A Lovely Book of Funeral Poems For a Memorial Service

Consider a copy of Poems and Readings for Funerals and Memorials for your personalized celebration

funeral poems, funeral poems, funeral poems, funeral poems, funeral poemsThere still remains a surprisingly limited selection of books offering readings for a memorial service or celebration. As more people opt each year to create their own personalized celebration in memory of a lost loved one, the need continues to grow for endearing material from which to create an inspiring memorial event. “Poems and Readings for Funerals and Memorials” compiled by Luisa Moncada has assembled over 120 selections of reflective poems, readings, lyrics, prayers, and songs. The variety of genre ranges from the classic poems of e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, and Rumi to Old and New Testament prayers.  The lyrics of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan counter endearing plays like Romeo and Juliet and Aeschylus’s Agamemnon. Readings span from The House at Pooh Corner to Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This book draws on grief, sorrow, love, life and death. Most selections are on the shorter side, running from a brief paragraph to a few pieces that run three pages. Each page is tagged with the genre — poem, spiritual, letter, reading, song, novel, prayer, or biblical — and accompanied by a short description of the authors.

Poems and Readings for Funerals and Memorials also contains notable readings like Oprah Winfrey’s eulogy to Rosa Parks and Robert Kennedy’s quote at the National Democratic Convention in memorial to JFK.  This carefully-considered compilation has a little something for everyone who seeks a meaningful reading for a most special memorial celebration.

I will close with the selection:

Death is Not the End by Bob Dylan

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When you’re sad and when you’re lonely
And you haven’t got a friend
Just remember that death is not the end
And all that you held sacred
Falls down and does not mend
Just remember that death is not the end

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end
When you’re standing on the crossroads
That you cannot comprehend
Just remember that death is not the end
And all your dreams have vanished
And you don’t know what’s up the bend
Just remember that death is not the end

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

When the storm clouds gather round you
And heavy rains descend
Just remember that death is not the end

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3 Responses to A Lovely Book of Funeral Poems For a Memorial Service

  1. That’s amazing article ,thanks for sharing with us.

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  2. avatar Barb Phillips says:

    I am trying to purchase this book from Amazon.com but it does not have it. Is there somewhere we can purchase this resource?

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