Reverend Jacqueline Lasahn: Personal, meaningful, heartfelt ceremonies



Poems & Readings

The following are only a few examples of poems and readings that can be used for weddings and memorials. I will gladly send you additional selections from my collection. While the samples below are varied, we will work together to ensure that your ceremony reflects your beliefs.


For Weddings

Poems & Readings - Pollen Halo"For one human being to love another human being:

That is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us,


the ultimate task, the final test and proof,

the work for which all other work is preparation…"

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"Follow your hearts. They are clear in intent. They are able to grow to hold the whole universe. Real love is big enough to hold all your needs and feelings, your secret and silent journeys that you offer in ceremony to the other. You will be asked to hold many universes, to stand naked before the world in your power, in a compassionate and forgiving way, to allow the innocence of your most personal moments to flow

out and around you the way a waterfall feeds the sea.
Stay in the moment..."read complete passage »


"In out of the way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge..." read complete passage »


"I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times…

In life after life, in age after age, forever.

My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,

That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,

In life after life, in age after age, forever..." read complete passage »


"Man and woman are like the earth, that brings forth flowers

in summer, and love, but underneath is rock.

Older than flowers, older than ferns, older than foraminiferae,

older than plasm altogether is the soul underneath..." read complete passage »


For Memorials

"For too brief a time in the universe the veil was lifted. The mysterious became known. Questions met answers somewhere behind the stars. Furrowed brows were smoothed and eyelids closed over long unblinking stares..." read complete passage »


"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow..."
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"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where this is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith..." read complete passage »


Poems & Readings - Late Summer Sky"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come..."
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"Our revels are now ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air...
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