Funeral and Memorial Service Readings, Poems and Tributes

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Rachel R. Baum
McFarland, Aug 1, 1999 - Social Science - 183 pages
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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 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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Contents

CHAPTER TWO HE PLAYED THE GAME
15
CHAPTER FOUR THIS IS MY HEARTH
39
CHAPTER FIVE OUR HEARTS FRIEND
59
CHAPTER SEVEN HOME IS THE SAILOR
77
CHAPTER NINE BECAUSE HE LIVED
97
CHAPTER TEN WOMAN MUCH MISSED
107
Selected Resources
145
Film Novel and Famous Person Index
163
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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 Delmar, New York.

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