Funerals around the World – New Orleans



The New Orleans jazz funeral. The boisterous, jazz-tinged funeral procession is one of the well known images of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Fusing West African, French and African-American traditions, funerals in New Orleans strike a wonderful balance between joy and grief as mourners are lead by a marching band. The band plays sorrowful music at first, but once the body is buried, they shift to an upbeat note. Dancing is generally a part of the event, to commemorate the life of the deceased. Design your own funeral, your way.  Contact Sarah on 07870763304 for more information about Funeral Wishes.

Funeral Wishes



Planning your own funeral or memorial ceremony can provide peace-of-mind to you and your family. By planning your ceremony in advance you can design and specify the exact type of ceremony you’d like, so that your friends and family celebrate you as you wish.  By letting your family know how you’d like your funeral or memorial ceremony to be, they’ll have clarity about your final wishes during a difficult emotional time.  The more time spent planning a funeral, the more memorable the occasion will be. Share your views and advice…everyone’s funeral should be as special as their lives.

I will guide you through the whole process and then create a Funeral Wishes document for you to give to your Next of Kin.  This can include letters, photographs, poems, Memory Stick etc. to personalise your Funeral Wishes

Contact me on 07870763304 for more information

Living Ceremonies



When someone is born we celebrate their entrance into our world and our lives.  We feast and celebrate when a child is born.  We celebrate each year that passes with birthday parties, marking the annual ceremony of when someone’s life began.  Why should the end of life be any different, why focus on the negative aspect of a person leaving us when we should look back and celebrate all that they have accomplished?

Living Celebrations are becoming popular, often organised by hospices to increase the quality of life for the dying patient and to give support to the family.

They are also being organised by individuals who want to be present, and indeed to be the centre of attention, at the last celebration of their lives.  

They want to enjoy their own funeral and the opportunity it gives them to see for the last time their friends, relatives, former colleagues, neighbours, team mates and those whose lives have touched theirs.

It is a time to honour and appreciate the living.  Contact me on 07870763304 for more information.

Poppy Mai – Naming Ceremony



Family and friends met together to support this wonderful family as they celebrated at Exminster Golf Centre for Poppy Mai’s Naming Day.  We began by Lauren and Adrian lighting a candle for their daughter which they will keep and light on her birthday every year.

As her Parents, Grandparents and 6 Godparents came forward to make their promises to Poppy, they placed a pink rose into the vase on the table along with all of their hopes, best wishes and love for her.

After their promises they took a packet of poppy seeds to plant so that year after year the poppies will remind them all of their love for Poppy.

I asked all the guests:

Do you welcome Poppy into your lives and promise to support and encourage her in all she does? and they replied Yes we do

Poppy’ brothers Jayden and Kai read this beautiful poem to her

Poem: Our Smiling Little Sister

You are the little girl who smiles at me

The little girl who longs to see

Where all my toys are hidden away

You need them now it’s time to play.

The little girl who always smiles

The little girl who crawls for miles

You’re into things you shouldn’t be

Oh why can’t you sit quietly?

The little girl who chatters away

The little girl who has lots to say

I give you my promise that I’ll always care

As your big brothers and sister we’ll always be there

Joshua Molnar

A beautiful day for such a beautiful little girl.  To Poppy-  health, happiness and long life.

 

 

Bovey Castle Wedding



The wedding of Christina and Chris took place on Saturday at the beautiful Bovey Castle.  Guests arrived from as far away as Bermuda, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Scotland and USA.   The bride’s close friend  sang “How Long Will I love you” (Ellie Goulding) with the backing of a string quartet before the couple exchanged rings and said their own moving Vows to each other.
Photographer – Vicki Boulter – Devon Portfolio
I received a lovely email today:
I wanted to take the opportunity to say the warmest thank you to you for the lovely ceremony you wrote and conducted for us on Saturday. We had such a wonderful time and it was really emotional in all the right ways. 
I can’t begin to thank you for how special you made our day and we had so many lovely words from our guests about how beautiful the ceremony was. 
You will forever have a special place in our heart and I have attached a photo I think is beautiful of the three of us.
Love and regards
Chris and Stina

 

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