Arranging a funeral is a major responsibility. You want to do justice to the person who’s died. You want to reflect their beliefs and their tastes, as well as making the event meaningful for everyone who comes. There are all sorts of choices to make – where is it going to happen, who will speak, and so on. You’re having to cope with all the death-related admin. And this at a time when you’re dealing with your own sense of loss.
My job as a celebrant is to help you design a service that feels right to you and appropriate for the person who’s died. That might mean sorting out the music, suggesting readings, thinking of ways to brighten up the venue. It’s also creating a structure for the service, so that you can both celebrate the life and mourn the death. You can also hand over responsibility to me on the day, so that you don’t have to worry about other people, and can find some solace in the ceremony.
Why The White Chair? It’s the title of a lovely poem by the late Ken Smith, which you can read here.
All paintings by Garry Kennard, www.garrykennard.com, reproduced by kind permission of the artist.