As the son of a nonconformist (Unitarian) minister, I was aware of bereavement care from a very early age, and, as a church organist since the age of 14 I have provided music for many hundreds of funeral and memorial services. I have always been used to liaising closely with bereaved families and individuals in order to tailor the music to suit each circumstance. In addition to my musical activities, I teach one-to-one piano to all age groups and I have three grown-up step-children and 5 (soon to be 6!) young grandchildren.
With my experience, I have learned what “works” - and what doesn't! Also, the sort of things people hope for - and what they don’t want! As a Funeral celebrant, I am aware that “one size does NOT fit all” In death, as in life, people have differing needs. Sometimes, the wishes of the departed loved-one may differ from those of the ones left behind. If a fully religious service is what is wanted, churches and worship centres of all denominations and religions are there to help - or I can offer this. A completely “secular” ceremony may be what is wanted - or perhaps with some religious or spiritual input, maybe for the sake of people attending who might expect it. I can work with you to provide whatever is best for your loved one, and yourselves.
Do please get in touch to discuss your requirements - I can promise you caring support and guidance at all stages of grieving, and saying farewell.
A couple of recent comments received....
"Just a short email to thank you so much for Thursday. Despite the occasion and the lack of people, your presence made the day, and lightened what was effectively a very sad occasion for our family"
"If I could know that Andrew would always be officiating, I'd stop dreading going to funerals"
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