Life’s final passage is a profound moment, and loss often requires us to dig deep as we respond to its call. Preparing a funeral or memorial service can seem an overwhelming task, at a difficult time. It is, as well, an opportunity. To actively engage with grief and to do the work of letting go, we must gift ourselves and our families and friends the time to acknowledge the loss, as we remember and call forth all that we loved.
A funeral or memorial service allows us to be in the presence of death, in whatever way is acceptable to us, so we can support one and other in the process of grieving.
It is also a time of celebration; a time to honour a unique life lived. A moment for storytelling, for music, for images that speak to the life we are meant to remember. Taking time to bring the spirit of our loved ones to life, in the presence of community, is the part of the healing path.
Thank you Barb…through your words and wisdom you have made me feel much more comfortable about death.
It is inevitable but it doesn’t have to be the end…our gifts to our children and to our grandchildren continue, as does follow through from great-grandparents, history etc.
As a non-denominational Celebrant, I take time to get to know you, to listen to your stories, and to your needs. I guide you through the process sensitively and compassionately, until you are satisfied with a service or ceremony that honours and reflects the one who has passed, as much as it supports and upholds the mourners.
I can’t thank you enough Barbara for the service you delivered and for the healing you gave to all of us. The time you spent with us recollecting was invaluable in our process. I had almost everyone at the funeral approach us and say it was the most memorable funeral that they have ever attended and I believe much of that is due to you. One relative said that you brought our mom into the room I know that was your intention. Thank you also for encouraging me to share my poetry. It was special to bring that to the family.