~ Funeral and Memorial Services ~

Religious, Interfaith, Non-Religious, Spiritual, Humanist

Excerpt from a letter to one of my new ministers:

“I always feel like I do more good at a funeral than at a wedding. At a wedding, as long as you stick to the couple’s content guide lines, almost anyone can do a good job, because they’re already so happy. When it is their worst day ever, if you can bring some light to their pain and somehow have them leave with something more than they came in with…. It is then in my opinion, that we have truly served.”

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How do we mourn our loss and still celebrate the gift that someone we love has been to us?

By acknowledging our pain and celebrating all the ways that their presence made our lives richer and fuller.

How do we do that?

Begin with saying the names of who the departed loved and is survived by. They are those in whose hearts your loved ones will continue to live.

By asking someone who knew them best to give the Eulogy,

Follow with an interactive portion in which people may share their fondest memories. At a service, conversations go on in the corners of the room. Yet in bringing all those stories to the floor, we have the opportunity to laugh and cry together, and to begin the healing process by sharing our joy and sorrow.

By including words of scripture or perhaps with a favorite author if your loved one was not a religious person. If you can’t begin to think of a source I have many samples.

Memorial ReadingsSample Services

Was there music you would always hear them playing? Perhaps they would have enjoyed the idea of you softly playing the soundtrack of their life in the background. When someone asks “What can I do?” creating this kind of CD is sometimes a wonderful way for them to help, both you and themselves.

Are you in the unique situation of planning your own memorial service? I would be honored to write with you.

If your funeral director is unfamiliar with my services please feel free to give them my contact information that we may together better serve the needs of your family.

Funeral and Memorial Services

~ A Song Of Living ~

Amelia Josephine Barr

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast.
My cheek like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I have kissed young Love on the lips, I have heard his song to the end,
I have struck my hand like a seal in the loyal hand of a friend.
I have known the peace of heaven, the comfort of work done well.
I have longed for death in the darkness and risen alive out of hell.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I give a share of my soul to the world, when and where my course is run.
I know that another shall finish the task I must leave undone.
I know that no flower, nor flint was in vain on the path I trod.
As one looks on a face through a window, through life I have looked on God,
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

Amelia Josephine Barr

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