I was listening to Bob Weighton this morning. He is celebrating his 112th year today, making him the world’s oldest man. He commented on the outbreak of COVID-19 and said that this outbreak is ‘very concerning because it is more unknown than the two world wars he has lived through.’
But Bob's 112 years of wisdom shone through with what I thought were very re-assuring words, “I suppose in the end all will be well because, in my experience, everything usually is.”
We’re all familiar with the axiom, “In the end, all shall be well,” to which Oscar Wilde is reported to have added: “And if it isn’t well, then it’s still not the end.”
Even a 13th-century mystic, Julian of Norwich, in her memoirs, Revelations of Divine Love, reassures us similarly, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
I find these reassuring words very comforting – not least because they are words that have clearly stood the test of time.
Oscar Wilde’s words have something quite profound to tell us in our present situation, alongside the Prime Minister’s message that, ‘that things are likely to get worse before they get better.’
We must take heed of the instructions and advice given by the NHS and the government and take them very seriously because of course, everything will only ever be OK in the end, if we all pull together and listen to the words of wisdom on offer – and not make the huge mistake of thinking we know better.
We just can't thank you enough for the beautiful service you recently took for our dear dad ... we immediately felt at ease with your warmth and compassion in arranging dad's funeral. During this time of uncertainty we were worried how the day would go, but with you at our sides everything was perfect.
Thank you again Steve, you will always be remembered by our family.
Dad would have been so pleased.
Instead of interpreting, “be still” as a placid suggestion, the meaning in these words from Old Testament scripture lends itself more to: “cease striving” or to “stop.”
This is, in fact, very sound advice – particularly in the present climate.
Putting aside just 10 minutes every day to stop and do nothing, will bring us very close to the truth.
Stillness will encourage us to ‘snap out of it,’ ‘wake up,’ ‘stop fearing’-- and to acknowledge our true place in the greater scheme of things.
Let us spend a little time each day simply being in awe!
I wanted to say thank you for conducting mum's funeral today. She would have loved it. It really felt that she was involved. Despite the strange situation everyone has found themselves in, it was just how she would have wanted it. I will meet up with her friends and ex colleagues when it is safe to meet them again to share the order of service as they couldn't be there.
As a society we afford special reverence, quite rightly, to the NHS doctors and nurses who are working in increasingly stressful conditions - nothing short of heroic!
One vital group, however, who have so far been noticeably absent from public discussion, is the funeral profession – the people who care for those who have died and of course, for the bereaved.
The government announced that those responsible for ‘management of the deceased’ are to be categorised as ‘key workers,' but I rarely read of people calling them ‘heroes’. I can tell you that they are. I work alongside them and so I get to see and hear first hand how incredibly difficult it has been for them.
I would personally like to pay tribute to all funeral professions, but especially to the excellent people I know and have had the good fortune and honour of working with.
I know you do a very special job and that you do it with sincerity and compassion. Well done all of you!
We honestly can’t thank Steve enough for the beautiful service he did for our beloved grandad ... we will be eternally grateful to Steve for his compassion & sincerity when we were planning grandad's funeral...
Thank you Steve from all of Major George Pooles family ❤️
Steve did a fantastic job the service was just how we wanted it and it felt like he really new Jim.
Everyone who was at the funeral commented on how lovely the service was.
Thank you Steve for helping us get through a very sad day.
Good morning Steve,
I want to thank you so very, very much for Mum's service yesterday. It felt so much like you actually knew her. The words you spoke and how you delivered it were done with such compassion for my mum. Every single person commented on what a beautiful service you gave. You did my mum proud and I can't thank you enough for that.
I recognise how important it is for you to have the opportunity to celebrate the life of your loved-one and to be given the space to say your farewell. In light of the present situation with the COVID-19 virus, I would like to re-assure you that measures have been put in place to protect you and others.