Readings & Quotations For Funerals

Sometimes, it can be hard to find the right words. A well chosen reading or quotation is a beautiful way to convey feelings and to remind us of the shared experience of grief.

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1 Corinthians 13 v 1 - 13

King James Bible

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am...

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1 Corinthians 13 v 1 - 13 - Revised

Revised English Bible

I may speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if I have no love, I am a...

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1 Corinthians 15 v 51 – 58

Revised English Bible

Listen, I will unfold a mystery: we shall not all die, but...

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1 Thessalonians 4 v 13 - 18

Revised English Bible

We wish you not to remain in ignorance, friends...

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2 Corinthians 4 v 16 - 18, 5 v 1 - 10

Revised English Bible

No wonder we do not lose heart! Though our outward humanity is in decay...

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2 Timothy 4 V 7 - 8

Revised English Bible

I have run the great race, I have finished the course, I have...

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A Butterfly

Anonymous

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam and for a brief moment its...

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A Reflection on an Autumn Day

Unknown

I took up a handful of grain and let it slip flowing through my fingers, and I...

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All the World's a Stage (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII)

William Shakespeare

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely...

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Before the Sublime Mystery of Life and Spirit

Colonel Robert G Ingersoll

Before the sublime mystery of life and spirit, the mystery of infinite...

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Charlotte's Webb (an extract)

E B White

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs...

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Cowards die many times (Julius Caesar Act II Scene II)

William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death...

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Dear Parents

Anonymous

I did not die young.  I lived my span of life within your body and within your...

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Death Is Nothing At All

Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped...

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Don't Cry Because It's Over...

Dr Seuss

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

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Ecclesiastes 3 V 1 - 8

Revised English Bible

For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven...

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Fahrenheit 451 (an extract)

Ray Bradbury

Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A...

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Footprints in the Sand - One Night a Man had a Dream...

Anonymous

One night a man had a dream.  He dreamt that he was walking along a beach with the...

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Give a Girl the Right Shoes...

Marilyn Monroe

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world."

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Gone From My Sight

Henry Van dyke

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to...

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I'm Not Afraid of Death

Woody Allen

"I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when...

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I've Told My Children That When I die...

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to...

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In This Sad World of Ours

Abraham Lincoln

In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with the bitterest agony...

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In Three Words

Robert Frost

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it...

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Intimations of Immortality (an extract)

Seneca

The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one

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Isaiah 25 V 6-9

Revised English Bible

On this mountain the LORD of Hosts will prepare a banquet of rich fare...

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Isaiah 61 v 1 - 4

Revised English Bible

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me;...

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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (an extract)

Bruce Colville

“Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people—they always go...

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John 14 v 1 - 7

Revised English Bible

'Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always...

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John 3 V 14 - 17

Revised English Bible

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of...

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John 6 v 35 – 40

Revised English Bible

Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never...

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Life is Hard....

David Gerrold

"Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat...

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Love like ours never dies

Rudyard Kipling

"Love like ours never dies."

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Mark 10 v 13 - 16

Revised English Bible

They brought children for him to touch. The disciples rebuked them...

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Matthew 18 v 1 - 5

Revised English Bible

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the...

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No Matter What (an extract)

Debi Gliori

"Does love wear out” said Small, “does it break or bend? Can you fix it, stick it,...

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One Day at a Time, This is Enough

Adam Lindsay

One day at a time; this is enough.  Do not look back and grieve over the...

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Our revels are now ended (The Tempest, Act IV Scene I)

William Shakespeare

Our revels are now ended: these our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air,...

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Pilgrim's Progress (an extract)

John Bunyan

I see myself now at the end of my journey; my toilsome days are ended.  I...

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Psalm 121

Revised English Bible

If I lift up my eyes to the hills, where shall I find help?...

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Psalm 139 v 7 - 12

Revised English Bible

Where can I escape from your spirit, where flee from your presence...

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Psalm 23

Revised English Bible

The LORD is my shepherd; I lack for nothing. He makes me lie down...

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Revelation 21 v 1 - 7

Revised English Bible

I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first...

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Romans 8 v 35, 37- 39

Revised English Bible

Then what can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or hardship...

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Some Are Bound to Die Young

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Some are bound to die young.  By dying young a person stays young in people’s...

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The Excursion (an extract)

William Wordsworth

And when the stream that overflows has passed, a consciousness remains upon the...

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The Little Prince (an extract)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"People have stars, but they aren't the same. For travellers, the stars are guides....

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The Prophet, "On Friendship"

Kahlil Gibran

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love...

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The Prophet, "On Joy and Sorrow"

Kahlil Gibran

Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered:
Your joy is your...

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The Prophet, "You would know the secret"

Kahlil Gibran

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you...

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The Velveteen Rabbit (an extract)

Margery Williams

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing...

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To Live in the Hearts

Thomas Campbell

"To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die."

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To the Well Organised Mind

J K Rowling

"To the well organised mind, death is but the next great adventure."

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Winnie The Pooh (extract) If ever there is tomorrow..

A A Milne

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must...

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You Only Live Once

Mae West

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

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