There is No Light Without a Dawning by Helen Steiner Rice – Funeral Poem –

Read by Marc Lemezma Funeral Celebrant


A small Easter gift for you. At this time of year, Christians contemplate loss and renewal.

We realise without one there cannot be the other, just as day follows night.

This brief but strong poem by Helen Steiner Rice is often spoken at funerals. It reminds us of that universal truth.

These words will have impact for everyone, no matter what your faith, or even if you have none.

No winter without a spring And beyond the dark horizon

Our hearts will once more sing ….

For those who leave us for a while Have only gone away

Out of a restless, care worn world Into a brighter day.

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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