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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (20 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316725994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316725996
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most comprehensive of these anthologies perceptively looks two ways at once. As well as offering a wide-ranging selection of readings, Sally Emerson's In Loving Memory offers a whole section of hymns, prayers and readings - presumably in recognition of the fact that even in this secular age people's hearts move to ancient blood-rhythms, suspecting that "on the stroke of midnight God shall win". (Bel Mooney, The Times)

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A collection of poetry and readings suitable for funerals, to comfort, console, but also to celebrate.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. Horner VINE VOICE on 28 May 2004
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Sally Emerson has done a great service here for thousands of people. Seeking the right words for a card, letter or speech after the death of a friend or loved one can prove an insurmountable task. Speaking from experience, and having sat for an eternity with a blank sheet of paper, or some meaningless scribbles, this book is exactly what is required. Emerson has collected 200 poems and writings to cover all occasions. The book is divided into sections (Rage, Grief, Parting, Missing, Remembering, Thanksgiving, Facing Eternity, Seeing the Pattern, Inspiration, Love’s Power, Finding Peace, Hymns Prayers & Readings) and is indexed by author and first lines. It contains a diversity of sources from Shakespeare to Churchill, The Bible to The Bhagavad Gita and Joan Baez to Rupert Brooke. You don’t have to copy anything from the book in your time of need, but it will inspire you and may help the right words to drop into place. I bought this book, not just to have around when a death occurred, but for the inspirational passages and the sheer joy of reading the thoughts of others. To me this is a coffee table book full of love and encouragement and I recommend it to everyone.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2004
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This book is extremely useful when organising a funeral. It is difficult at times to put into words how you feel about someone when they have just passed away. I found this very thought provoking and an emotional crutch at a difficult time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By petra on 26 Jan. 2011
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'In Loving Memory is a true inspiration'. As an artist relies on good tools to build a mosaic of life - this book offers many options to share and help create a comforting moasic in times of need. 'In Loving Memory reminds just how many ways there are to remember and is such a well put together selection of words to give comfort, hope, solace in the often turbulent waters of grief. A fantastic accomplishment of depth, thoughtfullness in its presentation and insight and compassion. Revd. Haynes
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gosforth Girl on 7 Dec. 2010
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I gave this book as a gift to my Dad on the first anniversary of my Mum's death. We both found the peoms very touching and helped us reflect on our feelings over the past year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on 30 May 2011
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..Expecting a sombre service, I and others found it joyful. One of the pieces of poetry that was read came from this lovely book.
Something to suit everyone, and a good buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Darkin on 25 Aug. 2009
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Well selected and wide-ranging anthology. This book could well offer help in times of bereavement or grief, or indeed, just getting by.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rita on 24 Dec. 2010
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Keep this by your side and you will never feel that you are taking too long to grieve. The world moves on, and we who grieve are rooted in the past, longing for our reality to be a dream from which we wake to discover all is as it was, and we haven't lost a loved one.
This beautiful book will help you as you begin your journey back to life.
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I had previously bought a copy of this when I found it in a bargain book store and fell in love with it immediately. The diversity and beauty of the poetry and prose is fantastic and the standard of writing, high. For anyone with a love of literature and an appreciation for thought-provoking musings, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you happen to be bereft as well, then this book offers tremendous comfort, reassurance, and many opportunities for reflecting on one's own experience of loss. I gifted my copy of this book to a friend whose only child died suddenly and unexpectedly in his early 30's. She had been stuck in her grief for a long time when I decided to give it to her. She found it so life-changing that she keeps it permanently beside her bed to read every day. Her husband, also bereft, loved it so much, too, that I bought him a present of it for himself and I have since replaced my own copy.
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