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Poetry Readings for a Funeral

Poetry Readings for a Funeral Service

Quick Links to Selected Poems: General Selections | Spouse | Parent | Child | Unexpected Death | Long Illness | African American | American Indian | Military Remember


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Sir Edmund Hillary’s Eulogy

"On 29 May 1953 a young New Zealander stood on top of Mt Everest with his climbing companion Tenzing Norgay. That young man was Edmund Hillary, soon to be knighted, and to become the most famous New Zealander of our time. Sir Ed’s achievement on that day cannot be underestimated. He went to a height and a place no man had gone before. He went there with 1950s, not 21st Century, technology. He went there with well honed climbing skills, developed in New Zealand, Europe, and Nepal itself.


President John F. Kennedy Funeral Eulogy

"Mr. President, hundreds of thousands of words have been published, and hundreds of thousands more have been spoken into the microphones of the world since John F. Kennedy was struck down in Dallas, but none of them were really adequate. Words never are in the face of senseless tragedy.


Dealing With Grief When the Death was a Suicide

Doing and Saying Just the Right Things When A Person Takes His or Her Own Life In our culture, suicide is particularly difficult for friends and family. Police are involved. An autopsy is required by law. In some cases, family and friends are suspected of foul play. Survivors often feel incredibly guilty that they didn’t do enough to prevent the tragedy. Here are some things you can do to offer support to friends and family when a suicide occurs. When you learn that a person has taken his or her own life…


Dealing With Grief following Death from a Terminal Illness

Doing and Saying Just the Right Things When a Terminal Illness Takes a Life It’s not uncommon to feel helpless when someone has a terminal illness. When death occurs, there is often guilt at feeling relief. Caregivers can feel empty without the daily challenge of caring for their loved one. Here are some things you can do be supportive to friends and family following their loss. When a person dies from a terminal illness…



Offering Condolences – Saying & Doing the Right Things

Note: Our etiquette tips, including Offering Condolences, have a broad application to many religious traditions; however, some religions and ethnicities have specific requirements or traditions of their own. For more information, see our Funeral Customs section. Acknowledging the Death One of the reasons why people are so uncomfortable at a wake or funeral is because […]


Writing Eulogies

The eulogy is usually the most personal part of a funeral service because it acknowledges the uniqueness of the deceased and his or her meaning to others.


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