I just wanted say a huge thank you for this weekend. We absolutely loved the ceremony and we’ve had a lot of really positive feedback from others too, many of which mentioned how great you were too.
If we ever get married you’ll be at the top of our list ;)
I’ve attached a few pics and thanks again for such a great day.
Chris, Liz, and Indie.
Touch is the first of the six senses we acquire. It is our first language. However, we do belong to a touch-phobic society, so perhaps we need to regain some fluency in our first language.
Our ability to communicate non-verbally is just as important to us as human beings as it is to speak; researchers have long documented the complex emotions and desires that our posture, motions, and expressions reveal. 'We do have, undeniably, an innate ability to decode emotions purely by touch alone' and if touch is indeed our primal language, then we must assume that we instinctively know how to use it and so should not be afraid to do so.
I personally believe that touch can communicate multiple positive emotions: joy, love, gratitude, and sympathy. It is a much more nuanced, sophisticated, and precise way to communicate emotions and sentiments. It can break down barriers. It can impart grace and empathy and symbolically, it can represent a gesture of goodwill and peace.
Consequently, touch is often used ritually to exemplify a deep and meaningful purpose. For example, the church uses it to offer a blessing or to hand over apostolic responsibility. It is also used as an outward sign for healing and reassurance. Some cultures use it to pass on a birth right. Marriage ceremonies use the symbolism of touch as an outward display of union between two people. Funeral ceremonies use it as an outward sign of commendation and farewell when touching the coffin.
If there's a most appropriate time to communicate via touch, it's probably when someone needs consoling. Research shows that touch is the best way to comfort. 'If we were to ask someone how they'd comfort someone in a given situation, they tend to list pats, hugs, and various kinds of touch behaviours more than anything else.'
Maybe that's because there are times — during intense grief or fear, but also in ecstatic moments of human joy or love—when only the language of touch can even hope to fully express what we feel.
Just wanted to let you know that I have had some lovely feedback from Tuesdays funeral - The family are absolutely over the moon that we recommended you to take the service.
They have never met anyone like you before, and never been to a funeral service like this before, and that's because you were so 'wonderful' (as they worded it).
They can't thank you enough for the personal and lovely service you provided....they are so grateful!
They will definitely be recommending you, and us, to anyone who asks.
A Message from China
Thanks for everything with my Nan's funeral. It brought a smile to me from thousands of miles away, and you helped make it a brilliant send off for Muriel.
Thank you so much for today, we can’t thank you enough. It was beautiful.
Once again thank you so much.
What a special, almost joyous occasion. It made me so happy.
Thank you Steve.
May I give you a heart felt thank you for the wonderful part you played in my mum's service. Your kind and sensitive words were the glue that made the service a fitting tribute for my mum. You said it would be good and it was. So many people there today said how marvelous it was which was down to you.
Thank you for easing our loss in such a lovely way.
Thank you so much for your work on ours and Mum's behalf and for the sentiments you expressed to the family today. The whole service was a beautiful tribute to Mum and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Thank you also for your encouragement about not hurrying - it really relaxed me.
Thank you once again.