In The Presence Of Death - Rodney Murphy
A Non Religious Funeral Reading
In the presence of death we stand awkward, and ill at ease;
For death is a well-known stranger whom we recognise, but do not wish to know;
But death is not a thing in itself, but a stage in the journey of life, through which all must pass.
It may come swiftly and catch us unawares, or slowly with leaden feet; but death comes to all who live, and in so doing heightens the understanding of the one we know.