The first was a humanist funeral entirely conducted by friends and family of the deceased, who stood up to pay tributes that were heart-felt and often unscripted. We sang items including opera and the traditional Molly Malone,
The second was a CofE service; plain, simple and all the more sincere for it. A lovely vicar, and one of our favourite crematorium organists playing, who understands that hymns need to keep moving but singers also need to breathe! Whilst many of the family members clearly didn't much feel like singing, they raised their voices with us and we all walked out into the late summer sunshine feeling a little better for a rousing version of Abide with Me.