For some families, the idea of having a stranger talk about their loved one at their funeral does not seem right. They wish to say everything that needs to be said themselves, and will make sure that everything flows just as they wish.
But putting the words together can be difficult. Fortunately for most, it is not something that has to be done often. What detail should be put in? What should be left out? What if it sounds more like a CV than an all-encompassing life-story?
In this situation, it may be helpful to ask someone else to do the writing. If so, I am very happy to help. I will meet or contact any family or friends that wish to contribute and get all the details of the person’s life.
I will then write a draft and share it back to you for checking of the details. Any amendments can be made up to 48 hours before the ceremony and I will then send you a copy to use on the day. And if it would be helpful for me to put the rest of the wording together to link the ceremony together I will be more than happy to do so.
Be assured that the same thought, respect and professionalism will go into creating the tribute or entire service. I fully respect that my presence at the ceremony may not fit with your needs. But that will not alter my desire to make sure the goodbyes you say are done so with just as much love and warmth as if I was there to support you in person.