a multi-arched stone bridge over a riverLife and death are one, even as the river and sea are one
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent
knowledge of the beyond;
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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

 

What is Dying

What Is Dying - Bishop Brent - A Popular Funeral Reading

I am standing upon that foreshore, a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "there! she's gone!"
"Gone where?" "Gone from my sight, that's all", she is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side; just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of her destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at that moment when someone at my side says, "there! she's gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "here she comes!"
And that is dying.

Bishop Brent

This poem or a very similar one is often attributed to Victor Hugo or Henry Van Dyke

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