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Funerals & memorial services

A funeral or memorial service is the process of saying goodbye to a loved one after their death, honoring their legacy, and laying their body to rest through burial or cremation.

Funeral & memorial poems

Poetry has the power to describe the feelings that are hard to put into words. Some of the most beautiful verses ever penned have to do with death, dying, legacy, and remembrance. Perfect for honoring a life full of love, each poem connects to the reader in its own way. Poetry continues to be a common, popular choice for funeral and memorial services, and it's easy to see why.

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Funeral & memorial readings

Reading a special passage, quote, or poem at a funeral or memorial sets the tone for the service. Finding the right words to say isn't always easy, so it's helpful to borrow from the masters of language. The right funeral reading can come from your favorite book, a famous author, or anywhere that inspires you. Most importantly, it's a way to reflect on your loss and your loved one's legacy.

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Funeral & memorial songs

There are many aspects of funerals designed to bring the family peace and comfort in their time of mourning. For many, music is one of the best forms of togetherness and remembrance. Funeral songs are used to bridge the gaps between generations, connect cultures, and even honor someone's life. Whether you're choosing the perfect funeral song or exploring other culture's funeral music, there's a whole world to discover.

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All Articles about Funerals & memorial services

24 Short ‘In Loving Memory’ Poems for a Memorial Service

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

What Happens in a Chapel of Rest for a Funeral?

By Sherrie Johnson, BA in Liberal Studies

17 Ways People Respect the Dead All Over the World

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

Where Is President Theodore Roosevelt Buried?

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

How Christian Funerals Change Under COVID-19

By Breena Fain, BA in Journalism

How to Make a DIY Funeral Memory Book

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

How Jewish Funerals Have Changed Due to COVID-19

By John Byrne Barry, Bachelor's in Psychology and Social Work

How to Write an Elegy for Beginners: Step-By-Step

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

What Happens During a Torajan Funeral Ceremony?

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

Are You Supposed to Pay Priests for Last Rites?

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

13+ Popular Funeral Poems for Dad or Stepdad

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

Quaker Funerals: Service, Readings & Practices

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

What’s a Catafalque for a Casket? Definition + Purpose

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

What's a Hearse for a Coffin at a Funeral?

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

What Does 'Funeral Cortege' Mean? Definition + Examples

By Laura Leavitt, MA in Rhetoric and Composition

What’s a Mortuary or Morgue?

By Laura Leavitt, MA in Rhetoric and Composition