In this unique and
amazing role as a Funeral Celebrant - where work is ever fascinating, often times challenging,
and always rewarding and valued - gratitude appears in countless ways.
In life like in all kinds of work, thank you... is a gift.
Sometimes with a warm handshake or a hug, at others a brief written note - the deeper message of personal appreciation is carried between the lines, nothing more need be
though it is unspoken – warm appreciation expressed through a glimmer of the
eyes, a small nod, a gentle smile over a sandwich and a refreshing cup of tea.
week-to-week world of funerals, as a celebrant working with and alongside conductors,
arrangers and many others, we each play an important role in all
that comes and goes with each service, and the natural sadness
and joys remembered, with the passing of someone loved.
My dad is eighty-seven now and keeps an eye on
the Tribute pages in the daily paper, and awhile back told me that from time to time he sees an old
friend's name among the memorials.
He often asks
‘Tuesdays with Morrie’
Lessons on life,
death and how to live with it.
Walking into the cafe from the bookshop next door, I ordered coffee, sat down and became immersed in 'Tuesdays with Morrie'. Looking up from time to time to see if the rain had
stopped outside, but with no intention to leave these pages.
I would make some notes then return to
the book for a few pages more. On the
front cover it read’s International Best Seller.
read it I quickly learnt why.