Writing your own words for a funeral

Thanks to Flinger, Michelle, for sharing this inspiration for writing your own words for a funeral. This time last week, I had the privilege of leading a funeral for Michelle and family to celebrate the life of her dad, Alex. It was a sad day for the family, marking the loss of their generous, spirited, loving, much-loved dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle.

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Write a tribute after a death

If you’d like to write a tribute after a death but don’t feel able, here’s how to do it – inspired by a participant in our recent Absent Friends Supper. Writing a tribute is a lovely way of remembering someone who mattered. It lets us get to the essence them by recalling some of their […]

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Living eulogy

Writing a eulogy can be a daunting task – so make it easier by starting your own living eulogy. This week, Carole Renshaw shares how a living eulogy – a work of autobiography -transformed a funeral and has made that the standout funeral to date in her experience.

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Gravestone words

Robin Hyde-Chambers at family-owned funeral services company R Hyde-Chambers Funeral Directors blogs for us this week on gravestone words. “Epitaphs are the words inscribed on a gravestone as a lasting tribute to people who have died. The words on their tombstone usually reflect the characteristics that made them special. “They’re usually an emotive, eloquent tribute to […]

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Epitaphs

The wording on a gravestone will read something like: “Lesley Smith, much loved partner of Andrea Sorani 4 Mar 1960-20 Jul 2012 A life well lived.  A love lost.” If you’re looking for inspiration for a memorial or headstone, have a look at what’s been written on the tombstone of some of life’s great legends […]

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Famous last words

“Charles Darwin (1809-1882) I am not the least afraid to die.” Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) No. Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low. Anna Pavlova Get my swan costume ready. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) It’s been a long time since I’ve had champagne. Archimedes of Syracuse (298-212 B.C.) Wait […]

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Poem or reading for a funeral

If you’re looking for poems and readings for a funeral, there is a host of great writers out there who have created powerful and moving lines about the deaths of loved ones that are often quoted at funerals. And there are some just about life, love, nature, spiritual mysteries that serve as funeral poems very well. You can use a whole, short poem or take a excerpt of a paragraph or two from longer readings.

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