Kingfisher Independent Funeral Services were privileged to host a funeral ceremony at their premises, Gate Lodge, in the heart of St Neots, yesterday.
The ceremony was designed based on the wishes of the deceased, who had specified that something very simple was what she wanted. Members of the family took part by reading poems. Music chosen by several people was included. Carolanne Gibson, a qualified Civil Funeral Celebrant presided over the event.
Mourners gathered at Gate Lodge about half an hour before the ceremony started. We provided tea, coffee and biscuits to welcome everyone and help them to relax. They were welcome to mingle, to settle in the ceremony room, or to do whatever they wanted.
The informality and simplicity of the ceremony was something that quite simply could not have been achieved at a crematorium.
Several visitors commented that they did not know a funeral could be like this. But they will now tell others. So slowly the word will spread.
After the ceremony, the immediate family had asked if Roxie could be around. I was hesitant about this, as she is still quite lively, but she was absolutely wonderful (despite jumping on a few people!)
Roxie is becoming firmly established as a member of the Kingfisher family. She is adorable, and will shortly start her training to become a bereavement dog available to help all clients who want to meet her.
Kingfisher Independent Funeral Services are proud to be the only locally-owned, fully independent funeral directors in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. We are open to all suggestions, and positively encourage participation in funeral arrangements. We are recommended in The Good Funeral Guide 2011 and by The Natural Death Centre, and we are the only funeral directors to feature on The Best of St Neots. For more information or if you require any help, please telephone us on (01480) 471001