep’

But now as no seat is vacant
You will have to muddle through
Make sure you fulfill your ambitions
As you know I’ll be watching you

And if there’s an occasion
To mention who you knew
Speak kindly of that person
As one day it will be you

Now i can’t except this ending
And as it’s time for me to leave
Please make haste to the reception
To enjoy my drinks, they’re free!

~


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“I Miss You” Poems (After the Death of a Brother)

The bond you share with a brother will always be special.  This beautiful poem is the perfect tribute to a brother who passed away.  He will live in your heart forever until you meet again one day.

Dear Brother Your Memory Will Never Fade

By an Unknown Author

My dear Brother now that you are gone
You’re no longer here to share
The bond we had together –
A bond of love and care.
Yet, somehow something tells me
You are watching over me –
Now that from Worldly cares
You finally are free.
I miss you so very much,
And my tears I cannot hide
Yet, within my heart, I feel
You are always by my side.
Ever since you went away
Life has never been the same
Yet, it comforts me to know
That one day we’ll meet again.

~

This poem speaks of all the wonderful attributes that makes your sibling special and says: “I miss you brother.”

Miss You Brother

By an Unknown Author

Your actions were always kind
A generous hand and an active mind
Anxious to please and loath to offend
A loving brother and faithful friend
We’ll all miss you very much

Funeral Poems for a Brother Meme

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This funeral poem speaks about the deep grief we fell when a loved one dies, and our resolve to keep his memories alive forever.

In Our Minds

By an Unknown Author

We stand motionless,
consumed in grief.
Sorrow has arrived,
with smiles thief.

We’re gathered here,
to mourn and cry.
Our questions pointing,
at the clear blue sky.

Why did you go,
why did you leave,
Life without you,
is so hard to conceive.

Our hearts are damaged,
and scarred severely.
We shall miss you,
much more than dearly.

For having you in our lives,
we’ve all been blessed.
But now the time has arrived,
for you to rest.

We promise to cherish,
our memories of you.
You shall live in our minds,
and all that we do.

~

We love this next poem.  It is simple, but says so much.  You could also use this poem as inspiration to pen your own original poem about the loss of a brother.

I Miss

By Salena A. Hayes

I miss you,
I miss the loud music coming
from your room,
I miss the warmth of knowing
You’re just a call away,
I miss the way we fought and
played,
I miss seeing your big bright
smile,
I miss getting kicked out of
your room,
I miss seeing you here and
there,
I miss cooking you breakfast
lunch and dinner,
I miss hearing you come in
at night,
I miss making you wear your
seat belt,
I miss holding your hand to
pray,
I miss your smell,
I miss you with all my might,
I miss the way we would fight,
I miss my brother,
I miss my friend,
I miss you, I love you and that’s
THE END!

~


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Special Funeral Poems for Brother (From Sister or From Brother)

When a beloved brother passes away, let us think of him as watching over us forever.  This next poem expresses this sentiment eloquently.

It Will Never Be Goodbye…

By an Unknown Author

If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.
The love that’s deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.

~

The death of a brother leaves a whole in our hearts and in our lives.  We have not only lost a brother, we have lost our best friend.

My Beloved Brother

By an Unknown Author

From day one all we did was fight,
now all I do is fight back my tears.
I wanted to do everything you did,
because I wanted to be just like you.
Now I sit here wondering what to do,
because there’s no one to replace you.

I never did tell you all the things I felt,
like how much I really did love you.
I wish we could go back and start over again.
I don’t want to be alone. I need my brother,
I need my best friend.

When you think of me
while your up in heaven,
Think of how much you meant to me.

Its sad that you left
without saying goodbye,
But just remember we all love you
as you began to fly.

You did so much for me,
as I didn’t do much for you.
I hope you will forgive me,
for all the things I didn’t do

You were my brother
and my best friend.
I will always love you
no matter how long its been,
since your life came to an end.

~

This touching funeral poem is a beautiful tribute to a special brother and reflects on all the happy and wonderful memories you shared.  This poem is perfect for a memorial service or celebration of life ceremony.

In Memory of a Special Brother

By an Unknown Author

Today is full of memories
of a brother laid to rest
and every single one of them
is filled with happiness.

For you were someone special
always such a joy to know
and there was so much pain
when it was time to let you go

That’s why this special message
is sent to heaven above
for the angels to take care of you
and give you all my love

~

“Broken Chain” is a funeral poem that would be appropriate for a religious service.  This poem describes the passing of a loved one as a break in your family chain.  Although your family may feel broken after the passing of a brother, this poem reassures you that God will mend your family one day when you are all reunited in heaven.

The Broken Chain

By Ron Tranmer

We little knew the day that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one
the chain will link again.

Funeral Poems for Brother Meme

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When it comes to poems about brothers, this one is favourite.  It gives tribute to the richness of our relationship with our brother; we fought, we laughed, we cried together, and shared our hopes and dreams.

My Brother

By an Unknown Author

As kids, we lived together
We fought, we laughed, we cried.
We did not always show the love,
that we both had inside.
We shared our dreams and plans,
and some secrets too.
All the memories we share,
Is what bonds me now to you.
We grew to find we have a love
that is very strong today.
It’s a love shared by our family,
that will never fade away.
You are my brother not by choice,
but by the nature of our birth
I could not have chosen a better one
you were the best on earth.

~

This is the perfect funeral poem for a special brother to honour the legacy he left behind and to thank him for the impact that he had on all the lives he touched.

In Memory of a Wonderful Brother

By an Unknown Author

I hold onto our memories
The ones that are so dear
To try to keep you always close
Now you are not here
You were called, it was your time
But it is so true
You have left a legacy
There was no one like you
You were very special
And I want to say
I feel lost in many ways
You are not here today
But I will never forget you
And I know I have been blessed
To have you for my Brother
Because you were the best…

~

This funeral poem honours the life of a little brother that passed away at a young age.  “To us you were so precious.”

Precious…

By an Unknown Author

Two smiling eyes stopped smiling,
A golden heart stood still,
We don’t know why God took you,
And guess we never will.
He only lent you to us,
Then came and took you back,
To us you were so precious,
Your life was full of fun,
A caring, loving brother,
A darling little son.

~

Here is another poem about a little brother’s death.  While he missed out on growing up, he didn’t miss out on having an abundance of love.

Too Soon

By Mary Yarnall

This was a life
that had hardly begun
No time to find
your place in the sun
No time to do
all you could have done
But we loved you enough for a lifetime

No time to enjoy
the world and its wealth
No time to take life
down off the shelf
No time to sing
the song of yourself
Though you had enough love for a lifetime

Those who live long
endure sadness and tears
But you’ll never suffer
the sorrowing years
No betrayal, no anger
No hatred, no fear
Just love – only love – in your lifetime

~

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To my brother short tribute

It is with great sadness that I write this Memorial for my brother James. We called him Jimmy D. He and I shared the same birthday on July 3rd. My world will not be the same without him in my daily life, but I know my life and the lives of others have been enriched by having him in our life. My brother had a little gecko that would watch television with him. After Jim died I put a gecko on everything I did musically. The gecko is my aumakua symbolizing our bond. You will see them on my page in different places.

My brother embraced the Hawaiian culture and the Hawaiians embraced my brother as one of their own, thus the nickname “Bruddah”. He would call my sisters and I “Sistah”. He loved everything about Hawaii, the place, the atmosphere, the air. He was a wonderful young man and would give (and quite often gave) the shirt off of his back to anyone who needed it. His heart was as big as anyone I have ever known. He was a kind and gentle spirit. He could make anyone laugh and could do impressions of anyone you wanted to hear. He had a green thumb and loved gardening and growing herbs to make his surroundings green.

Although he had a great sense of humor, he was a troubled spirit. He would want me to spread this message to anyone who will read it…DRUGS KILL! He made the unfortunate mistake of trying an illegal drug on one occasion which altered the chemistry in his brain. This bad decision led him to a life of troubled times and great sadness. He spent numerous years trying to correct the chemical imbalance in his brain. He then sought to go out and teach others what drugs do to people. So, in memory of my brother, I share this message with you and urge you to share it with others so that you do not have to witness the pain that stems from “just one try”.

My brother is now in Heaven watching over us as one of the newer angels. My brother wanted to be my bodyguard. Now he is capable of being just that from the Heavenly aspect. He encouraged me to sing and believed in my abilities and always said I would make it. Well Bruddah, I am going to make it and I know you and the angels will be watching over me to get me there. Jim was laid to rest in the Iao Valley of Maui where he loved to go and be with our dad and his Hawaiian brother, Kaleo as well as his mainland friends and family.

“Awake at Dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” Kahlil Gibran [Aloha ka koa a hui ho (I love you; you are the special one)

Aloha nui loa. (All my love) Malamo pono (Take good care) Ke Akua Ho’omaika’I Oe (God Bless You) We love you Jim!

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● My Brother...● [short Tribute to Kouhei's 'dead']! *_*

Eulogy for a Brother

We are gathered here today in the memory of my brother, Darrell, so that together we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that his life was to us, and the pain that his passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy.

Darrell was just 67 years old when he passed away on Tuesday at St. Peter’s hospital. He was born on June 16, 1938 here in Springfield to Vernon and Emily (Thatcher) Green. Darrell spent his life in Springfield, farming for over 40 years.

Darrell was very close to his family, to his friends, and also his beloved cat, Crackers. Growing up with Darrell as an older brother wasn’t always easy for us. He would pick on us constantly, but let anyone else even look at us funny, and Darrell would be on our side, whatever may come. Darrell was good to his friends and employers, the Edwards family, and they were good to Darrell – their care and support during his last years especially, is very much appreciated by all of us. As a farmer, Darrell worked hard, but he also enjoyed his life. He loved to fish, and hunt deer, turkey and geese. There are a lot of stories about us hunting up North together, but I’m afraid that that those stories will have to stay up North. Sometimes it was suspected that Darrell may have found a nice spot under a tree and maybe did more napping than hunting. Darrell had planned to retire up North, and though that didn’t end up working out, he will be going back this spring when we scatter his ashes up at Marshall Point where he loved to hunt and perhaps nap.

There were other things besides hunting and fishing, Darrell collected farm toys- and we’ve brought some in today. He loved playing cards and going to the casino. He especially liked to play poker. Darrell loved to watch westerns-especially John Wayne Westerns, he enjoyed both kinds of music, Country and Western. A favorite was Singing Cowboy Gene Autry’s ‘Red River Valley’.

Many of you will recall Darrell’s huge garden. He enjoyed working in his garden and enjoyed sharing his produce with many of his friends in town- beautiful homegrown tomatoes. Darrell was a man who didn’t have a mean bone in his body, a warm friendly man who made his mark in the world not with grand gestures or fancy titles, but by the basic goodness and generosity of his character, by the quality of his involvement with his fellow man, and how he brought out these qualities in others.

There is a poem that speaks to these qualities ‘The House by the Side of the Road’ by Sam Walter Foss

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn

In the place of their self-content;

There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,

In a fellowless firmament;

There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths

Where highways never ran-

But let me live by the side of the road

And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road

Where the race of men go by-

The men who are good and the men who are bad,

As good and as bad as I.

I would not sit in the scorner’s seat

Nor hurl the cynic’s ban-

Let me live in a house by the side of the road

And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road

By the side of the highway of life,

The men who press with the ardor of hope,

The men who are faint with the strife,

But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,

Both parts of an infinite plan-

Let me live in a house by the side of the road

And be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead,

And mountains of wearisome height;

That the road passes on through the long afternoon

And stretches away to the night.

And still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice

And weep with the strangers that moan,

Nor live in my house by the side of the road

Like a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road,

Where the race of men go by-

They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,

Wise, foolish – so am I.

Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat,

Or hurl the cynic’s ban?

Let me live in my house by the side of the road

And be a friend to man.

There were many wonderful aspects to Darrell’s life, and many ways that he touched our lives. He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a great friend, a generous uncle, cousin, outdoorsman, a poker player, collector, and farmer, a friendly face in town, or in the yard of his house by the side of the road. In all these ways and more, he made our lives richer and fuller. Now that he has passed away, of course there is emptiness and pain, confusion and maybe even anger at death coming to a man of only 67 years, but in many ways, the gift of Darrell’s life is still here with us. He lives on in our memories and stories, and in what all of us have become because of him. So I encourage you to share –today, tomorrow and in the years to come- your memories and stories, and to share the pain of your loss as well. In this way we will keep the gift of Darrell’s life alive.

On behalf of the rest of the family, I’d like to thank you all for coming here today.

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Writing a eulogy for your brother is a special way to honor his memory. Composing a eulogy can take time, but can be a lot easier to do if you stay organized, ask for help if needed, and use simple tips to help guide your process.

How to Write a Eulogy for a Brother

As you begin the eulogy writing process, be sure that you are in the proper headspace to do so. If you need a break, or need to resume at a different time, that's totally okay. To begin the process:

  1. Jot down favorite memories and stories- can ask family members and friends for help.
  2. Set the tone (serious, lighthearted, appropriately funny).
  3. Write a rough draft that includes an opening paragraph, special memories, and closing thoughts.
  4. Revise your work and proofread.
  5. Practice the speech in front of someone who will give you honest feedback.
  6. Once finalized, continue practicing.
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How Do I Start a Eulogy for My Brother?

The opening of the eulogy often includes a welcome to those attending the funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service. It's best practice to focus the opening of the eulogy on your brother, rather than yourself. The start of the eulogy may include:

  • State relationship to the deceased individual and use their name in describing the relationship. For example, "(Deceased individual's name) was my (older or younger) brother."
  • Share a few sentences about your relationship with your sibling. You can touch on a brief childhood memory here, but think of it like a snapshot.
  • You can mention those that your brother was closest to in the family, as well as best friends.

How to Introduce Yourself in Your Brother's Eulogy

Many eulogy speeches have the speaker introduce themselves after they welcome those who have come to honor the deceased individual. Examples of eulogy introductions for a brother include:

  • "Good morning and thank you all for being here today to honor (insert deceased individual's name). I'm (insert your name), and (insert deceased individual's name) was my brother."
  • "Thank you all for coming out today to celebrate the life of (insert deceased individuals' name). My name is (insert your name), and (insert deceased individual's name) was my brother."

What Should be Included in My Brother's Eulogy?

All eulogies will be unique and what's included or excluded will depend on the speaker's style. In addition to the standard information included in eulogies, your brother's may include:

  • A brief snapshot of your childhood with your brother
  • A brief mention of those who your brother was closest to in the family, as well as friends
  • Sharing a special, poignant, or appropriately lighthearted memory that captures the essence of your brother
  • A summary of your brother's positive personality traits and how that played out in his life
  • His personal accomplishments and proudest moments
  • A poem to honor your brother

Short Eulogy Examples for Brother

Reading sample eulogies can help you create a template for your own, unique eulogy speech for your brother. Some short eulogy examples include:

Eulogy Example for Brother-in-Law

"Hello and thank you all for being here today. My name is (insert name), and (insert deceased individual's name) was my brother-in-law. (Insert deceased individual's name) was an incredible partner to my sister and fit into our family perfectly. To me, we felt like brothers from the second my sister started dating him. He was warm, kind, and always ready to have a good time. Over the years, we all watched in awe as he excelled in his career as a (insert career), but always managed to remain humble. He has always been an incredible support system for all of us, but especially my sister. I remember him dropping everything and driving cross country to comfort my sister when her best friend got into an accident. That's just the kind of guy (insert deceased individual's name) was. (Insert deceased individual's name) will be missed by many, but we will never forget the love we all shared as a family. Thank you all for being here today."

Eulogy for Estranged Brother

"Thank you for being here today to honor, (insert deceased individual's name). I'm (insert name) and (insert deceased individual's name) was my older brother. (Insert deceased individual's name) and I didn't always get along. In fact, it was rare that we saw eye to eye- nevertheless, he was my brother and will always have a place in my heart. (Insert deceased individual's name) was a passionate, brilliant, and curious person, and had been so ever since we were little. As an adult, he was highly accomplished, and extremely driven in his line of work. (Insert deceased individual's name) loved to hike, spend time with animals, and read anything he could get his hands on. He was especially passionate about volunteer work, and even in the last years of his life, he dedicated himself to helping others. He has touched so many lives and will be missed by many. Thank you all for coming out to honor him today."

Eulogy for Brother With Alcohol Use Disorder or Other Difficulties

"Today we are all here to honor (insert deceased individual's name). My name is (insert name) and (insert deceased individual's name) was my younger brother. I want to give a special thank you to the aunts, uncles, and cousins who flew quite a long distance to be with us today- know that it is appreciated. As many of you know, (insert deceased individual's name) had his struggles, and tried for quite some time to overcome them. Despite what he was dealing with, (insert deceased individual's name) was a courageous and kind soul who went the extra mile for those he cared about. As a kid, I remember him so lovingly saving a baby bird who had fallen out of its nest, and as an adult, he kept that same, gentle spirit. He will be deeply missed by many- I love you (insert deceased individual's name). Thank you."

Eulogy From a Sister

"(Insert deceased individual's name) was my younger brother and I know he would have been happy to know that all of you are here to honor his life today. My name is (insert name) and I've known (insert deceased individual's name) my entire life. When (insert deceased individual's name) came into this world, I knew my life would be forever changed. I loved having a brother more than anything and often pretended to be his mom growing up. Although we all feel (insert deceased individual's name) was taken far too soon from this world, I know that he lived a beautiful life and has changed the world for the better. I will miss (insert deceased individual's name) every day for the rest of my life and feel so lucky to have shared such incredible memories with him. Thank you."

Eulogy From a Brother

"Today we are here to honor (insert deceased individual's name), my brother- I'm (insert name). Having a brother growing up wasn't always the easiest, but as we got older, I realized I truly had a partner in crime, someone to always have my back, and support me. (Insert deceased individual's name) was generous, loving, and dedicated to his family. He was always there, at the drop of a hat, if you needed anything. I remember him flying me to New York, when I went through a rough patch. That's just who he was- always thinking of others, and always there, especially for his family. The world will truly never be the same without (insert deceased individual's name), but I will hold the memory of him close to my heart for the rest of my days. Thank you."

Eulogy From a Friend Who Was Like a Brother

"Thank you for being here today. I am speaking on behalf of the (insert surname) family. My name is (insert name), and although (insert deceased individual's name) and I weren't technically blood related, we might as well have been. We grew up next to each other and for as long as I can remember, (insert deceased individual's name) has always been there for me- every special memory, every breakup, every misstep, every success- (insert deceased individual's name) was there. I don't have the words to express quite how heartbroken I am about this loss, and I don't know what life will look like without (insert deceased individual's name), but I do know that I have been incredibly lucky to have shared such amazing memories with this person. Thank you."

Ask For Help

Writing a eulogy can feel daunting and can be especially challenging to put together while you are grieving. Know that it is totally okay to reach out for help with writing the eulogy, as well as for grief support. Grief can cause mental fogginess and general fatigue, on top of other uncomfortable and/or emotionally draining symptoms, so be sure to listen to yourself, take breaks when needed, and reach out for appropriate help if you are struggling.

What to Write About Your Brother

Writing a eulogy for your brother may feel like an overwhelming task, especially if you are in the midst of grieving. Take your time, reach out for help if you would like some support, and write from your heart.

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