I will assist you and your family
to create a funeral service as a fitting tribute to your loved one.
Many people choose to have
a simple hymn or two, and even a prayer (like the Lord's Prayer).
However, you wish a more secular tribute, we can replace the hymn
with CD music and the prayer with readings.
I have many readings for you
to browse through and I feel confident you will find one to suit
the celebration of life of your loved one.
Many people choose to hold
the ceremony at the chapel attached to their Funeral Director's
premises. In Ashburton, there are other alternatives, such as Trotts
Brantwood Chapel on Racecourse Road. You may also hold the service
in a garden, at your home, near a favourite lake or river. This
would be discussed with your Funeral Director.
Is Nothing At All
Death is nothing
I have only slipped away
into the next room.
I am I, and
you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we are still.
Call me by my
old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way
which you have always used.
Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was,
let it be spoken without effect,
without a trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all
that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was;
there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you. for an interval
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
All is well.
Canon Henry Scott-Holland
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