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[Raw text from Scottish Ceremonies site. To be formatted/edited.]

For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.

Khalil Gibran

 

Death comes in so many different guises, as a gentle goodbye, a sudden catastrophe, a life taken too soon or the end of a long life, well lived, when sometimes, death can come as blessing and a release from suffering.

 

Those of us left behind, beset by grief and maybe shock, have to find ways to begin to say goodbye.

 

This why funerals are so important to the grieving process.  It is so important funerals are done well and reflect what the family needs.  Funerals mourn the loss of a human being but also celebrate life and humanity.

 

As an independent celebrant, I’m not bound by a strict adherence to atheist views, or any religious restrictions, although I do respect the views of those who hold them. I believe that people find comfort and strength from many places and belief systems, and my role is to give voice to these; should they come in the form of a poem, a phrase, a hymn or any other piece of music.

 

I spend time with the you and your family  to capture the stories and essence of what you want remembered and said. I write an order of service and the eulogy and discuss with you if you want contributions from friends and relatives.  I deliver this service.  I will also give you a bound copy of the service and eulogy.