Funerals are a very emotionally challenging time for the people close to the deceased. Memories of the one who has passed away often flash in mind bringing alive the sorrow afresh. Under such a demanding state, it is very hard to stand up and speak about the deceased person without giving in to the urge to let a few tears free. Making funeral readings are demanding indeed. Apart from the obvious emotional plight, people also wish to make sure that their funeral readings are a fitting testimony to the departed soul and do justice to the love and affection they hold for their loved person. They wish to make their last goodbye worthy enough of being called so.
When you lose someone so close to you it is not easy to think clearly and speak about things which mark their life the best. When emotions are on a high, reading something touching, beautiful and most importantly sensible, uplifts the spirits of those who are grieving the unfortunate loss. The readings have a great positive effect which helps the bereaved to cope with the loss. An ode for the deceased makes for great funeral reading. Realizing this, publishers have released books with collections of poems that can be read on such occasions. The poems are those written by prominent poets who have a deep insight of the human nature and express human solace very beautifully in words.
Funeral service readings are also from religious scriptures like the bible. They are rich in philosophical knowledge and provide comfort for those who are grieving the departure. Being religious, they are also quickly and widely acceptable by people and they see strength and an uplifting feeling in themselves which helps them to get over the loss sooner. Some people prefer to write their own funeral readings and not depend on any literature or person. This is also a great way as the words are personal and there is a kind of intimacy and warmth, which provides a lot of comfort to others as well.
Most catholic funeral readings are highly religious and are read in three parts. The first reading is from the Old Testament of the bible. The second reading also comes from the same religious scripture but the New Testament is read as the second reading. The first two readings can be done by a member of the family or a person appointed by the church. The third of the funeral readings however is generally made by the priest. The priest usually reads one of the Gospels of the New Testament. The favorite catholic funeral readings come from the New Testament. Parts from the Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Wisdom, Romans, Corinthians and Thessalonians are amongst the few favorites.