Funeral and Memorial Service Readings, Poems and Tributes

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Words can fail even the most articulate when called upon to speak at a loved one's funeral or memorial occasion. The bereaved desires to say something meaningful, yet services are often held so quickly that there is little time to find something appropriate at the library or bookstore.

This book is a collection of poetry and prose appropriate for reading at a funeral or memorial service. To assist the reader in finding a suitable passage, the book is divided into eleven ...

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Overview

Words can fail even the most articulate when called upon to speak at a loved one's funeral or memorial occasion. The bereaved desires to say something meaningful, yet services are often held so quickly that there is little time to find something appropriate at the library or bookstore.

This book is a collection of poetry and prose appropriate for reading at a funeral or memorial service. To assist the reader in finding a suitable passage, the book is divided into eleven chapters. There are tributes for mothers; fathers; children; spouses and soulmates; friends; siblings and other close relatives; soldiers and victims of war or violence; pets; and general readings appropriate for men, women, or any loved one. These selections will also prove helpful for clergy, counselors, and hospice, hospital, and funeral professionals. Appendices list resources and support organizations, and each selection is indexed by author, title, and first line. A special additional index references pieces by famous uses, such as in a film, novel, or celebrity's funeral, so readers can locate a passage they remember from its context.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A collection of poetry and prose appropriate for reading at a funeral or memorial service. There are tributes for mothers and fathers, children, spouses and soulmates, friends, siblings, soldiers, and pets, and general readings suitable for men, women, or any loved one. These selections will prove helpful for those who have lost a loved one, and for clergy, counselors, and hospice and funeral professionals. Appendices list resources and support organizations. Includes first-line, author, and title indexes, and an index that references pieces by famous uses, such as in a film, novel, or celebrity's funeral. The editor is affiliated with the Upper Hudson Library System. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
Public Library Quarterly
a collection of poetry and prose appropriate for reading at a funeral or memorial service. Recommended
Colorado Libraries
Baum's effort simplifies the task of finding appropriate poems and readings during an unusually stressful time and should be welcomed in any library
Reference & User Services Quarterly
gathers poetry and some prose from a wide variety of sources.... [The competition's] material is not presented with the same ease and convenience as in this volume...unique...very readable...nonsectarian and can be used in a variety of circumstances...a helpful addition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437290
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/14/2007
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 1,030,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel R. Baum was a librarian for 30 years, most recently as the assistant dean of the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany. She was president of the New York Library Association in 2007. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Chapter 1 Earth Is Your Mother 5
Tributes to Mothers
Chapter 2 He Played the Game 15
Tributes to Fathers
Chapter 3 Farewell, Fair Flower 21
Tributes to Children
Chapter 4 This Is My Hearth 39
Tributes to Soul Mates, Spouses and Lovers
Chapter 5 Our Heart's Friend 59
Tributes to Friends
Chapter 6 Those Who Walk with Me 71
Tributes to Sisters and Brothers
Chapter 7 Home Is the Sailor 77
Tributes to Soldiers
Chapter 8 The Spirit of Lovable Life 85
Tributes to Companion Animals and Pets
Chapter 9 Because He Lived 97
Tributes to Men
Chapter 10 Woman Much Missed 107
Tributes to Women
Chapter 11 I Cannot Forget You 116
General Tributes
Appendix A Selected Resources 145
Appendix B Selected Support Organizations 151
Credits 157
Film, Novel, and Famous Person Index 163
Title and First Line Index 165
Author Index 171
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