If you are planning a ceremony for a believer following cremation services in Guilderland, NY, the following readings may be pertinent. Some of these readings may work for other forms of funerals. But we have particularly curated them for those looking to let go of their cremated loved ones. You may use these readings at any ceremony around the final disposition of cremated remains, such as life celebrations or memorials, scattering or graveside service, etc.
Heartening Bible Readings
1. Micah 7:7-9
The book of Micah tells us that all hope is not lost, not for the deceased or the mourner. That though it may look like the worst has happened, still, you will rise.
“Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” Amen.
2. Matthew 23:23
Another passage of hope, this verse derives from the parable of the bag of gold by Jesus Christ. Rest in His promise, and let positivity fill you as you read the master’s response.
“…‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
3. Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
Ecclesiastes discusses the essence of life and death and how they are a part of the cycle to be welcomed. You may be familiar with this passage from the third chapter.
As you grieve, take solace in these words, for indeed, “There is a time for everything. And a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot….”
4. John 5:24
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
If you ever need a reason to celebrate a loved one you’ve lost, how about the promise of eternal life? That you may one day see them again.
5. Psalm 121
Perhaps the one you lost was an anchor in this life, either a parent or a partner—someone who always protected, provided and was there for you.
While it may feel like you are now alone in this world, the word of God remains the same.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber.”
The Blessing of St. Francis of Assisi
You may close with these well-known words of comfort and peace by St. Francis of Assisi
The Lord bless you and keep you.
May He show His face to you and have mercy.
May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.
The Lord bless you!
Though it may not feel like it at the time, it is well with your soul. For more help putting together a funeral or cremation service in Guilderland, feel free to reach out to us anytime. You can call us today or visit our facility to chat more.