The type of reading you choose depends partially upon the type of service you intend to have. If it’s a religious funeral service, it would be wise to consult with the clergy conducting the service. They can provide a list of readings that will suit your circumstances. Readings during a religious service are usually done at a specific time and your minister, pastor or priest will let you know about this.
If you’re planning a service in our chapel or in another venue you may wish to choose readings yourself. Celebrants are usually very helpful in providing a number of readings to choose from. You might have some of your own, or your deceased loved one’s, favourite verses, poems, song lyrics or quotations that would suit the occasion.
These can be read at any stage during the funeral, from the very beginning of the service to a grave-side reading at the end. Look for readings which have particular meaning for you and your loved one. You might like to write something yourself or perhaps ask a family member to do it. If you prefer, you don’t have to have any readings at all. The choice is entirely up to you.
If you’d like a few ideas, you can download our Words of Comfort book of readings.