End of Life Resources

Poetry for Saying Goodbye

This poetry is suitable for funeral or memorial services or any Celebration of Life ceremony.
Feel free to change the gender or a word or two to make it fit your situation.  Please remember to acknowledge the source if it is printed.

All poetry is taken from Creative Ideas for Funeral Services by Joan Tessier. (Click on book title to purchase book.)

To view poetry please click here.


Symbols and Rituals

It is often helpful to have a symbol that represents our loved one’s life as part of the Celebration of Life ceremony or funeral/memorial service.  I have discovered that these symbols can be a very powerful outlet for grief and letting go if they are incorporated into a ritual.  This ritual could be during the service itself or at the graveside.

The following are some symbols and rituals that come to mind – some I have tried, some not, and some have come from funerals I have attended or from talking talking with colleagues or friends.  The rituals included here are meant to simply be starting points only as you let your own creativity flow to make each symbol and each ritual fit the life of the deceased.  They can also be used as is.

All symbols and rituals are taken from Creative Ideas for Funeral Services by Joan Tessier. (Click on book title to purchase book.)

To view Symbols and Rituals please click here.

 

Books

Creative Ideas for Funeral Services

 

My Journey Through Grief, A Helpful Guide for YOUR Grief Journey