Even before lockdown, the days of the stiff-upper lip and black veils were numbered. An independent Celebrant can offer you support to create a personal, dignified service with, or without religious elements.
Due to the pandemic, some restrictions are still in place at Crematoriums and Cemeteries and we must accept, adjust and adapt. So, let’s face the new normal, let’s be creative, find ways to express our grief, our admiration, our love. Let’s open those funeral doors to find ways to move forward to bring some comfort in a time of grief.
Make sure you research all your options and remember Funeral Directors differ widely in approach and cost. Make sure the music is
personal and it’s not unusual to have a Webcast of a service, a funeral photographer or an online Book of Condolence. Support a local florist or look at alternatives, paper flowers, or bunting to decorate the coffin. You may like to give ‘memorial bags’ which includes tissues, a photo or poem card, Forget-Me-Not seeds, a candle and perhaps the deceased favourite sweets. As you organise some of these elements you may find comfort and reassurance that you are doing all you can in tribute to your loved one.
One day, family and friends will be able to gather once more, at a memorial event or a celebration of life party and raise a glass. Make it an occasion to remember in honour of your loved one.
As your local community Celebrant, I can offer advice and create personal life ceremonies for Funerals, Memorials, Weddings & Naming Ceremonies.
Rebecca Lee-Wale, Independent Civil Celebrant | Tel: 07789001730