Your funeral can offer comfort to your loved ones and the idea that a no-fuss option will spare them stress is to be approached with caution.
LAVENDER – Love – Protection – Happiness .
MARJORAM – Protection – Health – Love
DILL – Good spirits – Tolerance
FENNEL – Strength – Determination
OREGANO – Joy – Hope
The first three weeks after we lose a loved one is often filled with calls and visits from concerned friends and family. Neighbours pop in or stop you in the street to ask how you are doing. You feel a level of support. Three months in, my clients tell me, is when it seems toContinue reading “Three months later, where is everybody?”
weather aside, there are so many wonderful reasons to consider holding your vow renewal ceremony in a less-than-traditional setting and outdoors is just one of those. As a vow renewal is not a legally binding ceremony, there are no legal restrictions on where or how you choose to reaffirm your love for each other. iContinue reading “Outdoor vow renewals”
One of the beautiful things that comes out of a very sad time, is when people hear stories about the people they’ve lost, from friends and family, that they had not heard before.
When John and I got married, we chose a Registry Office to hold the ceremony. Well, I say ‘chose’ but to be honest, in 1987 it was pretty much our only choice. We came from different faiths and neither of us was practicing, so using a place of worship felt disingenuous and would have stirredContinue reading “Vow Renewals are so much more than words”
When someone dies, we often find it difficult to know what to say to the people they’ve left behind. Strangely, rather than overcoming this sense of embarrassment, we often avoid having a conversation at a time when, by just being there to listen, we could make such a huge difference.
It seems like a wonderful idea; a day to celebrate the most giving, caring and nurturing person in your life. The person who gave you life and raised you, perhaps with the help of another, or perhaps alone, to become the person you are. A day to acknowledge mothers all over the UK who deserveContinue reading “Mixed emotions on Mother’s Day”
I’m setting myself a challenge for 2018 and I’d love you to join me. I’m going to find more to celebrate. I’m going to go out of my way to share things I believe will encourage other people to celebrate the positives in their lives too. And let me be clear, I’m not hiding my head in the sand or pretending that everything will get better for Planet Earth whilst I’m focussing on the positive. I am not going to be silent, I am not going to sit back and let the world continue on it’s self-destructive path without speaking and peacefully protesting in any way I can. And I will do that in a positive way, celebrating my ability to express my opinions in a (relatively) free country.
Talking about our inevitable death and our wishes after the event, is not usually included in recommended light conversation for date night. Even amongst those who work in roles where you’d expect talking about dying to be something they’re trained in, and despite us all knowing that we will, at some point, die, many ofContinue reading “Let’s talk about death, darling”