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09 February 2021A Winter Burial

Today we said goodbye to T at the beautiful Conqueror Wood Burial Ground overlooking Torbay - boy was it cold with snowflakes swirling round and a wind chill of -6'C - T would have loved it, she loved nature.

Her cousin read a poem that explained T's thoughts about her death and where he could perhaps find her:

I’ll Be There

There was no time to say goodbye

But this I ask – please do not cry

Remember me as you think best

The happy time – forget the rest.


Look for me and I’ll be there

And you will find me everywhere

In the gentle touch of breeze

That cools the skin or swirls the leaves.


In the scent and colour of flowers

That gave to me such happy hours

On sunny days under sunny skies of blue

Just think of me, I’ll be with you.


In winter when there’s cloud or mist

the rain will give to you my kiss

as wood smoke lingers in the air,

look for me and I’ll be there.


Where seagulls cry above the sea,

and surf rolls in endlessly,

among towering trees that soar above

In all these things that once I loved

Look for me and I’ll be there

You’ll feel my presence everywhere

17 December 2020Christmas Wishes

Thank you so much for your e-mail.

I know you understand how difficult it is for the newly bereaved as Christmas approaches, and your kind and thoughtful words were much appreciated.

We’re at L’s, S’s youngest daughter, for Christmas Day, I’m sure I’ll be surrounded by warmth and affection as we take time over Christmas to remember S as you suggest. The day will inevitably be tinged with tears and sadness because for the first time she herself will not be there. Although in each of our hearts, of course she will be.

In closing therefore, may I take this opportunity to thank you once again for all that you did to make her funeral so perfect.  Everyone who attended said it was a wonderful occasion and was exactly what S would have wanted.

I do hope that you and yours have a Merry Christmas, and that the year ahead will be a happier one for us all.

Warmest regards,


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