What better tribute can you give your
loved one than a personally prepared and
unique funeral and by working together we can
deliver a service befitting your loved one.
It is a privilege to be asked to conduct a service as people lead such interesting lives and it is a shame that we often only learn about the true person after they have died.
The ceremony is purposely crafted so that the life lives on in the memories and hearts of the ones left behind. Grieving family members are encouraged to express their own views and ideas and I see my role as being the orchestrator of the event... the person who ensures that everyone's needs and feelings are taken care of. Extensive resources are available offering suggestions for appropriate music, readings, poems and symbolic gestures.
If children are involved very careful consideration is given to their wishes, they are encouraged to participate in whatever way they feel they can. Quite often balloons can be released or petals scattered.
Most funeral ceremonies include a photo tribute these days. Usually 20-40 photos are sufficient. A favourite song plays in the background while the slide show runs. Most of the reputable funeral companies provide this service - it is better to have them do it for you although some families choose to prepare their own slide show. In addition I provide a nicely presented print copy of the ceremony and most funeral homes provide a DVD of the service.
These services are often held to allow friends and family members to pay respects to their loved ones who may have died overseas or interstate.
Scattering of the Ashes
Sometimes I am called upon a few weeks after a funeral ceremony to assist the family to scatter ashes or place them in the ground.
A small brief ceremony is usually held.
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love we once shared
Miss me, but let me go!
For this a journey we all must take
And each must go alone
It's all a part of the master's plan
A step on the road to home
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me, but let me go..
Thankyou - for your patience and support - I personally know Maurie would be most grateful for the sensitive, fun and delivery of his service. You certainly captured the essence of this man -
Again Thankyou Rhonda
My special thanks to Dianne Hall for the support you gave to me all through the week and the service was just perfect. Lesley
Thank you so much for a lovely send off for dad. We couldn't have asked for a better person to do it and really appreciate everything you have done for us . Mel & Ben