Special Readings for Funerals

Posted on May 30th, 2023 by under Funeral Home
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Special readings for funerals suggested by Wing-Bain Funeral Home


In times of great difficulty, poetry has the power to provide solace. Readings that are centered around farewells and transitions, grief and the journey toward healing, aim to resonate profoundly with those grappling with loss or mourning. Here are some ideas for special readings that can be included in a funeral:


  • Poems: Select meaningful poems that reflect on life, love, and the journey of the deceased. Some popular choices include “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” by Clare Harner, “The Dash” by Linda Ellis, or “Remember Me” by David Harkins.
  • Religious Texts: If the funeral has religious significance, consider including readings from sacred texts such as the Bible, Quran, or Bhagavad Gita. Choose passages that offer comfort, hope, and reflections on the afterlife.
  • Personal Letters or Messages: Ask close friends or family members to write personal letters or messages to the deceased. These heartfelt tributes can be read aloud during the service, sharing cherished memories and the impact the person had on their lives.
  • Inspirational Quotes: Select inspiring quotes that resonate with the deceased’s values or outlook on life. These can be read as individual passages or incorporated into a eulogy. Quotes from renowned authors, philosophers, or spiritual leaders can provide solace and reflection.
  • Favorite Poems or Passages: Consider the deceased’s favorite literature, whether it’s a beloved poem, book excerpt, or passage from a cherished piece of writing. Sharing their favorites can be a meaningful way to honor their personal tastes and interests.
  • Song Lyrics: If the deceased had a deep connection to a particular song or lyrics, consider reading or reciting those lyrics during the service. Music often holds a special place in people’s hearts and can evoke strong emotions and memories.

Remember to choose readings that resonate with the deceased’s life, values, and beliefs. It’s essential to consider the preferences of the family and the overall tone of the funeral service as well.

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