A man wearing a black suit stands in front of a coffin during a funeral ceremony. He is performing a reading and holds an open book.

Funeral Poems and Readings

Poems and readings can be a meaningful part of a humanist funeral or memorial service. Here are some short extracts read by celebrants.

Funeral Poems and Readings
Wooden bench in a park with "in loving memory" engraved

Humanist memorial service

A humanist memorial service is a non-religious ceremony to commemorate and say goodbye to a loved one who has passed away. Like humanist funerals, they are very personalised, placing the person at the heart of it and with a focus on the ceremony as a celebration of the life.

Humanist memorial service
A colourful coffin within a woodland with colourful flowers on top

A humanist funeral

As humanists, we believe that we have one life and that we have a responsibility to ourselves, our fellow living beings and the earth to live that life as best we can. That means trying to be respectful, tolerant and…

A humanist funeral