I understand how daunting the task of arranging a funeral can be – I too have lost loved ones, and perhaps the most difficult – and rewarding – funeral I have experienced is that of my own mum. I think it was a ceremony that did her proud, and I like to try and offer that same gift to others going through their own bereavement.
It is my hope that as we work together you will feel supported while talking about your loved one, as we create together a ceremony that honours their lives in a very personalised way.
I will take the time to listen to you and your family/friends while you talk about your loved one and I can get a sense of beginning to know the person who has died. This process often brings up smiles and laughter as fond memories and funny tales are recounted, and these often form important parts of the ceremony when it is wanted.
The ceremony can be whatever you want it to be. It is an opportunity for a gathering together of all those who wish to celebrate the very important life of your loved one, in whatever way is most fitting. These are often poignant, sometimes funny, and always very personal – it is really about remembering and truly honouring the unique life that was lived, and the ripples they leave behind with all those gathered.
It is also becoming more common for people who have been diagnosed with terminal illness to make their own funeral arrangements. This involves meeting on two or three occasions to talk about what is most important and meaningful for you, and together we plan and create your ceremony. This can bring tremendous peace of mind, and often forms an important part of the process of accepting the reality of what is happening, while bringing some comfort and reassurance to the whole family.
Please get in touch to discuss your needs and explore the possibilities.