to say a last goodbye to a loved one
“Say not in grief that he or she is no more but say in thankfulness that he or she was. A death is not the extinguishing of a light,but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.“
A funeral hits us often when we are least able to contemplate organising one. It can be the most complex and disorientating experience, and for those nearest it often feels like a overwhelming task at a very emotional time. Funerals are for the living, they have an integral part to play in the process of grief. They help us begin to acknowledge the reality that someone in our life is no longer with us physically.
At times like these we often turn to family, friends and community. Together we remember the person who has died and share our memories with others. People who care about each other come together in an atmosphere of love and support, to express their inner thoughts and feelings. It’s an opportunity to mark the significance of the person’s life and find meaning and purpose in our continued living. To create hope for the future, even in the face of loss. A good funeral will help us to come to terms with our loss, and appreciate our life.
A civil celebrant will lift a the load from your grieving shoulders, by compassionately but professionally organising the wishes of the living and the departed to honour and respect the person who has died.
We care about delivering a meaningful, beautiful, personal ceremony that will comfort and bring healing to the living as well as eulogising and celebrating the departed; and it is very important to reflect the essential personality and life’s worth of a person, however difficult that may seem at times.
There are many ways in which we can do that, for example helping you to find the right words and the right music for your ceremony. If you would prefer, then we will write your own – thoughts, poetry, songs and music for you. Many people like to do a reading of their own, but are afraid that they may falter on the day, we offer a professional recording service so there is a back up to ensure that your words are heard in your voice.
We’re able to offer a very unique and personal service. We have a team of professional writers, singers and musicians, with many years of experience. So your final farewell is exactly as you want it. There’s nothing more moving than a live performance by a professional singer, whether it is a favourite or song, or one that has been specifically written for the occasion. Whatever you choose, we are here to stand by your side and offer our expertise, to guide and assist as you make your choices. Our aim is to leave you feeling that your ceremony was both dignified and uplifting, a true reflection of the life that was, but most of all meaningful to you and your family, and as unique as the person you are saying goodbye to.
Green Funerals are becoming more popular and currently account for about 8% of all burials although this is expected to increase significantly over the next few years as we become more environmentally aware. The process involves an unembalmed body in a biodegrable coffin usually made from cardboard or bamboo and then buried on a natural burial site where native species such as flowers and trees are used as memorials.
There are about 230 natural burial grounds spread across the UK from the Orkneys to East Sussex. Some are run by local authorities, others by charities or not-for-profit groups and diversifying landowners such as farmers. The nearest natural burial sites in Worcestershire and Warwickshire are Westall Park Natural Burial Ground Redditch Worcestershire B96 6JY, Nature Reserve Burial Grounds Ltd., 28 Roman Row, Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5PJ and there is also another called Woodland Burials –Baughton Worcester WR8 9LL
Civil Ceremonies can easily take place wherever you choose and the walk to your chosen natural site can be accompanied with music and poetry as part of the ceremony and reflect the natural order of life.