Fine Poets, the independent audio publishing company has produced a new CD called Poems for Funerals. It comes with a booklet and as a package is designed to help ordinary people create a unique and memorable funeral without drawing on the services of a traditional funera company. It features readings by Paul Kelly the singer-songwriter and actors Noni Hazlehurst and Jack Thompson. The CD has the following poems on it; |
POEMS FOR FUNERALS The 23rd Psalm Ecclesiastes 3 He is Gone She is Gone A Russian Lament The Beauty of Death (excerpt) On Death (excerpt) In Praise of a Man A Russian Lament Death Stands Above Me Whispering Low The Excursion (exceprt) A Traditional Gaelic Blessing Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Ecclesiastes 3 On Death (excerpt) Gone From My Sight I Strove With None The Beauty of Death The Ode (excerpt) Desiderata How Do I Love Thee It is No Small Thing Ithaca Garden of Prosperpine After All My Mind Remembers And When The Stream That Overflows Has Passed The Road Not Taken Traditional Indian Prayer So Many Different Lengths of Time Psalm 69 From A Letter To A Friend Impressions Unforgettable From Remembrance of Things Past The Reassurance Lady Heguri Blessed Are The Poor Remember Me(possibly not recorded)
The biblical readings on Poems for Funerals are taken from the King James Bible, and The Book of Common Prayer, all the others are either traditional poems from cultures other than our own or classic poetry from the likes of Brian Patten, Phillips Brookes, Marcel Proust, Thom Gunn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Wordsworth, Algernon Swinburne, Cafavy, Kahlil Gibran, Henry Van Dyke, Dylan Thomas Norman MacCaig, Robert Frost David Harkins and Walter Savage Landor.
Grief fills the mind and so it is best to be prepared as early as possible when the job of organising a funeral must be done. Here are some of the things to think about: Who will usher attendees into the church? They are often nervous about where to sit, wondering whether there is a right or wrong spot, but actually, what works best is to have everybody ushered in to the seats right down the front, so that for the chief speakers, the venue looks full- this also allows for latecomers to take a place without disturbing proceedings and you should ALWAYS count on more people turning up than you imaged.
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