It can be hard to find the right words to say goodbye to a loved one at their funeral or service of remembrance. You may be struggling to write a eulogy during this difficult time. Readings can help you to express how much your loved one meant to you, without the added hardship of writing something yourself.
Extracts from literature are a popular medium of funeral readings to use. You might choose a paragraph, or even just a few sentences which sum up exactly what you need to say in order to honour your loved one. There are centuries of outstanding works by incredible writers which offer the perfect prose for just such a time. With so much choice, you can find the perfect extract to suit your needs.
There may be a particular book which is meaningful to you and the deceased, so you might choose a reading from that. You can also ask close friends and family to contribute quotes to a memorial page.
However, if you need some inspiration, we have a selection of the most popular funeral readings in literature, from classics to children’s books, so you can find something that reflects your loved one and your feelings towards them.
Extract from Fahrenheit 45 by Ray Bradbury
Extract from No Matter What By Debi Gliori
Extract from Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne
Extract from Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
Extract from The Tempest by William Shakespeare
“Roads Go Ever On” from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
Extract from Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
Because there are so many extracts to be used as funeral readings, deciding on the right one can be difficult. To help narrow down your choices, consider the following questions.
Is the extract a favourite of the deceased?
Does the extract trigger memories of the deceased?
Will the extract illustrate a point about the deceased's personality or philosophy on life?