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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." - William A. Foster
Why, then, should you settle for a 'one-size-fits-all' 'insert-name-here' funeral ceremony? Why not look instead for something a little more substantial, personal, and creative? A ceremony tailored to reflect who that person was. I will help you make the ceremony your own and deliver it with a sense of conviction and professionalism. You can expect something mindful and full-hearted, which will include as much or as little music, ritual, symbolism and imagery as you wish. Or if you're looking for something straightforward - straightforward can be beautiful too!
In 2003 my wife lost her daughter Katie to Glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer that occurs in the brain or spinal cord. She was six years old. It was an incredibly cruel end to a long two-year battle with the disease. We have been gripped by our loss ever since – and have resolved to devote the rest of our lives to helping people who experience loss and grief in whatever circumstances. We're both fully qualified Counsellors and Grief Specialists.
Since Katie's death, we have adopted the symbolism of the Dragonfly as a way of reminding ourselves of how special and unique she was. It has since become representative of my work as a Grief Specialist and Funeral Celebrant. At her funeral, we listened to a short story by Doris Stickney called, Waterbugs & Dragonflies, and I suppose it took on a life of its own from there.
And so, the Dragonfly for us represents going beyond what is on the surface and looking into the more profound implications of life. It is a symbol of new beginnings and so, represents hope, change, and love.
If you need someone to talk to, don't be afraid to ask! Your GP will be very familiar with how you will be feeling and will put you in touch with someone trained to offer you support. Alternatively, contact me and I will refer you to a Grief Counsellor from Holding Dear Support Service, a specialist group of people who will offer you 'free at the point of use' support when you feel you need it.