As usual all the staff were welcoming and the centre had laid on mince pies and hot drinks for those arriving on cold, wet , December Sunday.
Celebrant Deirdre Brannigan led the service, comforting , emotional and reflective. A time to remember our loved ones and a message that those that have passed are not forgotten, still here.
The Lyndale singers performed three songs during the service, all beautifully sung and well received. When they sang ‘o tannebaum’ all we needed was it to start snowing outside the halls huge glass windows and there wouldn’t had been a dry eye in the house!
During the service guests had the opportunity to hang a paper heart message on the halls beautiful-‘Bruce the spruce’ Christmas tree in memory of their loved one/s.
|Bruce the spruce|
Keely Thomson (marketing and community engagement officer) then gave an update on the site since its opening in March, and reported they continue to actively manage the site for biodiversity and had planted thousands of trees in recent months. They have made some good partnerships (yes RSPB) and have supported various charities such as the Willowbrook hospice, Child Bereavement and Save the Rhino! (https://www.greenacreswoodlandburials.co.uk/news/)
As we left the hall to journey home. Richie the warden was roasting chestnuts on a barbecue outside. A nice Christmas touch on a cold day
Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made it a special couple of hours for myself and other guests.
Poem read by Keely at the service
The Dash by Linda Ellis copyright 1996 I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel. And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash… would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?