Funeral and Memorial Service Readings, Poems and Tributes
Rachel R. Baum
McFarland, Nov 14, 2007 - Social Science - 183 pages
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 Anne Bronte Author Unknown beautiful bereavement Books breath Brontė brother Buried Friends Chapter Eleven child Christina Georgina Rossetti Collected Poems Copyright David Ignatow Dead dear Death di›erent dream earth Edgar Albert Guest Elizabeth Emily Brontė Epitaph eyes Farewell father ﬁeld ﬁlm ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst ﬂight ﬂow ﬂower forget Funeral Blues grave grief grieve heart heaven Immortality Let Me Go life’s light Lived Valiantly Lord Mark Van Doren Max Ehrmann memorial service Memoriam Mother mourn never night o’er o›er October 998 parents Pet Loss Phone remember Reprinted by permission Robert rose Sail silent sing sister sleep smile song Sonnet sorrow soul su›ering 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 York