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KrisMich
1.2.17, 9:05 PM
I have been asked to do a reading at my cousin's funeral on Friday. Do any of you know of a reading or poem that would be appropriate for a memorial service? I have looked online, but not many of them fit Larry. He was a good, hard working man who always went out of his way to help others. Honestly, he was the male equivalent to our Boo. Always caring for others before himself. If any of you have any suggestions, let me know. I know I'll find something, but I'm freaking out at the moment. I AM NOT fond of speaking in public, but I usually do fine.

Agent99
1.3.17, 9:01 AM
Here's a suggestion. Since you know Larry so well, find a quote or a line from a song that he liked that fits him. When I had to give a speech at my college graduation I used the lyrics from a song about how endings are really just new beginnings. If you know who Larry's favorite singer or group was - search their lyrics. Make it personal. Good luck. Let me know if you need any help. I'm good at finding song lyrics.

mtj
1.3.17, 10:26 AM
John O'Donohue was one of my favorite poets and scholars.
We lost him way too early in 2008 at age 52.
"Beloved" does not only refer to a spouse or partner, it refers to anyone who was loved.

On The Death Of The Beloved
~John O’Donohue

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of color.

The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.

Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.
Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was live, awake, complete.

We look towards each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
As close to us as we are to ourselves.

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul’s gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.
When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;

May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.

May you continue to inspire us:
To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.

KrisMich
1.3.17, 1:14 PM
Oh, thank you both. That is beautiful, mtj. And, Agent, I thought of song lyrics last night. I will think on this today. Thanks again for your help.

KrisMich
1.5.17, 1:07 PM
mtj, my family loves this piece and this is what I will read tomorrow. Thanks again! Also, his son is putting together a CD of his favorite songs which will be played as people enter.

Agent99
1.5.17, 3:59 PM
Great! Good luck.