Some inspirational readings to help you say farewell ...
There are usually one or two main readings throughout a funeral ceremony, plus perhaps an additional one if there is a graveside interment or separate committal. These are usually chosen according to the character and beliefs of the individual to whom we're saying farewell. Some readings are funny, some very poignant, and some religious or spiritual and these are arranged in sections which you can go to directly by clicking on the link below:
Even if you feel you have no personal beliefs, please don't forget to have a look at the spiritual and religious texts as some of those readings might strike a real chord with you and they're very beautiful. If you don't see quite what you're looking for, please speak to me and I will suggest readings for you.
I will usually read these on your behalf within the ceremony but you might also like a close family friend or relative who's a confident speaker to read one of these for you, but don't feel that you have to have someone do that.
Just click on the name of the text to see the whole reading which will open up on the page in pdf format..
General readings and poems
You may recognise some of these readings - many are particularly well known, but there are lots that you probably have never heard before. Most of the poems with pronouns such as He is Gone can be changed to suit the person.
and if your loved one had dementia ...
These three little poems are partic ularly poignant if your loved one was in this situation and these would usually be read out in the introduction of a ceremony.
For babies and children
by Graham Allaway
by Stephen Meara-Blount
by Mary Yarnall
Spiritual readings and poems
Religious readings and poems
Poems relating to hobbies and interests
Lighthearted and humorous poems
These few little poems certainly aren't for everyone, so perhaps just skip on past this section if you think you may be offended ...