Words of comfort so nobody will be forgotten.


At Herbert Murray Funeral Directors we know that due to the current social distancing restrictions in place many of you are sadly not being able to attend funerals of those you love.

We want you to know that all though it may feel lonely for you, you are not alone in your grief.

To help you show each other how much you care, we have provided you with the a selection of poems and readings. We think it may be a nice opportunity for you to take a few moments when you know the funeral is taking place to select a poem or reading that is a fitting tribute for you and your family and friends. You can let the family know by phoning, facetiming or Skyping them to let them know what you chose to read and the reasons why. This will also give you the opportunity to chat about the person who has passed, we feel this will help you all to grieve.

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You can read and download printable PDF’s of the selection below:

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You are ever in my thoughts, though parted we must be,
Side by side we walk along the path of memory.
In the land of heart’s desire, we live and laugh and love.
The future bright before us, and a cloudless sky above.

I cannot hear your voice, or take your hand in mine today,
But none can rob me of my dreams, or take my hope away.
Our lives once closely linked together, now lie far apart.
But you are ever in my thoughts, and ever in my heart.

Patience Strong

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I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on his casket from beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of his birth, and spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth,
And now, only those who loved him know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard; are there things you would like to change?
For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what is true and real
And always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives like we have never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash,
Would you be proud of the things they say, about how your spent your dash?

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A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

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Feel no guilt in laughter, he’d know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to.
He’d hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that he is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever, locked safely within your heart.

Author unknown

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The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
To dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.

Helen Lowrie Marshall

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When I am gone, fear not to say my name
Nor speak of me in hushed tones
As though it were shame for me to die.
Let me figure in your daily life.

Speak of my loves and hates;
And how I used to talk a lot
This way I’ll be forever in your memory
Remember the good times:
Remember the laughter, not the tears
The loving, not the anger
The courage, not the pain
My beating heart is still
And I do not want anyone to be sad

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You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.