Losing My Dear Friend Eve Higgins

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Losing My Dear Friend Eve Higgins

On the 17th September my very dear friend Eve Higgins sadly passed away. Eve had been a mentor, a confidante, and had also ordained me as a Minister in 2007 – it’s fair to say she had a big presence in my life. Understandably I felt extremely honoured when her family asked me to take Eve’s funeral service.

Eve has two lovely daughters, and the three of us got together to discuss the best way to honour this amazing lady, taking into consideration her Scottish heritage, her musical abilities, and the big impact she had on so many people’s lives.

Celebrating Eve’s Life

It was really important to her family that we include as much family participation as possible – from her children to her grandchildren – they were all to have a part in Eve’s service. My friendship with Eve certainly gave me a huge advantage in taking her funeral service because I was able to draw on both our connection and personal experiences as tools to creating a celebration of her life.

Following the lovely funeral service it’s fair to say I was deeply humbled when the family said that the personal aspect of Eve’s service had been truly appreciated and that some mourners had commented also. One thing was certain after losing my dear friend, Eve deserved a proper celebration of her life – and that’s exactly what we gave her!

How can I celebrate a life in a funeral service?

Highlighting beautiful and positive aspects of a person’s life really does contribute to creating a wonderful celebration of a person’s life. It’s understandably very easy to focus on the loss and sadness after someone special to you dies. However during that time of mourning – know that by celebrating the life of someone amazing, and giving them the final farewell they deserve, actually can provide you with some comfort.

My approach as a Funeral Celebrant is to provide the caring support and guidance needed, and create a wonderfully touching and personal funeral service full of warm memories – to truly honour your loved one.

When you are faced with celebrating the life of some-one near and dear to you, I really encourage you to include lots of  happy memories and funny stories in funeral services! Funeral goers love to hear other stories, and funny stories, that highlight more reasons why that person was so special.

If you would like to talk about a funeral service please get in contact with me.

Glenys xx

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