|We wish that [name] could be with us|
This very special day,
'Cause he [or she] was like a rush of sun
Before he went away.
We light this candle so that we
Might bring him here awhile,
As we remember his bright flame,
His laughter and his smile.
We wish that he could share with us
The happiness we feel,
'Cause knowing that he knew our joy
Would make it all more real.
But even though he's not with us,
His presence is still strong,
'Cause in his heart we'll always find
The love for which we long.
Note: If you don't want to have a candle-lighting ceremony, simply leave out the second verse. Also feel free to change the poem to the plural ("We wish our parents were with us," "We wish our loved ones were with us," etc.).