Funeral or memorial services are among the cremation services offered in Kettering, OH. Whether you are religious or spiritual or not, using the Bible in a funeral or memorial service can bring great comfort to you and your family and to the rest of the mourners it contains many encouraging, hope-filled, and comforting words that can bring solace and relief to everyone who is grieving the loss of your loved one. (All scriptures quoted here are from the New King James Version.)
One Bible scripture that is often read at funeral or memorial services is Revelation 21:3-4. It reads, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.'”
The promise from God that a time is coming when death, as well as the sorrow and crying and pain that is associated with death, will no longer happen is a great source of hope in grief.
Psalm 23 is also included in many funeral or memorial services: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
This promises that God is with us in life and in death (our own and those of our loved ones) and that we are never alone, even though we may feel like we are.
Understanding that death is one of the seasons of life and there is a time when it comes, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is frequently recited in funeral or memorial services. It reads, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
This reminds us that death, like birth, is a season, and there is a place for every season that we experience.
A most hopeful scripture is John 5:28, which gives us the words of Jesus Christ: “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice.”
This promises us that everyone who dies will live again, in a better place and a better time.