As I sit here at my computer updating my website in the light of the massive disruption my generation has ever known as a result of the Coronavirus, I can't help but reflect on how much our lives are continuing to change.  If you are reading this whilst grieving the loss of a loved one, my sympathy and sincere condolences go out to you.  I genuinely feel your pain and my heart goes out to you.

Despite my years of experience as you can read from these pages, I have to confess I never ever imagined a time when we would not be able to say farewell to our loved ones without a 'proper' funeral supported by our family and our friends.  But that time has come and it is with great sadness that due to the nature of the virus which is sweeping through everything we have ever known, I too am having adapt using the technology available to us. It is becoming the norm to talk to you over the phone or via video conferencing, and to have the funeral service itself streamed far and wide to those unable to be present.  

Those of us working in the funeral industry have all been greatly affected by the legislative changes being pushed through so very quickly and you can be reassured that we are finding a route through.  I am pleased that more recently there have been changes to what is allowed and I am now hearing from families I have worked with very recently that actually, the limitations on numbers allows for a more personal and intimate service.

But whilst these are indeed challenging times all is not lost and before long normality will be restored.  Remember I can be a listening ear and talk to you over the telephone or by video chat, making notes as you talk to me about your loved one as you would have done had I been sitting with you in your front room to discuss the funeral service I know you and your loved one would have wanted. And the story I write up, including tributes, poems, and readings,  could form the basis of a memorial service or a celebration of your loved one's life at a later date.  And what a lovely service that would be and something to look forward to during these darkest of times.

To contact me, use the 'Contact Ann' link above direct to my email address or telephone me on 07801 632313.   Or you can ask your Funeral Director to contact me on your behalf.  I look forward to hearing from you.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay strong.


 Reflecting life for you - your way