Funeral Poem – If I Should Go/By Herself & All Her Friends – By Joyce Grenfell

Read by Marc Lemezma Funeral Celebrant



Joyce Grenfell is recognised and remembered for her comedy genius, both as a writer and performer.

This meaningful and touchingly funny poem sums up in a few seconds the same message others take minutes to explore and explain.


If I should go before the rest of you

Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone,

Nor when I’m 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.



Poetry is written to be shared, read and heard. Can I share or use this poetry? The poems I share on my website or social media are original or are regularly used at funerals and are presented to aid those researching poetry for use at their loved one's funeral service.. Wherever known, I do give credit and thanks to the author. If you know the author of any I have marked as ‘unknown’, then let me know, and I will amend the page. If you chose to share or use the poetry at a funeral or memorial service, please give the author credit. Many of these poems are original to me; please feel free to share those or use them if they seem right for your service. All I ask is that you give credit to the author.


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