Funeral and Memorial Service Readings, Poems, and Tributes
Words can fail even the most articulate when called upon to speak at a loved one's funeral or memorial occasion. The bereaved desires to say something meaningful, yet services are often held so quickly that there is little time to find something appropriate at the library or bookstore.
This book is a collection of poetry and prose appropriate for reading at a funeral or memorial service. To assist the reader in finding a suitable passage, the book is divided into eleven chapters. There are tributes for mothers; fathers; children; spouses and soulmates; friends; siblings and other close relatives; soldiers and victims of war or violence; pets; and general readings appropriate for men, women, or any loved one. These selections will also prove helpful for clergy, counselors, and hospice, hospital, and funeral professionals. Appendices list resources and support organizations, and each selection is indexed by author, title, and first line. A special additional index references pieces by famous uses, such as in a film, novel, or celebrity's funeral, so readers can locate a passage they remember from its context.
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A.E. Housman Anne Author Unknown beauty bereavement breath Bronte brother Chapter Eleven Christina Georgina Rossetti Collected Poems Copyright dark David Ignatow Dead dear death dream dying earth Edgar Albert Guest Elegy Elizabeth Emily Epitaph eyes face Farewell father flower forget Gaius Valerius Catullus Gather the Stars give go gentle grave grief grieve hand hear heart heaven Immortality Internet Let me go light Lord Mark Van Doren Max Ehrmann memorial service Memoriam Mother mourn never night o'er parents peace Pet Loss Phone Publishing remember Reprinted by permission Rita Mae Brown rose Sarton silent sing sister sleep smile song sorrow soul sweet tears thee things Thomas Hardy thou art thought tributes version current W. H. Auden walk Walter Alexander Raleigh weep Wendell Berry William Wordsworth woman words Yaedi Ignatow York