Ideal memorial verses include "Words are few, thoughts are deep, memories of you we will always keep," and "No longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts you're always there." Another option is "Today and tomorrow my whole life through I will always love and cherish you." Bible verses, such as John 14:27, Philippians 4:7 and Isaiah 41:10, discuss peace and strength during the time of death.
The achievements, personal interests and personal stories of the deceased may be used to select additional verses appropriate to the individual. Favorite songs lyrics, poems and psalms of the deceased are sometimes used. Bereavement verses are used in sympathy cards, memorial services and funerals to express respect of the deceased and give comfort to surviving family and friends. Some families print the verse on remembrance cards for funeral attendants to take home or select a person close to the decedent to read the verse during the service.
Memory boards or tables are used to honor individuals at memorial services. In addition to verses, loved ones place photos, mementos and items symbolizing the decedent's life and interests, such as military uniforms or hobby supplies, on the board or table. Along with sharing memories of the deceased, funeral attendants can write verses on memorial note cards and give them to the decedent's closest family members as gifts.