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Many people don’t know what they believe - but they don’t want to close the door on the possibility of life after death or some form of spirit.
The following is an outline of a spiritual funeral that is suitable.
We meet here today to celebrate/honor/pay tribute to the life of (name of the deceased). To give thanks for her life and the experiences that we shared - and to bless her (wish her well) now that our time together is over.
All the faiths of the World speak of another life after death. We do not know what it is but we can hold on to the hope, the belief or the knowledge of peace, rest, fulfillment and of people being reunited in love.
For (name of the deceased), the journey is beginning, but for us, there is loss, grief and pain. Every one of us here has had our life touched - perhaps in the tiniest way, or perhaps totally transformed - by (name of deceased's) existence. We would not be here otherwise. Her life mattered.
It is important for us to acknowledge and accept that something fundamental has changed with her going. Life will not be the same - and life should not be the same.
Members of (name of the deceased's) family will be telling us more about her life but first let us sing together (or listen to) a hymn or song that she loved.
Outline of (name of the deceased's) life and readings that she loved from Celebrant, family and friends.
The death of each of us is in the order of things; it follows life as surely as night follows day. We can take the Tree of Life as a symbol. The human race is the trunk and branches of this tree and individual men and women are the leaves, which appear one season, flourish for a summer and then die.
But while we live we are conscious of the Tree’s flowing sap and steadfast strength. We are a part too of the whole - the collective consciousness of humanity - and every one of us makes a unique contribution, be it never so small.
The physical reality of (name) has gone but the Tree remains and it is the greater because of her life - and her death. So it shall be for us also. While we are here, our task is to live our life fully, to seek happiness and to love each other.
Silent meditation can be observed instead or as well - and favorite readings or prayers inserted here. Eternal God,
We pray for ourselves and for (name of the deceased)
We stand where Earth and Heaven meet,
Where life is brought to death
Deliver us from grief, fear and doubt,
From despair and unbelief,
And bring us to the light of your presence.
Grant us that peace which the world cannot give
So that we, with (name of the deceased) may trust in you
And find our life through you.
Lord, you renew the face of the Earth,
Gather to yourself (name of the deceased) whom we have loved,
And grant her those things
Which eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor the human heart imagined.
Great Father-Mother God,
Watch over us this day - and all days.
Give us the strength to accept what is past,
To appreciate what is present
And to look forward to good in our future.
Grant us peace; sacred moments of communion with the Universe
And faith - in whatever most expresses our deepest inner truth.
Bless us and heal us; breathe peace and grace into our lives
(Name of the deceased) is safe. She is already through the barrier and free to another reality to experience whatever joy awaits her there but, for us, it is important to say this final farewell to her body as we commit it to its natural end
(Name of the Deceased), we bless you (wish you well) and thank you for being a part of our life. We honor your life on Earth and we pray (wish) for your peace ever-after. We will not forget you. Go well.
We have been remembering with love and gratitude a life that was important - and honoring life itself.
‘What can I do to mark this moment?’ you may ask. You can help, support and love those who remain. You can allow them to cry; to grieve; to laugh and to remember. Grief takes its own time to work itself through but it is easier with friends who allow it to be what it needs to be.
You can honor your own feelings; maybe today - maybe in six months’ time.
And you can bless each day that you live and live it to the full in honor of life itself - and of (name of the deceased). We take life so very much for granted but it is the greatest gift we have.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
So then, go in peace, and the God of all peace go with you. Amen
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