War Veteran Remembered

A small funeral on a hot day in September of a man in his 90s who had been one of the first to land in Normandy on D Day 6th June 1944.  I spent a lovely couple of hours with his son talking about life and families.  A memorable day.

A brief note to thank you very much for the service you conducted for my father at Exeter yesterday. We were a very small congregation, but your words and delivery made the event feel personal and special to all of us, and you balanced the inevitable sadness of the day with some real warmth and some amusing touches. We all felt that you struck absolutely the right note of respect and affection; my father was not an easy person to please, but one of his grandchildren said afterwards: “Even Grandpa would have been pleased with that.”

Personally I’d also like to thank you for the kindness and tact that you showed me when we talked about my father. It was a helpful part of the whole grieving process.

 The nature of these events and the fact that we don’t have other family in the area means that our paths are unlikely to cross in future; but you made the day memorable for us, and we are grateful.

Wonderful Music

I performed a ceremony for a wonderful lady recently and her husband chose 5 pieces of music and a hymn.  He listened to each one and checked that all the words were correct then sent them to me to put in the Order of Ceremony.  As they meant so much to them both, everyone could then read the words when listening to the music.  It was a double slot at the Crematorium so there was no rush and I could read his beautiful tribute to his beloved wife.  Her daughter made all the 80 guests a sunflower to wear as it was her favourite flower.  The sun shone through the windows and reflected the bright yellow we were all wearing.  Truly an uplifting and glorious occasion.  Her family sent me this thank you:
We wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge “Thank You”, once again, for helping us to give Mum the celebration we felt she deserved and  would have chosen herself. Dad, myself, and my sisters, felt you conducted the service with great warmth and sensitivity and we also got many positive comments from other guests. 
This has been, as it is for so many, a momentous occasion for us and your contribution to helping ease us through the difficult process of the official “Farewell” has been significant and so gratefully received. 
We wish you all the best and know that other families will benefit from your kindness in the future. 
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