- a crematorium in the Buckinghamshire countryside
- a cemetery in Surrey
- a crematorium in Hampshire
In this case, the family chose not to have a physical service booklet for people to follow. So, the congregation was very much listening to the poems, readings and eulogy, all read by the minister.
My role was to lend a different voice to the occasion. The family wanted some traditional hymns sung, but as they were few in number, they wanted a singer to give confidence to their own voices. They also wanted to have something meaningful to listen to during a period of reflection.
- Two well known hymms: 'Dear Lord and father of mankind' and 'The Lord's my shepherd'
- Two solos by me: Schubert's 'Ave Maria' and 'Time to say goodbye'
"Thank you, you have a wonderful voice. Mum would have loved it. I'm sure she was listening."
They had a printed order of service booklet with many pictures from the life of the deceased, so those who attended had a physical keepsake of the event, as well as their memory of the celebration.
"What a beautiful voice, thank you for your singing, the solo was wonderful and also it was so uplifting having a strong vice leading the hymns. So often it can be difficult to sing in times like this.... Truly was wonderful, so much nicer than playing a CD, your singing gave it a real personal touch. Dad would have loved it!"
Simple cremation service
The only reading was the congregational Lord's Prayer, and the eulogy was given by a family friend. They had more music in the service:
- A recorded piece: 'Chanson de Matin' by Edward Elgar
- Hymns: 'Amazing Grace' and 'All things bright and beautiful'
- Two solos: 'Over the rainbow' and 'Memory' from Cats
"Thank you for such a wonderful performance today. My family and friends all commented on how good you were, my evidence being that know-one wanted to leave on the exit song. Thank you again for all your help"