It’s been another hectic couple of weeks here at Crumpton Rudd. I’ve been in funeral celebrant mode on a few occasions, we absolutely love helping families
as a funeral celebrant. It is a big part of what we do and we think it’s a nice extra string to our bow, when people ask us to organise funeral services for them we can also officiate, so there’s no one new to meet before the funeral as we will be there from start to finish. A lovely family asked if I would play and sing a particular song at the end of their Brothers funeral which was nice for us to be able to do for them. They sent us a copy of it along with a nice thank you, I’ve attached the video with the family’s permission.
A good friend of Kate’s passed away two weeks ago and one of her wishes was that we take care of her funeral. We organised the funeral which took place just outside Derby and I took the service. It was a real privilege for us to be involved and to be able to help the family. A lovely service with around 120 mourners attending to say farewell to this wonderful woman.
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
Well, here we are! Crumpton Rudd Funerals, Kingston’s new Funeral Directors, is officially open to look after our local families as of Tuesday 1 September.
After 12 months of planning, talking, praying, we’re here. Something we feel called and inspired to do.
Looking back with hindsight, we believe that we’ve been on this journey for the past 15 years leading us to this point. We feel so blessed and privileged to be able to help you at this time.
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We look forward to being able to assist you in any way possible.