and wash my body whence the life had died,
and in a winding-sheet of vine-leaf wrapt,
so bury me by some sweet garden side.
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
Some lovely feedback from a very happy daughter after her mother's funeral last week. They wanted to have her favourite arias sung: Si mi chiamano Mim from La Bohème and Un bel di from Madam Butterfly.
It was lovely to sing some opera in a wonderful chapel. The service was at Golder's Green Crematorium, the oldest in London, which had plaques in remembrance of many famous people who have been cremated there. It was a lovely heartfelt service with the sun shining.
I just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks for your beautiful performance of mums favourite arias yesterday at her funeral.
The service was beautiful and perfect because of what you delivered. It will be something so beautiful to hold onto at this very difficult time for us.
Thank you so very much.
I hope you got home safe and well yesterday and if you want a testimonial for your website please don’t hesitate to ask as you made it such a special day for mum and for us and for everyone in attendance.
Have you heard about TED talks? TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation, and their agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.
The talk I listed to recently certain does that. Judy MacDonald Johnston discusses 'preparing for a good end of life'. She herself recently helped two people prepare for and obtain the end of life they wanted.
Why not have a listen to the talk and have a browse around TED for other talks that may inspire you.
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