During funeral services at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, a portion of time is usually devoted to readings. Readings is an all-encompassing term that can refer to quotes, poetry, song lyrics, scriptures, prose, or something that is written by the family.
This part of the funeral service gives the mourners time to reflect and it can also serve to let them know more about who the deceased was and what they cared about. Readings are also a way to express feelings of sadness and sorrow about the loss of our loved one or memories of what our loved ones meant to us.
Readings may also be used to pay tribute or honor to our loved one or to provide us with comfort in our loss. In general, two or three readings are included in funeral services, but there is no limit on the number we can include to memorialize our loved one.
Choosing the readings to include in the funeral service for our loved ones can often be difficult. We may think of many things that we’d like to use and we may get overwhelmed with the process of making the final decision.
There are some practical ways to narrow down the choices that we finally decide to use. This includes asking some questions.
One question is whether the readings we are considering including in the funeral service are ones that were favorites of our loved ones. Another question is whether the readings will evoke memories of our loved one.
Next, we should ask if the readings will be a reflection of our loved one’s take on life or of their personality and temperament. Readings should always communicate emotions to mourners, so we should ask if the ones we are considering have an emotional spark to them.
Another question to ask is whether the readings we are thinking about are respectful and in good taste. Readings should also be meaningful to us, as well as reflective of our loved one, and they should offer comfort to all who are attending the funeral service.
One example of a piece of prose that could be used as a reading in a funeral service is: “Teach them the quiet verbs of kindness, to live beyond themselves. Urge them toward excellence, drive them toward gentleness, pull them deep into yourself, pull them upward toward manhood, but softly like an angel arranging clouds.,” from The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.
Poems are often chosen because they are more succinct in expressing feelings and heartfelt emotions. One great choice for funeral readings is Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, which includes this concluding stanza: “I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence:/Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—/I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference.”
Another poem that is popular as a funeral reading is Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, which includes the poignant opening stanza: “Do not go gentle into that good night,/
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;/Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Popular scripture readings that are often included in funeral services are Psalm 23 and Revelation 21:4, which reads, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
If you’d like to learn more about funeral readings at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.