It’s often said that at times in life when words are inadequate we turn to ceremony.
But the truth is, the formal words of the readings we use in funeral ceremonies also have the capacity to bear the weight of our most profound thoughts and feelings about death.
Crafted by master wordsmiths, they capture what we ourselves feel inside but are usually incapable of expressing so eloquently. They are words ‘well said’.
These do a wonderful job of helping friends and families move forward in their mourning.
For starters, readings that specifically mention death help mourners acknowledge the reality and finality of death and come to terms with it.
Each of these personalised readings can be prefaced with a few words about the reading’s place in the person’s life.
This helps funeral attendees remember the person who died.
Ceremonies can include readings, such as, religious texts, poems, book reading or other verses.
Inviting several different people to do readings is a good way to involve a number of mourners in the funeral ceremony.
Their involvement helps them as well as others.
Responsive or group readings can also demonstrate social bonds and evoke community support.