June has been a very busy month for funeral ceremonies - making time in my diary to reflect has been even more important. The following words by Ralph Waldo Emerson, have been particularly poignant and have served as a constant reminder to me of the reasons why I choose to do the work that I do:
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
I feel so honoured to have helped families through the critical stages of their grief and bereavement and to have helped make a difference for so many people. I am of course, humbled by the endorsements and cards received from them. Thank you.
Achieving happiness has never been my chief aim in life but it turns out to be, quite naturally, the result of living life well in terms of helping others.