"When I Think of Death" by Maya Angelou and Henry Scott Holland's "Death is Nothing at All" are poems commonly read at funerals. "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann is another popular reading.
Readings at funerals often come from religious texts as well as popular literature. Psalm 23 from the Bible remains the most common reading at Christian funerals. Presenters frequently read hymns such as "All Things Bright and Beautiful" as poetry instead of singing them. Prose selections regularly originate in classic plays like "Macbeth," "The Tempest" and "Hamlet." Text selections for funerals usually have a bittersweet tone and celebrate the joy of life while acknowledging the pain of grief.