Music for Funerals

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Music at Funerals There is nothing more powerful, than a piece of music, to trigger a memory.  A happy night out, a wedding, the song you and your pals would dance to getting ready to go to a night out.  Your ‘hoovering / cleaning’ song or a favourite song from a holiday.  The list is […]

An Evening with Death

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So, how many of us have planned a wedding?  If you have, you’ll know it’s like a military operation.  Timings, what you’ll wear, what colour theme (if any) you want your guests in.  What your partner will wear.  Kilts v Morning Suit.  Hair, make-up, jewellery?  Will you have music, if so, will it be live, […]

Does size matter?

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Does size really matter?  I bet that grabbed your attention.  I suppose, that is an ambiguous question, because it really depends on what I’m referring to.  In some cases, then yes, size would really matter. But, the size in question here, is the size of your funeral, the number of mourners and is it really […]

Death has no preference……

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Apologies for the lateness of this blog, it’s a few days overdue.  But, I’d like to start by following up on my last blog and reassuring you that the elderly gentleman I referred to, who had just lost his mum, is doing as well as can be expected.  To be honest, I was starting to […]

Toughest one yet!

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It’s funny how I sit and plan my blog and then end up writing about something completely different.  This week, I was going to speak about the role of the Funeral Director and how important it is to make the right choice.  However, once again, due to circumstances, I changed direction. So, I have to […]

So, what is a Humanist Service?

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It’s been a funny old week for me.  I’ve conducted two services, one each at Hazlehead and Baldarroch, I’ve attended three funerals (all at Hazlehead) and I’ve celebrated my first birthday without my dad – and it was a huge milestone birthday, one that I was dreading anyway.  So, a rollercoaster of emotions this week.  […]

Aberdeen Crematorium – My Review

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Last week, I shared my thoughts on Baldarroch Crematorium in Crathes, after performing my first service there.  Therefore, it’s only fair that I now blog about Aberdeen Crematorium and my experience to date. As part of my training as a Celebrant with the Caledonian Humanist Association, I contacted the Crematorium in March this year, and […]

Baldarroch – Wow

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This week, I had intended to answer the question ‘Exactly what does a Humanist service entail?”.  However, having conducted my first service at the privately owned Baldarroch Crematorium in Crathes yesterday, I felt compelled to share my experience of this. I was contacted by Brian Smith Funeral Directors in Banchory late Tuesday afternoon and asked […]

I don’t know how you could do that!

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The most common expression I’ve heard from people I know, since qualifying as a Celebrant has been “I don’t know how you could do that, I couldn’t”……  And knowing your own ability and capability is a strength in itself.  Like most people, I had a fear of death, coffins and most things associated with it.  […]