Death comes to all of us.
And yet, we can sometimes be utterly unprepared for it.
When someone dies, there is often an enormous shock. While there is life, there is hope. So even if someone has been very ill for a long time, still sometimes no-one has planned for this moment. And suddenly we are plunged into a period of intense activity.
A funeral can totally reflect the person whom we have lost. And it can be an opportunity to take a step on the path of healing from grief. I work closely with the family and friends to create a ceremony that feels right for those who are most closely bereaved.
Funerals have to happen very quickly. And many funeral services are very short, particularly if they take place in a Crematorium. Although at the funeral we honour the life of the person who has died, it can sometimes be too soon. We are still just too sad about the death. At a memorial service, there is more space for loved ones to reflect and share. And the Scattering of Ashes can be a wonderful opportunity to visit a favourite place and share memories.