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Funeral Readings Collection

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Funeral Readings

Currently there are more than 120 different funeral readings in this collection, the funeral readings featured are a varied and diverse mixture of religious and non-religious text, most of the funeral readings are suitable for all age groups but you will see from the menu that there is a section that is specific to funeral readings for children and some of these particular funeral readings are also suitable (if you feel it is appropriate) for a child or young person to read during the funeral service of an adult.

Please feel free to suggest any funeral readings for inclusion in this collection, we are always particularly interested in any original and unusual funeral readings.

Occasional Random Popular Funeral Readings

 

Desiderata

Desiderata - Max Ehrmann - A Popular Funeral Reading

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they to have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrman

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