Palliative Care nurse Deb had organised a great day, including interesting speakers covering a range of topics. They really made you think about how we face our eventual fate, and which way you'd like to go.
I sang as an escort for the second speaker of the day, which was a surprise to her and a delight to the audience members as they awaited her arrival with the sound of song filling the corridors. I chose 'You raise me up' as the entrance song. This has proven to be a favourite funeral song with families, as its feeling of hope appeals to all.
With the sun shining down, I sang out on the gardens letting the sound of wonderful funeral songs fill the air. Many people followed me out into the gardens to hear and see me singing.
- Danny Boy
- Over the rainbow
- I'll be seeing you
- Bring me sunshine
- We'll gather lilacs in the spring again
- Do not stand at my grave and weep
- O mio babbino caro ( I was requested to sing it twice, it's nice have some opera fans too)
Fascinating speakers on death and funerals
- What is Soul Midwifery? by Lucy Wood, Soul Midwife & Artist
- How you can have a DIY funeral if you want one by Rosie Inman Cooke of The Natural Death Centre
- How you can help children in bereavement by Victoria Hussey of Simon Says Bereavement Charity
- Why have a Humanist funeral? by Lyn Heigl, Humanist Celebrant
There were a number of hands on experiences too including:
- coffin painting
- making Mexican sugar death masks
- a kick the bucket list
- memory ribbon tree
It was wonderful to catch up with Funeral Director Jonathan Terry and his lovely ladies: Ann, Debbie and Margaret. I've worked with Jonathan and his team often, and they are really nice people who genuinely care and are sympathetic to families wishes.
Had some lovely feed back too!
On a personal note I was really touched by the singer who sang in the garden, with patients and families listening. It was quite a spiritual experience.
Toni - What can I say? Brilliant .... thank you sooo much for coming over - everybody loved your singing and it brought a lot of goosebumps - in a good way! I loved the procession with Rosie!!