Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

From The Gardener's Almanac of John Evelyn 1669

I found these words after a long search for a good reading for the funeral of a keen gardener. We wanted something serious and dignified but not too sad, that reflected the labour and dedication he had put into his last years doing nothing less than creating a garden of great beauty. The words are all from John Evelyn's introductory dedication to [...] Read more

Time (for Katrina's Sundial)

A lovely short reading by the American writer Henry Van Dyke. People may remember that it was read at the funeral of Princess Diana by her sister. Van Dyke visited England at the turn of the century and later published a short account of a day's journey from Watchet to Bridgwater by horse and trap, admiring the Quantocks and the coastal villages [...] Read more

Dust if You Must

Really enjoyed this funny poem about life, death and housework. Home Truths I think. Dust if you must, but it might be better, to paint a picture or write a letter, to bake a cake or plant a seed, to ponder the gap between want and need. Dust if you must, but theres not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books [...] Read more