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Funerals and Memorials in West Highlands of Scotland

Kate conducted my friend's woodland burial service with such grace and sensitivity, bringing us all together at a very sad time.
She created a funeral respecting our wishes and needs that was loving, warm, imaginative and supportive. It expressed beautifully the nature and spiritual quality of my friend even though they had never met.
I would therefore recommend Kate as someone who has a deep understanding of the grieving process and also the spiritual insight and compassion to help others.
Susannah Carrington

Accepting and finding peace and understanding in times of loss can challenge us deeply. However, the funeral or memorial service for a loved one can help us in a number of ways: it allows us an opportunity to share our grief, to give it expression; if we have any regrets or unfinished issues with the departed person, this is good time to acknowledge and release these; we may wish to pray for the soul of the departed; and, in the company of others, we may give thanks and celebrate the life now ended, recognising what this person meant to us, all the gifts they brought to our life.

If that ceremony is created and led with loving care, we gather strength to say farewell. There is no place at a funeral for platitudes and ill-informed homilies. The grieving, and the person who has died, deserve instead a ceremony which is crafted with understanding and thoughtfulness.

I seek always to honour and reflect in the funeral, the beliefs and needs of those who seek my help, as well as the character and gifts of the deceased. At our first meeting to discuss the funeral, I will visit the next-of-kin at home, if possible.

Whether the funeral is held in a crematorium, a private place, a chapel or at the graveside, with the help of loved ones I will distil words, music and memories into a dignified blessing and farewell, inspired by the life now ended.

“May you know that absence is full of tender presence
and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten.
May the absences in your life be full of eternal echo.
May you sense around you the secret elsewhere
which holds the presences that have left your life.”

John O’Donohue