These poems, readings and blessings would be useful to family members engaged in the act of preparing the deceased's body. If it is just taking a washcloth to their hands or a comb to their hair, please consider making this final, loving act. MAKING READY are prayers and poems to prepare yourself and the room to attend to your loved one. WASHING AND DRESSING are readings to signify that you are about to minister to the final care of a human being. Find ceremony templates here.