Category Archives for "Funerals"

January 11, 2021

A Ceremony to Remember

I had the honour of conducting a service for a gentleman who had been a very big part of many people’s lives. He was the owner and head chef of a Thai restaurant. His family wanted a ceremony that would include his Buddhist belief system and be accessible to the rest of his family, including […]

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September 25, 2020

Say it with Hops

Say it with Flowers is perhaps an overused phrase nowadays; in the funeral world flowers really do speak words. I read (in Creative Review) that the Say it with Flowers slogan was created in the US back in 1917 by the Florists’ Telegraph Delivery Association (FTD). “As the FTD went global (the UK equivalent, Interflora, […]

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August 23, 2020

Reflections of a Celebrant

As we approach a new school year, I thought it was time to look back over the last. I started work as a Celebrant over a year ago and I’m relieved to note that I no longer have that first funeral feeling – like a new pupil turning up wearing the wrong uniform, wondering if […]

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July 22, 2020

The Final Journey

I took two funerals in June, where the deceased’s final journey was by horse-drawn hearse. The horses were so calm, controlled and seemingly ‘bomb-proof’ with their elegant ostrich plumes. The hearse itself was so finely polished and beautifully maintained. It is a stately way to arrive at one’s final destination. This is a brief post […]

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May 22, 2020

Remembrance Cake

“Rosemary is an herb that has long been associated with remembrance and death. Since ancient Roman times when the herb was used in burial rites for this reason, to several accounts of funerals in England where mourners traditionally tossed bouquets of rosemary on top of coffins. In this respect, rosemary is probably best associated with […]

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April 20, 2020

Death in the time of Coronavirus

The world has been turned upside down by the Covid 19 Pandemic. It has impacted our lives and has dramatically altered how I work in the funeral business. The process of dying and death often appears to be veiled, but dealing with it during the time of Coronavirus adds another level of distress. I thought […]

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