Funeral Readings

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Manny Godoy under Burial, Cremation, Memorials, Mortuary, Uncategorized
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Have you thought about what you want people to read during your funeral? That might sound like a strange question. But it’s something you should consider, since you won’t be around to speak your mind when the time comes.

Funeral services are as unique as the people they celebrate. But most include similar content. For example, whether they are formal or casual, religious or humanistic, the lion’s share of life celebrations feature a mix of music, welcome greetings, readings, prayers or meditations, tributes, encouragement from clergy or mortuary directors, and a benediction.

What to Read

Personal letters

Write a letter for loved ones to read someday at your funeral. Or, if you prefer, ask a family member or friend to write an anecdote about your life that someone can share at your memorial.

Words to treasured songs

If you’re a heavy metal fan and don’t want to shock your loved ones by playing loud music during your memorial service, consider using the lyrics to favorite songs. Music is poetic.

Inspirational sayings

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.  ~Eskimo Legend

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. ~David Viscott

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t. ~Richard Bach

Bible verses

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I amwith you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

 

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Poems

Do not stand at my grave and weep

~Mary Frye

I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die…

Miss Me but Let Me Go~Christina Georgina Rossetti

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take and each must go alone. It’s all a part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart go to the friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me but let me go!

We are Here to Help

Whether you live and work in Glendora, Azusa, Covina or elsewhere in the LA basin, Inland Empire or San Gabriel Valley, we are proud to offer memorial and answers to your funeral and memorial-related questions. Questions? Call us  without obligation. Foothill Funeral & Cremation is one of very few funeral homes that are certified by the Green Burial Council.

With a beautiful showroom and offices located at 402 West Baseline in Glendora, we proudly serves the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. With years of experience in the mortuary industry, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. We would be honored to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.

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