David Sinclair's Powerful Funeral

On a chilly but bright Autumn morning, the family and friends of David Sinclair gathered to both celebrate his life and acknowledge his death at the place he'd chosen as his final resting place, Willow Row Barrow, in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside.  It was the first time that a funeral ceremony was held at the barrow, and the experience left a deep impression on everyone who attended the funeral.

His banana leaf coffin, covered in his wife's favourite flowers, was carried into the barrow where the beautiful ceremony took place.

In the New Year, Sacred Stones, Poetic Endings & Rosalie Kuyvenhoven will be telling the story of David's decision to not only have his ashes laid to rest at the barrow, but to allow his family and friends to come together in the same place for his funeral.

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Life would be better if we faced up to death

The Times’ Janice Turner came along to a Death Cafe I hosted at the International Longevity Centre’s #FutureOfAgeing conference this week.

In her column today, she talks about the importance of Jon Underwood’s work with Death Cafe.

Inspired by her own experiences with her father, we talked about how most nursing homes insist on people who have died being ‘removed’ as soon as possible, and what a healthier approach to death might look like, underpinned by Jon’s belief that society needs to embrace death as part of life.

I’ve really missed Jon recently. His integrity and commitment to do the right thing simply because it was the right thing to do have been so needed, especially in light of recent events in the funeral profession.

The takeaway: let's stop talking about the weather and talk about something that matters.

Louise x

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Posted by Louise Winter
Modern Funeral Director