Simple Life

Simple Life

Not everyone has lived a really exciting life, not everyone has had a dynamic job or even traveled extensively, some people are just not interested in all those things. I have done several funeral services lately where I have spoken about individuals who have preferred the ‘simple life’ and sometimes their families are a little frustrated in planning the ceremony, because they feel like there isn’t much to say for their loved one’s final rite of passage.

As a culture, I suppose that we have become a little bit obsessed with the idea of a ‘full life’, a life where we visit all four corners of the earth and once we have done that we draw up another bucket list of stuff to complete before we finally go. It is always fascinating to talk about what some have people achieved within their lives, but it is not for everyone.

Equal are the times we spent enjoying a radio or TV programme or reading good book, equal are the daily dog walks, the weekend drinks with close friends or the Sunday afternoons with family.

A funeral service doesn’t have to be chock a block full of adventure stories, it only needs to conjure up the authentic essence of a person and reflect the things that were important to them. A quiet simple service for a quiet simple person can be one of the loveliest thing ever.