At the end – saying goodbye to a parent

This week we’re grateful to Jennifer Levenson for sharing At the End – her way of saying goodbye to a parent. She wrote this poem for her dad’s funeral in 2008 and has been glad to let others use and adapt them since then. She offers this poem to you, if it’s helpful.

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Living eulogy

Writing a eulogy can be a daunting task – so make it easier by starting your own living eulogy. This week, Carole Renshaw shares how a living eulogy – a work of autobiography -transformed a funeral and has made that the standout funeral to date in her experience.

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Gravestone words

Robin Hyde-Chambers at family-owned funeral services company R Hyde-Chambers Funeral Directors blogs for us this week on gravestone words. “Epitaphs are the words inscribed on a gravestone as a lasting tribute to people who have died. The words on their tombstone usually reflect the characteristics that made them special. “They’re usually an emotive, eloquent tribute to […]

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Epitaphs

The wording on a gravestone will read something like: “Lesley Smith, much loved partner of Andrea Sorani 4 Mar 1960-20 Jul 2012 A life well lived.  A love lost.” If you’re looking for inspiration for a memorial or headstone, have a look at what’s been written on the tombstone of some of life’s great legends […]

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Famous last words

“Charles Darwin (1809-1882) I am not the least afraid to die.” Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) No. Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low. Anna Pavlova Get my swan costume ready. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) It’s been a long time since I’ve had champagne. Archimedes of Syracuse (298-212 B.C.) Wait […]

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