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“The Dash” a Poem by Linda Ellis

Published: December 15, 2023

American poet Linda Ellis was born in America in1950, and is a motivational speaker and poet. She wrote the poem “The Dash” in 1996. The poem always serves to honour deceased loved ones and remember their lives at funerals, memorial services, and other life celebrations.

This funeral poem  prompts the reader to maximise their time and make the most of their time on earth “dash.” It reminds the reader to value and make meaning of their own lives and reflect on the life of the person who has passed away.

The Dash highlights the importance of kindness, love, and compassion in our interactions with others. It highlights the significance of the relationships we build, the positive impact we have on the world, and the meaningful contributions we make to society. “The Dash” prompts readers to question whether they are living their lives to the fullest and leaving behind a legacy that they can be proud of.

Since its creation, “The Dash” has been widely shared, printed on posters, and read at various life events such as funerals, graduations, and celebrations. Linda Ellis has been praised for her ability to capture universal truths about the human experience in a simple and accessible way.

In addition to her writing, Linda Ellis has become an advocate for living a purposeful life, and she has given talks and workshops on the themes presented in “The Dash.” She has also written a book entitled “Live Your Dash,” which offers inspirational products and materials aimed at helping people make the most of their lives.

The Dash

Many funeral homes and celebrants use this poem to express emotions during the mourning period. The poem has also worked great in grief counselling sessions and support groups; it may be helpful as a means of expressing one’s emotions at this trying time.

The poem has been a typical case in recent years at essential people’s funerals, including that of Bob Dole, a former U.S. senator who passed away in December 2020. They recited the poem during his funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.

The Dash by Linda Ellis

For more poem inspiration visit the Save Funeral Costs blog of funeral poems.

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This is one of my favourite poems

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