My craft as a funeral celebrant and pastoral care practitioner is unique, bespoke and holistic. It is hard to convey what I do, but I was humbled to receive this thank you from a family I worked with last week. They have generously allowed me to share their words to support the work I do in the hope others can be held appropriately at their time of need. Because I don’t work for the big funeral houses, my service survives only by word-of-mouth and community referral from those who have experienced the difference I can offer. It is a sensitive service I offer and hard for me to ‘advertise’ but please know I can be available to you or any family in need leading up to, during and after a death of a beloved. Thank you my lovely family for these generous words:
You’ve been on my mind so much this week. I’ve been trying to think of a way to say ‘thank you’ for your contribution to the wonderful life celebration we gave Dad. The first day we met you was like being gifted with a beautiful light. Your warmth, openness, love and genuine presence immediately shone and filled us all with light and love at one of the most difficult times of our lives. I keep telling people a difficult day turned into a most beautiful day – and everyone agrees. We have had so many incredible comments about Dad’s send off and in particular the way you got know our family and most importantly, Dad. I’ve been asked if you’re a family friend, to which I now reply “Yes”! Our family and friends were genuinely awestruck by our stories and your delivery of the service, how you got to know us, Dad and our ’style’ of family. You helped fill the day with light and love, not the heavyness and sadness people usually relate to a funeral. Your support to each and every one of us and especially to mum, is immeasurable,. My best friend of 37 years, told me Dad’s send off was one of the most defining and vivid moments in her life. She said it will stay with her forever, evoking the fondest memories, the feeling of love, friendship and family. I think we pretty much all agree.
It’s quite incredible to see a person who is truly doing something they love. You can always tell people who are filling their heart, they shine brighter than everyone and their light ignites others. This is you Sarah – thank you for lighting us in the darkest of times.
Much love to you – we hope to see you again soon. Xxxx