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“Identity is the crucial issue of our time. We cannot inherit it, we have to make it. In that sense we do indeed construct our reality."
Funerals: Story Starters
Funerals: Story Starters
Last words of the dying King Arthur
This powerful piece of Victorian poetry from Idylls of the King, by Tennyson, captures the last words of the dying King Arthur. It recognizes change, faith, the power of prayer, and remembrance.
Recalling, remembering, and reciting names of other family and friends
One death triggers memories of other deaths, particularly family members and close friends of the deceased and the survivors who have also died.
The blessing of memory
It is hard to sing of oneness when our world is not complete.
We do best homage to our dead when we live our lives most fully,
This prayer, from the Jewish tradition, could work as a broad outline for a funeral homily.
Christian mysteries that we can rejoice and mourn
Beloved, as the World sees, this is to behave in a strange fashion.
Not being content to be just a movie star.
Limit his golf game to nine holes
General George Patton
Celebrating those heroic souls
Coach Vince Lombardi
We didn't lose the game...
I have not failed...
Sir Winston Churchill
Ready to meet his Maker...
Comedian Del Close
The funniest person in the room
Death can be sweet...
Voltaire - Renouncing Satan
No time for making enemies...
Waking from a troubled dream
C. S. Lewis
Charles II, the King of England
The light of life goes out reluctantly
Pope John Paul II
Meeting death at home
Giving death a whirl
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C)
by Father Larry Janowski O.F.M.
THE WIDOW of one of my best friends calls regularly to tell me how much she misses him, and inevitably she will break down in tears.
The good listener ( Mary the Mother of God, Cycle B ) 2 of 3
by Patrice J. Tuohy
In the past few years I've been to more funerals than I care to count as my parents' generation crosses the threshold into all that is unseen.
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