Including readings helps those attending the funeral to acknowledge the reality of the death and to move toward the pain of the loss. Religious funeral ceremonies typically contain a number of standard readings from the faith’s body of literature. Like secular ceremonies, they may also allow time for readings that in some way represent the person who died. Readings can be selected that capture the unique life and philosophies of the person who died. It is completely appropriate to inject humor if it is a true reflection of your loved one.