When Tomorrow Starts Without Me – Funeral Poem by David Romano Read by Marc Lemezma

There is a wide range of emotions and sentiments expressed in funeral poems. This popular poem, “When Tomorrow Starts Without Me” by David Romano, encapsulates a broad spectrum of feelings related to loss and remembrance. It speaks directly to the hearts of those grieving, offering a blend of sorrow, love, and comfort.

This poem is much longer than most at three minutes, although it does have much to offer us. Its length allows for a more detailed exploration of the emotions surrounding death and the afterlife, making it a profound and moving piece.

Poem Text

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me,

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,

And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I’d always thought,
I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could re-live yesterday
Just even for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne.

He said, “This is eternity,
And all I’ve promised you.”
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day’s the same way
There’s no longing for the past.

You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times
You did some things
You knew you shouldn’t do.

But you have been forgiven
And now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand
And share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here, in your heart.

Description and Analysis

“When Tomorrow Starts Without Me” by David Romano is a heartfelt and deeply emotional funeral poem that speaks to the pain of loss and the hope of eternal reunion. The poem is written from the perspective of someone who has passed away, offering words of comfort to those left behind.

Expression of Love and Sorrow:
The poem begins by acknowledging the inevitable tears and sorrow that follow the loss of a loved one. The speaker wishes that their loved ones would not cry, expressing an understanding of the pain but also a desire for them to find comfort. This duality of recognizing sorrow while encouraging strength is a common theme in funeral poetry.

Assurance of Continued Presence:
Romano reassures the bereaved that the love shared remains strong, even in death. The lines “For every time you think of me, / I’m right here, in your heart” emphasize that the departed will always be with them in spirit, providing solace that their bond transcends physical separation.

Imagery of the Afterlife:
The poem vividly describes the afterlife as a place prepared by angels, where the departed is welcomed into heaven. This imagery of an angelic guide and the peaceful depiction of heaven offer comfort to those mourning, suggesting a serene and happy place where their loved one now resides.

Reflections on Life and Regrets:
Romano touches on the natural human regrets and the longing to have done more in life. The lines reflect on the “good ones and the bad” yesterdays and the unfulfilled desires and dreams. This introspective element resonates deeply, as it mirrors the thoughts and regrets of those left behind.

Message of Eternal Love and Forgiveness:
The poem conveys a powerful message of forgiveness and eternal love. The speaker talks about being forgiven for past mistakes and being invited to share eternal life with God. This notion of divine forgiveness and unconditional love provides a comforting resolution, offering peace to the grieving.

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. They provide solace and express emotions that might be hard to articulate during such a difficult time.

Wherever known, I do give credit and thanks to the author. Recognizing the creator’s contribution is essential, and it ensures that their work is appreciated and respected.

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If you choose to share or use the poetry at a funeral or memorial service, please give the author credit. Acknowledging the poet’s work not only honors their creativity but also allows others to discover and appreciate their poignant words.


“When Tomorrow Starts Without Me,” read by Marc Lemezma, offers a deeply moving and comforting message for those mourning the loss of a loved one. It reassures us that love transcends physical presence and that one day, we will be reunited with those we’ve lost. This poem serves as a beautiful reminder of the enduring bond between the departed and those who remain, providing solace and hope amidst the pain of loss. Whether you are seeking words for your own comfort or to share with others, this poem stands as a timeless expression of love, loss, and eternal connection.







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