The Funeral Service
Created by Rowan on 12/01/2013
I have written out below the order of service from last week including the music and poems.
If you attended the service then a huge thank you. I don't think Judith would have know she was so well liked and respected especially from our new friends in Cumbria.
If you were a little puzzled by the items we put on top of the casket then here is the explanation:
Just a Perfect Day:
She would start the day by cooking for our guests at our
B & B hence the chefs clothing. The gloves and secateurs would be her working in the garden which she enjoyed planning.
The walking boots represented her love of the fells and while she didn't walk as much as she has done in past years this love of the Cumbria landscape never left her.
The final touch is a glass with a large G&T in it. Curled up in front of the fire this was her drink of choice. Never a big drinker she did enjoyed this.
Funeral Service for Judith Atkins
27th November 2013
Introduction by Anne Avison
Nick, Jon and Jen
Poem – Feel no guilt in laughter, she'd know how much you care – Anon
Read by Janeta Watts
Feel no guilt in laughter, she'd know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that she is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; she would not want you to.
She'd hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings her back as clearly as though she were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that she is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And she will live forever locked safely within your heart.
Poem – Daffodils by William Wordsworth
Poem- She is gone by David Harkins (Cumbria)
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Music – How long will I love you – Ellie Goulding.
Chosen by Rowan for Judith