The loss of a family member or close friend can be a time of great sadness. It is both the final goodbye and also a source of comfort. But it can also be a very satisfying opportunity to appreciate a life that has ended and to celebrate how that life has contributed to the lives of those who are left.
I will work with you and your chosen Funeral Director to ensure that we deliver a ceremony that both honours the deceased and provides comfort for the bereaved.
A typical Order of Ceremony might include:
- Entry music
- Words of welcome
- Thoughts on life and death
- Tribute (a celebration of the life of the deceased to include other speakers and poems if you wish)
- Music for reflection (or silent reflection)
- Committal (closing of curtains or lowering of coffin or the coffin may remain if you wish)
- Closing words of comfort
- Exit music
Singing can bring people together in a most uplifting way and some families choose to sing an appropriate well-known song as part of the funeral. Many people are also accepting my offer of joining in with some words of farewell at the committal.
I will come to meet you and will spend up to two hours with you to find out what sort of ceremony is fitting for the person who has died and how the loved ones wish to say their farewells. At this meeting I aim to learn as much as I can about the person who has died so that I can write the tribute part of the ceremony, which I will email to you for checking. Wherever possible I like to include readings or memories from friends or family. I can also offer suggestions for readings and music.
If you would like to talk about planning a funeral, my contact details are on the right of this page.