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Memorial Poems, Quotes and Gifts: Remembering My Father

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An Inspirational Memorial Poem about Death in Memory of My Father

I originally wrote this memorial death poem in August 2009 as part of an art and poetry collection that I was developing. The original poem was inspired by an abstract metal painting that I had named "My Fathers Mask". Then today as I got ready to post the original poem on my blog I realized that it was September 5th, the tenth anniversary of my father's death. You may call it coincidence if you wish, but I do not believe in coincidences. So I decided to rewrite the original poem as a memorial poem in honor of my late father. My intention in creating this lens is to remember my father and at the same time bring comfort to those of you who are grieving the death of a loved one. I hope that the inspirational memorial poems, fathers death quotes and memorial gifts in this lens are of some help to you. For more encouragement you can read inspirational death quotes and poems here. This memorial poem is titled, "My Fathers Mask: Death the Journey Home." and it is dedicated to my dear father, the late Chief Justice Z.R. Chesoni, who passed away on September 5th, 1999. He was a special man and a wonderful father and I thank God for blessing me with such a great dad. He did not have a mask in his study but he had plenty of books and he loved to read and learn. He passed this love for the written word on to all of us and he always said that knowledge was the one thing that nobody could take away from you. Two of my father's favorite poems that I cherish to this day are "Rudyard Kipling's, If" and "Don't Quit." These two inspirational poems encourage me and keep me going whenever my spirits are low. I find solace in reading my fathers favorite poems and I know that even if he is gone from this world he is still watching over me. Rest in Peace, dear Papa, you will always be loved and cherished. When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. ~ African Proverb

Image: Remember Me, Memorial Poetry Poster by Genie Graveline.

Father's Mask by Injete Chesoni.

Father's Mask by Injete Chesoni.

Memorial Poem: My Fathers Mask, Death the Journey Home

A Memorial Death Poem by Injete Chesoni

My father has a mask

That hangs up in his study,

It is bronze and earthy,

With scary eyes.

It has a surprised mouth,

that holds the key

to some deep and dark mystery.

One day long ago

I asked him,

What deep dark secrets he hid,

In that strange mask

That hung up in his study.

Is it the key to your secrets

that you never told mother and I?

Or is it the key to your heart

where your love for us lies?

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No, he told me with a serious

far away look in his eyes,

It is the key to my homeland,

that I left a long time ago,

It reminds me of where I came from,

And where I shall go.

I regarded him quizzically,

For it was unusual for him

to be so full of mystery.

Father of what are you talking?

And he snapped out of his reverie.

Never mind my dear,

he said placatingly.

I will tell you when you are old

enough to understand,

the stories about my homeland,

and its deep mystery.

When you go there will you take us with you I pled,

He looked at me gravely and shook his head,

Each one must make their own journey my dear,

But there will always be a home there for you so never fear.

Now my father has gone to his home,

He is no longer with us

But I know that I am not alone.

I look up at the mask that hangs in his study,

And I know that he is watching over me.

I remember those words that he said a long time ago

And they bring me comfort and ease my sorrow.

There will always be a home for you my dear

So let your heart rest easy and never ever fear.

This death memorial poem is dedicated to my dear Father, the late Chief Justice Z.R. Chesoni who passed away on September 5th, 1999.

Image: "My Fathers Mask," abstract metal artwork by Injete Chesoni.

Fathers Death Quotes

These quotes about fathers and the loss of a father are suitable for use during funeral or memorial services and also to add to memorial gifts.

1. A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow. - Author Unknown

2. A man never grows up until his father dies. – African Proverb

3. As you do for your ancestors, your children will do for you. - African Proverb

4. Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father. - Lydia M. Child

5. Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. - Author Unknown

6. Dads don't need to be tall and broad-shouldered and clever. Love makes them so. - Pam Brown

7. He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. - Clarence B. Kelland

8. His heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father. - Will Rogers Jr.

9. If all the fathers in the world held out their hand in friendship, yours is the one I'd hold. - Author Unknown

10. It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. - Anne Sexton

11. It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping. - John Sinor

12. It's not the fishin'... It's the time together. - Author Unknown

13. It's only when you grow up and step back from him; or leave him for your own home; it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. - Margaret Truman

14. I've learned that a father's blessing can fill a son's soul to the brim. - Kelly Tobey

15. My dear father; my dear friend; the best and wisest man I ever knew, who taught me many lessons and showed me many things as we went together along the country by-ways. - Sarah Orne Jewett

16. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. - Jim Valvano

17. Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. - Ruth E. Renkel

18. Tell me who your father is, and I'll tell you who you are. - Filipino Proverb

19. The love of a father is one of nature's greatest masterpieces. - Anonymous

20. The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. -Henry Ward Beecher

21. The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity. - Jean Paul Richter

22. To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. - Euripides

23. To her the name of father was another name for love. - Fanny Fern

24. Up on his shoulders... is where I love to be. - Michael Carr

25. We desire to bequest two things to our children - the first one is roots; the other one is wings. - African Proverb (Sudan)

26. What do I owe my father? Everything. - Henry Van Dyke

27. What you have inherited from your father, you must earn over again for yourselves, or it will not be yours. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

28. When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. - Mark Twain

29. When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. - Ghanaian Proverb

30. You only appreciate your father the day you become a father yourself. - Iranian Proverb

31. You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. -Irish Proverb

Father Memorial Keepsake Music Box

Angel of comfort

Angel Memorial

Memorial Gifts and Ideas to Remember Your Loved One By

I am constantly trying to think of a special memorial gift that I can give my mother in memory of my late father and nothing ever really seems appropriate. While I was researching ideas for the blog post in memory of my dad I discovered a whole range of memorial gifts that I had not thought of. Some of you may find these gift ideas helpful if you are stuck for options like I was. If you are creative you have a variety of memorial gifts that you can make. For example, I intend to create a framed art poster of this memorial poem at Zazzle for my mother. I can never quite persuade her to go online. I emailed the blog post of the poem and art piece to my siblings and I may make them posters too. You can create posters free of charge at Zazzle but make sure that you retain them as a private product if you do not wish to sell them to the public. I also intend to develop a book of poems for my father, you can do this for free at Lulu. If you are not poetic but you have nice photos of your loved ones you can also create a memorial photo book to share with your family. If you are not creative but like memorial poems you can buy a memorial plaque or memorial frame featuring a poem that you like. In some cases you can even personalize the plaque. Another nice memorial keepsake is a memorial box which you can store mementos in. You can create your own memorial box at Cafepress or you can buy ready made ones at Amazon. My mother is constantly searching for ideas to decorate my father's graveside which is on our farm. I came across memorial garden stones, stepping stones and memorial benches which are all suitable for the outdoors. You can have these made for you with your own message or you can buy ready made ones with a memorial poem or inspirational death quote. I also liked the idea of a memorial angel watching over my father's grave. So aside from writing a memorial poem today I also got some great memorial gift ideas which should make my mother happy.

Memorial Candles and Candle Holders

Praying Angel Flameless Wax LED Candle

Praying Hands Metal Art by Injete Chesoni

Praying Hands Metal Art by Injete Chesoni

Death Memorial Poem: Forever Remembered

by Injete Chesoni

Even after life is gone

In our hearts your love lingers on

Even after you have left our sight

In our thoughts

your light shines bright

Even after you are gone

In our memories

you forever live on.

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Fathers Funeral Memorial Poem

A Psalm of Life

Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o'er life's solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.

-Henry Longfellow

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anonymous on May 30, 2013:

@anonymous: My Dear Sharon,

I do share your pain. I really, really do!



anonymous on March 22, 2013:

my hero, my go to guy, no protector, my DAD left me March 31, 2000 - 13 years ago to join my beloved mother who passed away April 5, 1986 they had been apart for 14 years and they missed each other so - but now I am an orphan with no parents and I miss them every day so very much but in what's left of my broken heart I believe they are together once again and that gives me comfort. So as the anniversary of both their deaths comes nearer I want to say I LOVE YOU BOTH, I MISS YOU BOTH and it hurts so very very much ...........your daughter Sharon

anonymous on December 03, 2012:

Does anyone have an idea to give to youngg adult children who lost their father. I have a charm bracket and last year got a all picture frame and put material on it from a shirt. My son got a favorite tie lined with the same material. Any suggestions?

anonymous on April 01, 2012:

@Injete: good

TheRosemaryComp on September 08, 2011:

Very lovely. Thanks for sharing :)

JJNW from USA on August 16, 2011:

Wonderful, wonderful poetry. You are very talented and have touched my heart. *** Blessed by a SquidAngel! ***

slotowngal on July 28, 2011:

Love your poem and the wonderful mask left from your father. How comforting to know he is there waiting for you when you make your own last journey. Thank you for sharing.

Injete (author) on July 25, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi Denise thanks.

Injete (author) on July 25, 2011:

@Lee Hansen: Hi Pastiche thanks so much for the comment and blessings and sorry for your loss. Fathers are special and I was blessed to have a wonderful dad.

anonymous on June 17, 2011:

Very nice and interesting.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on May 28, 2011:

So close to Father's Day and just a month after the 6th anniversary of my dad's passing this lens really hits home for me. I am inspired by your ideas, your poetry and your thoughtful remembrance of your father. Blessings from a visiting angel ...

Injete (author) on March 22, 2011:

@DawnMathisenakaC: Hi Dawn thanks for the lovely inspiring comment and "Angel Blessings."

DawnMathisenakaC on March 18, 2011:

Outstanding lens and great tribute. Loved your poem! I'm sorry for the loss of your father but what an awesome tribute. You have a gift! You have been "Angel Blessed" today. Looking forward to seeing you around Squidoo!

Injete (author) on March 05, 2011:

@ZenandChic: Hi "JewelsofAwe" thanks so much for the squid blessings and lensroll plus feature.

Patricia on February 28, 2011:

Such a lovely poem. I am lensrolling this to my Death of a loved one where I wrote a few poems about my father and stepfather and grandfather's passing. Blessing this lens and featuring it on my Poetry review angel lens!

Injete (author) on December 21, 2010:

@jdwheeler: Hello JD thanks for the compliment. It makes me happy to know a father appreciates my poem.

jdwheeler on December 21, 2010:

Wonderful poem. As a father myself, I deeply enjoyed it.

Injete (author) on December 17, 2010:

@Michey LM: Hi Michey, thank-you.

Michey LM on December 16, 2010:

This is so beautuful.

All the best for you


Injete (author) on October 05, 2010:

Hi Kim and Christian Teen World thanks for your lovely comments. My father was very special to me and it was a true blessing to have him as a dad.

ChristianTeenWorld on October 05, 2010:

What a beautiful dedication to your father, a great read for everyone.

Great page, thank you for the time and handwork put into this squidoo lens.

Great resource for any christian! If you have a chance, check out my site dedicated to Bible Lessons for our youth!

Thanks again for your hard work and great resource here!

God Bless!

KimGiancaterino on November 19, 2009:

This is a very beautiful tribute to your father. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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