I’m Free – Anne Lindgren Davison – Funeral Poem

I’m Free is a beautiful funeral poem by Anne Lindgren Davison, and it’s one that I have used a lot in funeral services – unlike many of the traditional funeral poems, its origin isn’t shrouded in mystery, and you can read about it’s creation in Anne’s own words on her website (right down to the date it was written – June 22nd 1974 in case you’re interested).

Anne also talks in some detail about the frustrations that she has encountered with people either not crediting her for her work, people incorrectly claiming credit for her work, or people actually trying to profit from her work, so if you do use this piece in any service, please make sure to attribute it correctly to Anne.

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 him call,
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of 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 I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, my loved one’s touch
If my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart, rejoice with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

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