Why We Have The Funeral Ceremony:
- helps us acknowledge that someone we love has died
- allows us to say goodbye
- helps us remember the person who died and encourages us toshore those memories with others
- offers a time and place for us to talk about the life and death of the person who dies
- provides a social support system for us and other friends and family members
- allows us to search for the meaning of life and death
- offers continuity and hope for the living
- It is important to recognize that funerals are for the living ... for those who will suffer the trauma of losing a loved one. It is through the funeral process that a number of emotional needs are met for those who grieve.
- A funeral is similar to other ceremonies in our lives. Like a graduation ceremony, a wedding, a baptism, a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives. The funeral declares a death has occurred.
- The funeral is the first step in healing and has both psychological and social healing aspects.
- It is often the initial step toward separation from the deceased to the beginning of the grief process and re-establishing a place in our community without the loved one.
What is a Funeral Celebrant?
A growing number of individuals call themselves non-religious and do not participate within a faith community. Also, many people follow a strong 'spiritual' path but are not necessarily 'religious'. For both groups, when someone they love dies, they are often unclear about how to design a tribute that is fitting. Friends and family often want to particpate in the creation and presentation of personalized gathering, but may be uncomfortable or unable to speak publicly about death the the loss of a loved one.
Funeral Celebrants support the individual or family decision to present a spiritual and/or non-religious gathering. Funeral Celebrants have been drawn to this work by a strong realization that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated and celebrated well. Many have experienced grief themselves. All are convinced that funerals can be a valuable source of healing. Nothing can take away the grief, but a genuine, wellprepared tribute may ease the pain. The Celebrant spends hours creating the ceremony and learning about your loved one in unhurried meetings with designated family and friends.
In collaboration with you, your Celebrant will carefully craft a eulogy and create a ceremony with music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and rituals. No ceremony is delivered unless every detail of the eulogy is checked and approved by the family. Then, with compassion, sincerity and great care, the Celebrant officiates at the ceremony at the funeral home, crematorium, cemetery or memorial location of your choice.
David has lived in Millbrook for 23 years. He is an active volunteer in the area, currently serving on the board of directors of the Millbrook Medical Centre. He has also spent many years helping to develop the Millbrook Valley Trails System.
David is retired from Classical 96.3 FM radio where he spent 21 years as a news anchor and program host. David well spoken and able to deliver eulogies and officiate with compassion and sincerity.
David can be reached or arranged for by calling the funeral home at 705-932-5300
Death is Nothing at All
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
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.