Whilst reflecting on our second week in business I can’t help but feel grateful for this amazing opportunity Kate and I have to help our local community. As I met and talked to more people this week just letting them know who we are and what we’re about I was given so much encouragement and support that at times it was a little bit overwhelming, but it was also good to let them know about the different types of funerals that are now happening rather than the standard traditional funeral. Not that there’s anything wrong with a traditional funeral when carried out well.
I’m always moved when walking through a beautiful woodland followed by a long line of mourners following a wicker coffin which is dressed in seasonal flowers and the mourners themselves not sticking to dark clothing but dressed in lovely bright colours. I always wish I could be hovering above the procession getting that wonderful view, and although this is more of a modern type funeral it harks back to how funerals were carried out many years ago with families more involved from the beginning, washing and preparing their loved one before lovingly placing them in the coffin and carrying them to the graveside. These days with the woodland burial becoming more popular the service can now take place in a chapel inspired by the surroundings giving you a feeling of oneness with mother nature whist saying your final farewells.
Last week-end we attended the Ideal Death Show which included “The Good Funeral Guide” gala dinner and awards. and what an amazing time we had. Thanks Brian and Charles. Meeting wonderful like- minded people with a real passion for helping the bereaved was a real highlight for us.
Special thanks to all the guys from “Clandon Wood Natural Burial Ground”, Simon, Fran and Judith. And to Carrie Weeks from “A Natural Undertaking”, who gave us some of her precious time on Saturday morning to chat and inspire, also congratulations for the award as the “Best Green Funeral Director” of the year.
Rob and Kate