Selecting Scripture passages plays an important part in the planning of a Funeral Mass, for we know that God gives us the words to say when no words can be found. For this reason, the Word of God is at the heart of the funeral liturgy that we might view this experience of death in light of the resurrection of the body to come.
To make this easier for the family, the Catholic Church has pre-selected a number of Biblical passages which are appropriate for the occasion of a funeral. Please look over these passages as part of your funeral preparations, and select those readings which speak most to you in this time. You should select one Old Testament reading, and one New Testament reading.