funeral servicesThe loss of a loved one can be the worst pain imaginable, leaving you feeling bereft and alone. One of the final gifts you give someone are funeral services that are a personal expression of their personality and what they enjoyed throughout their life. Helping others see your loved one through the lens of your love gives them a special way to say goodbye while remembering all that was wonderful about your dearly departed. A personal memento that you provide to memorial attendees can serve as a long-term reminder of a life well lived.

Prayer Cards for Funeral Services

A growing trend in funeral services is to provide a prayer or memorial card as a token to each attendee as a personal remembrance. These small cards can be customized with the image of the deceased on one side or another image showing something that was meaningful to them throughout their life with a special poem or prayer printed on the reverse. Memorial cards are a unique last memento that can be held in wallets or purses as a way to keep your loved one close to your heart even after they have passed. Your mind may be scattered when you have suffered a loss, making it difficult to bring just the right words to mind that will capture the spirit of your loved one. Fortunately, there are places on the Internet that have gathered hundreds of verses and prayers to serve as inspiration during this difficult time.

Prayer Example
For many, the most comforting part of funeral services are the verses that are read, as they bring comfort and peace knowing that a loved one is now safe and happy.

Safely Home
I am home in heaven, dear ones;
oh, so happy and so bright!
There is a perfect joy and
beauty in the everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
safely home in heaven at last.
There is work still waiting for you,
so you must not idly stand,
do it now, while life remaineth–
you shall rest in God’s own land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
oh, the rapture of that meeting
oh, the joy to see you come!

(from Memorial Prayer Cards)

Sympathy Quotes

If your or your loved one preferred brevity, you may consider including a sympathy quote instead of a longer verse or poem. These quotes can be used during funeral services as part of the memorial, for inclusion in the funeral programs, or used on condolence cards. Here are a few examples:

Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. ~Rossiter Worthington Raymond

While we’re mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.  ~John Taylor

A human life is a story told by God. ~Hans Christian Andersen

Customizing funeral services is a specialty of Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. Our caring and empathetic staff will assist you in designing a special tribute for your loved one.