“Holding the memory evergreen”
We are used to a funeral being the final ceremony and last chance to say goodbye. But there may be times when a funeral is not appropriate – for example, many people now donate their bodies to medical science. Or there may be times when emotion at the time of a sudden death is so raw that the funeral seems meaningless and inadequate.
This has be brought into sharp focus with the current COVID-19 lockdown.
In these cases it is always possible to hold a memorial, possibly some time later. Freed from the constraints of crematorium schedules, a memorial can be a more joyous celebration of a life. It may also give greater opportunity for other friends and relatives to contribute and participate.
I can help you plan any aspect of a memorial – finding a suitable venue, deciding on format, choosing music.
At the moment it may be difficult even to think about dates with the current situation. Another way of marking a funeral when we are so restricted in movement and gatherings can be to hold an online ceremony now and plan for a get together when things become easier. I am developing online Zoom ceremonies that can be surprisingly meaningful – please contact me if you would like to know more about this.