The death of a beloved family member can be a time of great stress and bewilderment. Not only do you need time to grieve, you must also manage all of the details appropriate to say “until we meet again”. This can be so difficult and overwhelming, yet a very necessary part of the grieving process.
Many times, a Memorial Service is an ideal way to honor and celebrate the life of your loved one. It can be a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to gather and celebrate the life of those who have passed on by reminiscing through the sharing of memories and experiences. It can also be a time to reflect on what that person’s life brought to yours!
During a Memorial Service, there will be time to remember and pay tribute to your loved one. This can be done through the sharing of personal stories, the reading of poetry or scripture, the playing of music, the singing of songs, prayer, blessings, candle lighting or any other ceremony meaningful to the family.
Reverend Pamela is available to guide and assist you in creating a Memorial Service that will best honor your loved one. She can offer you suggestions and present options as you make choices to design the ideal ceremony to commemorate their life. Reverend Pamela is also there to lend you her spiritual support as you journey through this memorial process. Contact her to discuss the planning of a Memorial or Funeral Service.
In the Next Room
Death is nothing at all:
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you;
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone:
Wear no forced air or solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.
–Canon Henry Scott Holland
Some day all doubt and mystery, will be made clear;
the threatened clouds, which now we see will disappear.
Some day what seems a punishment, or loss, or pain,
will prove to be God’s blessing sent for every gain.
Some day our weary feet will rest in sweet content,
and we will know how we were blessed by what was sent.
And looking back with clearer eyes O’er life’s short span,
we will see with wondering, glad surprise, God’s perfect plan.
And knowing that the way we went was God’s own way,
will understand His wise intent, some day, some day.