It was the Dalai Lama who said “My religion is simple; my religion is kindness” The best funerals offer that kindness plus love and support to the grieving process. It is the opportunity for family and friends to share memories and say goodbye to their loved one. Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed but always dear.
The death of someone you love can feel unbearably sad, triggering emotions which might be difficult to talk about. A funeral or memorial service is a chance to gather family and friends into a much-needed network of love and support.
Saying goodbye to a loved one is an incredibly personal process. As a celebrant, I create and conduct unique ceremonies which reflect the life lived. They’re an opportunity to honour someone with dignity, shared memories, and affection, whilst making that difficult final farewell.
There are many ways in which the passing of a loved one can be marked. A ceremony can be carefully created, guided by the wishes, values, and beliefs of both the family and their loved one. Nothing will be said during the ceremony that hasn’t been approved by you prior to the funeral.
As well as a ceremony held at the crematorium, some people wish to hold an extended celebrant ceremony elsewhere. Many crematoriums allow 30 minutes for a funeral service, which can limit the content, or type of service.
A celebration of life ceremony, or any other type of service, can be held anywhere. This could be at your home, or a particular favourite place. It gives family and friends the time and space they need to tell the story of the life lived. As a celebrant, I support families at a traumatic time in order to help this happen.