During a memorial or funeral service, you may want to include funeral readings in the form of in loving memory poems. Generally there are no more than a few readings throughout the course of the service but depending on the type of funeral reading you want to include, it may be acceptable to have more than a few read.
A funeral poem reading can be in the form of a biblical selection, poem, or even short written work by the deceased or a friend. There are many possible biblical selections for reading a funeral or memorial service. The book of Psalms and Proverbs offers a good selection for verses with in loving memory themes.
Many people find their most profound feelings expressed through poetry. Poetry is a lot of things to a lot of people. It can tap into our emotions with beautifully orchestrated words. There are many public domain poems that are appropriate for use in the loving memory verses.
These types of verses have themes of grief, express of gratitude, hope, and reflection. Feelings for the death of a friend, mother, father, and grandparents can be found within these types of poetic verses.
Often you may find searching through poetry can be time consuming if they are not properly indexed by themes. There are some websites that index by theme and these may prove to be more helpful.
The poetry themes suitable for in loving memory poems are Grief and Loss, The Cycle of Life, Love is Forever, The Dead Live On, Death is a Journey, Death Brings Peace, Guilt, and Life Celebration.
The Grief and Loss poems offers poetry that deals with feelings of grief during a loss of a loved one. The Cycle of Life encompasses words that relate to the birth and death cycle of life for humans and those who live on the earth.
Love is Forever themes offer poetry that relates to the love one feels for their loved one and how the love will remain forever in their hearts. The Dead Live On Themes focus on life after death and eternal life.
Death is a Journey themed poetry illuminates the path to death and the walk to the last days of the deceased. The theme for Death Brings Peace offers and projects the deceased and resting in peace and lying in sweet slumber. There are also poems that have a theme for Guilt in which the family member may experience a sort of guilt for their passing.
Poems with a Life Celebration theme celebrate the deceased life with accounts of certain milestones.