Choosing a Reading.

Planning someone's funeral can be difficult, it can all feel a bit overwhelming, not only are you trying to get your head around the fact that someone you love is gone, but you also have to decide what is going to be the best way to honour them.



It might be that your loved one has left very clear instructions about what they would like, or it might be that it's something you have never discussed.


One of the roles of a Funeral Celebrant is to help you put together a ceremony that is a fitting tribute to your loved one and part of that is helping you choose appropiate readings and poems.


It might be that you want something that has religious connotations, or your might prefer something that is specific to the relationship you have with the person who has died, for example a poem about a grandmother / grandchild relationship or a friendship.


In our initial meeting, I can help guide you with some poems that you might want to include. On the day, you can either read it yourself, or ask a friend or family member to do it for you or I can read it on your behalf, even if you change your mind at the last minute.


Here are a few of my suggestions for poems to have a look at.


  • "All is Well" by Henry Scott-Holland.

  • "Dust if you Must" - Emma Jane Rae.

  • "I Thought of You Today"

  • "Afterglow" - Helen Lowrie Marshall.

  • "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" - Mary Frye

The above are just a few suggestions, if you would like to talk to me officiating at your loved ones funeral, then please contact me.