Flowers and Pebbles

Such moving words as we celebrated the life of this lovely man.

They both regarded this time as their “Happy laughter years”.  As they both  loved their garden, they would bring back plants and pebbles back from their trips and he would place them in the garden for them to admire and reminisce about their holidays.  There was always so much laughter as they scrambled over beaches collecting the chosen stones.

His partner wrote these words:ce1dcbf8376bf8e552af9b5364fceedd

From the beginning to the end I could not have wished for it better. Sarah even took me up the few steps to place a flower on the coffin and then she helped me back again.  The celebrant was very good right to the end and I have told so many people how good it all was that, when my time of leaving this world, I told my son that I want the same celebrant, Sarah, to do my funeral.

So many memories and so much laughter.

Glad That I Live

We raised the roof with this glorious hymn at the Crematorium as we celebrated the life of a local lady who was nearly 90 years old.  Her daughter wrote these words:

I was very happy with the service the celebrant provided, both in coming to our home and the actual funeral.  I had not had to arrange a funeral before and was very grateful for the help she gave me.



Glad That I Live 

Glad that I live am I;
That the sky is blue;
Glad for the country lanes,
And the fall of dew.

After the sun, the rain,
After the rain the sun;
This is the way of life,
Till the work be done.

All that we need to do,
Be we low or high,
Is to see that we grow,
Nearer to God on high.

Goodbye Grandad

I was proud to perform the funeral of a very popular local man recently. The Chapel was full and the memories shared afterwards were full of humour and warmth.  I received this thank you card today from his wife.

Dear Sarah

My sincere and heartfelt thanks for such a beautiful service you gave for my beloved husband.  Our relatives and friends were deeply touched.

The grandchildren chose this lovely poem for their beloved grandad:


Poem: Goodbye Grandad

So heaven has received another angel

The night sky another star

Your life has become a loving memory

I know you will never be far.

I know you are watching over me

As my life goes on

I will treasure the memories I have of you

I cant believe you’re gone.

You were a loving caring grandad 

You were there for me a lot

You will always hold a place in my heart

A loving treasured spot.

You were really one in a million

A cut above the rest

All that knew you would agree 

You simply were the best.

So grandad I will say goodbye

I love and miss you with all my heart

But as long as I have my loving memories

We will never be too far apart.

Sarah Harrison

Autumn Leaves

A windy wet day for the ceremony of a popular man took place in Exeter Crematorium.  If you have never heard Eva Cassidy sing Autumn Leaves please do so now.  It is one of the most moving songs I have heard.  His daughter wrote to me:

ec4e4c8dbfd4f6d6a16c1181f9f4f37c I did just want to thank you myself for the most wonderful service you gave for my dear Dad.
There was not a dry eye amongst our friends and family, many of whom said it was one of the loveliest services they had been to. So thank you for making our words heartfelt and extra special and for the beautiful poems you included. It could not have been more perfect and exactly
 what we had wanted.  They chose this poem to remember their beloved husband and father.


I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. 

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times, and laughing times, and bright and sunny days. 

I’d like tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun 

Of happy memories that I leave, when life is done. 



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