Funerals/Celebrating A Life
Funerals are undoubtedly sad and emotional occasions, but they can also be uplifting and cathartic. When I am asked to visit a bereaved family, I never know what amazing life story I might hear and, although the opening comment can be, “I don’t know what I can tell you”, after a short time, extraordinary and often inspirational details emerge and it is a privilege for me to talk about the person.
Sadly, I have also conducted several ceremonies for young adults, children and babies who have had less time to make their mark upon the wider world – but whose loss has such a profound impact upon the people who knew and loved them.
As always, the emphasis is on acknowledging the importance of each of their lives and the lasting memories they leave behind.
There is of course no religious content in the ceremony, so the time we have can be spent reflecting on the life and personality of the person we are there to remember.
I usually conduct ceremonies within a radius of around 30 miles of my home in Woodthorpe, Nottingham.
Funerals take place in a crematorium, cemetery or green burial ground, but the ceremony which precedes or follows can be held elsewhere if appropriate. An example would be a graveside ceremony for the immediate family followed by a much larger gathering in a hall or hotel. Similar venues would be used for memorial ceremonies.