What a diva has to say!
OMG! The M25 worked in both directions it took me an hour and a quarter there and better still only an hour and a half on my return just before 5pm, result!
What a wonderful memorial service, it made me think perhaps this is one of the best ways to do it so to speak. The deceased had been cremated previously in a small private service. This memorial service was arranged completely by the family and so they had less costs in funeral arrangements. The family produced their own personal order of services, flowers etc.
Whilst in the car today, I was musing on what a terrific job I have. I know funerals are not what many people like to think about, but I really see the value of the enjoyment I give, and that I get out of singing at them. Today is a good point in case.
The family is holding a memorial service for their mother, and they wanted to celebrate her 91 years of life with a special event. They wanted specific songs for the occasion, and so whilst driving the M25 I am humming along to some wonderful tunes.
This may seen like a contentious issue for some - but I think that it is an opportunity to embrace. As the world grows smaller, and families and friends find themselves living in many corners of the globe not everyone can attend a funeral in person. The opportunity to be a part of a funeral for a loved one at the time it is happening, via the Net, can bring a sense of closure for many bereaved people.
I know from personal experience how the mercy dash to a funeral can be demanding. There are many people with family commitments who simply cannot afford the financial and time costs that are required to travel across countries and continents to a funeral for a loved one.
At Singers for Funerals, one of the first questions we ask our fellow singers on their return from a service is, “What was the coffin like?”
Now, this may seem a rather odd question, but more and more we’ve seen the appearance of non-traditional coffins, and since we’re often standing beside them to sing, we notice these things. While most families opt for a traditional wooden casket, we have also seen some lovely alternatives including:
A rare treat for singer Kirsty recently, two funerals in two days with her favourite funeral organist Paul Burgoyne. Two very contrasting services too!
First, a RC mass in London where Kirsty led the hymns and sung various responses, while Paul conquered a rather reluctant piano that had no sustain. A sincere and heartfelt service with lovely family contributions, including readings and a song by the grandchildren.
Losing someone we love, whether a family member, partner or close friend is undoubtedly the saddest time in our life. However, it's also the time that you need to find the time and energy to organise their funeral service.
First, check whether your loved one has set aside their own wishes or provisions in their will or other documents. They may have also left instructions online with specialist funeral planning websites. They may have even pre-planned their funeral with an associated savings plan, which can help reduce or eliminate all costs. It also assists you in understanding the type of funeral services they desired so that you can make an appropriate choice for them.
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