Bible readings for the service

Bible readings are often used at funerals, especially those that speak of the Christian message of hope and of God’s care for those who mourn. These include:

Or there may be a passage that is particularly special to either you or your loved one. Perhaps you could ask someone to read one of these passages in the service or to include it in the eulogy.

Poems and reflections

Poetry can be a powerful way to express grief alongside the Christian message of the hope of eternal life. 

Poems are also a good way of personalising the service. Why not share a favourite poem of the deceased? You may need to bear in mind that some churches ask that poems shared reflect a Christian perspective – feel free to talk about this with your minister.

Is there a poem or reflection that you have found particularly helpful in your time of grief? Why not share it with us?

Poems

We have shared some poems below that have particular resonance for a funeral service:

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found that peace at the end of the day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savoured much, good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

Janice M. Fair-Salters        

Traditional Gaelic blessing       

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Old traditional blessing

I weep in love            

I am glad, Lord, for I wept today.
And I hid my tears inside my handkerchief.
Still my eyes were burning, and my head got hot; my heart was beating fast and I felt weak, solemn thoughts rose up from my mind, and a note of thankfulness played its melody in my being.
Why? I do not know.
I know that drops of tears which I hid in my kerchief.
Have been a stepping stone for me to thee.
Lord, I cry, make me weep,
And give me tears to flow;
Thy loving touch transforms my grief
Into joy, and peace I weep in love – I am glad, Lord, for I wept today

Meditation by an Indian Christian

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