In Loving Memory - Planning a Funeral
By Jennifer C
It seems utterly strange that at the time when we have
lost a loved one, we are also expected to plan a funeral
service which celebrates their life and serves as a
tribute to them.
Of course, it's possible to have a quiet funeral service
and plan a memorial service some weeks or even months
later, when you've had time to grieve and plan just what
it is that you want to say about your loved one.
Even so, it can be difficult to find or write the right
words that will express your thoughts, feelings and
Just how do you deliver a eulogy speech that pays
tribute to an entire life?
This is the point at which some people ask for advice
from friends and relative, call in the services of a
speech writer or make use of the well-loved writings and
poems of poets.
How could one fail to be moved by poems like "Do not go
gentle into that good night" (Dylan Thomas) or "Remember
Me, when I am gone away "?
Another poem made famous in the film "Four Weddings and
a Funeral" starts with the words "Stop all the clocks,
cut off the telephone" and was written by English poet,
There is a wealth of moving words that can be used in
this way - from those written hundreds of years ago, to
the lines of Shakespeare, the war poets who knew loss in
such a terrible way, to more modern readings by writers
like CS Lewis.
About the Author
Jen Carter runs the Special Moments site which offers
information on funerals & planning. You can find 50
best-loved funeral poems and readings [http://www.specialmomentshome.com/funeral/funeral-poems.html]
at her website.