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Poems and Readings for Funerals [Paperback]

Julia Watson
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Book Description

1 April 2004
As more and more secular funerals are taking place, there is a need for appropriate texts. The Poet Laureate spoke recently of the importance of 'epitaphs' for people: poems or songs which commemorate their lives. Actress Julia Watson, married to the poet David Harsent, was confronted with the issue when her father died, and the result is this inspiring collection of 70 poems and prose extracts suitable for reading at funerals and celebrations of a life. The selections range from Shakespeare to Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Nation, from Christina Rossetti to St Francis of Assissi, and included are some very short pieces which could be printed on an order of service.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141014962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014968
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julia Watson was born in south Wales, and read English and Drama at Exeter University. She plays Dr Baz in Casualty, a series she has worked in since the beginning. She is married to the poet David Harsent, and they live with their daughter in Barnes, south-west London.

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Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful little book 5 April 2010
Format:Paperback
I am a Vicar who takes lots of funerals and I take this book out with me on my bereavement calls in order to help the bereaved choose something that means a lot to them for the actual service.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celebrants Saviour 1 Nov 2010
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As the title suggests, this book is a wonderful help for any Celebrant or Humanist in any country and it has already helped me and saved me lots of time trying to find the right words at ceremonies. I am a busy Celebrant here in Melbourne, Australia and I have had comments from members of the Congregation about wanting to get copies of the various verses I say during the respective services. Highly recommend to anyone who needs a quick but very good reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good collection 15 April 2011
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Wife wanted a collection - and it's a very good one for the task. Not light reading, but if you need a suitable poem - it has most of the obvious ones - and many you've never seen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poems for Funerals Julia Watson. 14 Jan 2010
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This book is going to be really useful with some very appropriate readings for funerals but how can a Ronnie Barker fan read a poem at a funeral called "Four Candles"? (page 40)
Really!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Variety of funeral poems 23 Aug 2013
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This book contains a good variety of funeral poems, some traditional and others more contemporary, and many with a non-religious theme. It includes some more famous verses but also quite a few which I had not come across before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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good buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insperation at your fingertips 12 May 2014
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How many times are you unable to find the right words to suit the occasion? No more, this book provides such wonderful verses.
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