Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

'Iz' sings 'Over the Rainbow'

Israel Kamakawiwo`ole was a Hawaiian musician and a campaigner for native Hawaiian rights and Hawaiian independance. His most famous recording is this beautiful and original rendition of 'Over the Rainbow'. Iz died in 1997 aged 38 and towards the end of this video you can see footage of the scattering of his ashes from a traditional catamaran into [...] Read more

Hail and Farewell!

There is something very comforting about traditional language and using historical readings. It reminds us that some things remain the same as they always have been. Here the Roman poet Catullus writes a short poem about the death of his brother and his journey to pay his respects at the graveside. We feel his strong sense of the inadequacy and [...] Read more

"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" ~ The Walker Brothers

This great 1960s song was recorded by Franki Valli and by Cher but my favourite version is this one by The Walker Brothers.

Venetia Digby on her Deathbed

Perhaps a corpse was not such a terrible thing in days gone by. Sometimes when there was a death in the household a painter was called to record the scene. So it was when the beautiful 33 year old Venetia, wife of Sir Kenelm Digby was found dead by her servant one morning in 1633. The painter called was the Dutch Master Van Dyke. It was and is [...] Read more