October 17, 2019
Supporting each other as we experience the circle of life
I recently conducted the funeral of a person who tragically lost his life in a fatal road traffic collision. The sad thing about this situation is that death came so abruptly and nobody was prepared for it, including me as the celebrant that walked alongside the family during the proceedings.
Whilst this was an extremely difficult time for everybody involved, this sad circumstance brought family and friends together. Standing in a room with over one-hundred and fifty people in attendance I can safely assume that there would have been people present who did not know each other, yet they all had one thing in common and that was they were stricken in grief.
It was an honour to be included in the process that allowed all the extended family, friends and well-wishers to come together and create a designated safe place. This safe space allowed people to express exactly what they were feeling during this time of loss.
I noted there were moments when the audience would laugh out loud and another moment where there was not one dry eye in the room. Death is never easy but support one another as we experience the circle of life.