All funerals are different, so it’s important to find funeral readings that are appropriate for the service. For tributes, Melanie recommends writing about “things that mean something to you — whether it’s a personal memory, an anecdote, gratitude, or acknowledging somebody’s courage in the face of a long illness.” Family gatherings, holidays and first meetings are all good starting points for a funeral speech. I want no rites in a gloom filled room Be not like others sore undone, I weak and helpless long did lay, The green beast of the hummingbird;the eye of the pond;the wet face of the lily;the bright, puckered knee of the broken oak;the red tulip of the fox’s mouth;the up-swing, the down-pour, the frayed sleeve of the first snow—, so the gods shake us from our sleep.~ Mary Oliver, ‘The sun never says to the earth, “you owe me”.Look what happens with a love like that,It lights up the sky.’, The Laughing Heartyour life is your lifedon’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.be on the watch.there are ways out.there is a light somewhere.it may not be much light butit beats the darkness.be on the watch.the gods will offer you chances.know them.take them.you can’t beat death butyou can beat death in life, sometimes.and the more often you learn to do it,the more light there will be.your life is your life.know it while you have it.you are marvelousthe gods wait to delightin you.~ Charles Bukowski, What I spent I had,What I saved I lost,What I gave I have.~ Old German Motto, Unburn the boat, rebuild the bridge,Reconsecrate the sacrilege,Unspill the milk, decry the tears,Turn back the clock, relive the yearsReplace the smoke inside the fire,Unite fulfilment with desire,Undo the done, gainsay the said,Revitalise the buried dead,Revoke the penalty and the clause,Reconstitute unwritten laws,Repair the heart, untie the tongue,Change faithless old to hopeful young,Inure the body to diseaseAnd help me to forget you please.~ Duncan Forbes. Not a lifetime of sadness, but a lot of joy (and parties!) Fear no more the frown o’ the great, Thou art past the tyrants stoke; Care no more to clothe and eat; To thee the reed is as the oak; The sceptre, learning, physic, must All follow this, and come to dust. And I’ve got to understand He never made a fortune, or a noise Generally, it’s a great way to teach the congregation in which existence belongs to God and, therefore, everyone ought to be thankful for most things that occur.

That is why I can offer 250 poems and advice on eulogies. I am with you still in each new dawn.

Do not go gentle into that good night, “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again.

And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.



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