Guidelines surroundings funerals are constantly changing as we move through the pandemic. Due to social distancing rules crematorium are drastically reducing the number of mourners allowed to attend. This will of course make what is already a difficult time even more challenging.
There are however, ways to work through these challenges from live streaming of ceremonies to planning a memorial which can be held at a later date and in any location.
If you are beginning to plan a ceremony for a loved one, either a funeral now, in the midst of the current situation, a memorial for some weeks in the future or both – please get in touch with any queries or if you would just like to talk things through. Best wishes, James
When someone close to us dies their funeral is our chance to honour them and to celebrate their life, to share our memories and express our love and respect for them, and to say goodbye in a heartfelt and meaningful way.
For people who are not religious it is important that we celebrate each life with honesty, warmth and affection using words and music that are personal and appropriate.
Each ceremony should be as unique and special as the person being celebrated and so I would work closely with you , starting with a family meeting, to make sure I find out as much about the person and their life so that I can write a meaningful script in accordance with your wishes, that reflects back what you will have told me, and that truly commemorates the life lived. A script typically includes words of welcome, thoughts on life and death from a non-religious perspective, tributes, private reflection, poetry, readings, music, the committal or formal goodbye and closing words.