Readings for Funeral Programs

Funeral readings are the perfect accent to your loved one’s funeral, memorial, homegoing or celebration of life services.  Readings for funeral programs are the perfect way to communicate your emotions during a time of grieving. Readings also give comfort to memorial service guests, family and friends. Funeral Readings can also be included in written memorial materials, such as funeral programs, memorial prayer cardsmemorial bookmarks and even thank you and condolence cards. There are a wide variety of readings that you can choose from. Below are several options for choosing passages to read.

Funeral and Memorial Poems

Poems are frequently read at memorial services. There are a wide range of selections to choose from that are very appropriate for funeral and memorial services. These poems can have a wide range of religious and secular themes, and have been written specifically to honor mothers, fathers, children, and many others. You can find free resources on the internet that have categorized lists of poems that will help you convey the perfect message at your ceremony.  You can also write your own poems to express your feelings toward your loved one.

Examples of Funeral Poems

She is Gone

God’s Garden

Life is But a Stopping

Place Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

More funeral poems are listed on this website.

Funeral Scriptures and Prayers

Since most funeral and memorial services are religious-based, and held in churches, synagogues or chapels, funeral prayers and scriptures are almost always a part of most funeral ceremonies. There are a wide range of scriptures and prayers to choose from. You can consult the internet for funeral-appropriate passages, or you can also ask the clergy that will be officiating your funeral ceremony. Often the clergy can easily give recommendations. You may also want to consider any prayers and scriptures that the deceased may have favored.

Common Funeral Scriptures and Prayers

23rd Psalm

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi Romans 6:3-9

Funeral and Memorial Quotes

Quotes from famous people or passages from books can also be used at memorial services. If the deceased had a famous author or saying, consider incorporating it into your memorial to help personalize the service. For a highly personalized service, consider creating an original poem or story that tells details of the deceased, or your relationship with the deceased.