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:

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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.

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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. 

Anon

 

Country House Wedding



ColAdam&Laura.MattAustin-363Laura and Adam’s wedding day at Muddifords Court Country House, Willand, Cullompton was glorious.  Laura walked down the aisle on her father’s arm to “Going To The Chapel Of Love” by the Dixie Cups and their vows were heartfelt and beautiful.  They brought a tear to the eyes oColAdam&Laura.MattAustin-572f all their family and friends.  After blessing their rings and lighting a candle as a symbol of their unity, Adam kissed his bride.  As Laura wrote to me:

 

                                                                                                                                                  “It was an absolute pleasure to have Sarah as part of our wedding day. As soon as we met her we knew she would do an excellent job and would guide us through giving us one less thing to worry about. Many of our guests commented on what a wonderful and refreshing service it was, so personalised for us. We really feel that Sarah’s input added something very special to our day.”

 

Wildflowers in Memory



I received a beautiful Thank you Card from a family I met recently after I performed the funeral ceremony for their mother at Newton Abbot Burial Ground:814033bc28fa40b4e8c22e70c734b79f

 

“Thank you so much for the lovely service.  It was much appreciated.  Friends at the funeral commented on how pleasant and moving it was.  The flower seeds you gave at the end have been scattered under a willow tree in Newton Abbot.  Once again – Thank you.”

 

I always give out bookmarks with paper hearts of wildflower seeds.  When you plant them, year after year the flowers will blossom in memory of your loved one.

Sharpham Green Burial



It was a cold, crisp sunny day late last year when we met at Sharpham House to celebrate the life of an amazing lady.   Her daughter read this heartfelt poem:

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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. 

Anon

We then made our way to the Burial ground to say goodbye as we listened to the birds sing and watch the sun sparkle on the River Dart as it wound its way past the vineyard.  Her family scattered rose petals on her wicker coffin in memory of all the love they had shared over the years.

Using a Funeral Celebrant helped us as a family to make the right decisions and choices for my mother’s funeral at a time when everything was overwhelming.

Sarah also gave us extra support at a very stressful time, for which I am truly grateful, and we were able to plan my mother’s funeral in a way that did not feel rushed or hasty.

Sarah helped to make the day a celebration of my mother’s life, which was exactly what my father wanted and my mother would have loved.  

We had lovely comments from friends and family about the venue, service (poetry and music), the natural burial ground and committal, lunch and sharing of memories – all of which Sarah guided us through.

With hindsight I would have involved Sarah much earlier on.

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