Although it is always sad to lose a loved one, more and more people in the UK are choosing a different kind of funeral – one that celebrates the deceased’s life, rather than mourning their passing in the traditional way. Memorial services and life celebrations are becoming the norm; these are joyful occasions that no longer focus solely on grieving someone’s loss, but rejoicing in the life that has passed, in the loved one’s occasional moments of triumph, their minor or major achievements, their favourite places and even via their favourite songs.
Change of emphasis
In a recent ICM poll of 2,000 people, some 54% of them said funerals should be a celebration of life. Instead of sombre, traditional hymns, why not choose upbeat and humorous songs or some tracks from the deceased’s own playlist? The traditional black of mourning can also be replaced with more colourful attire and friends and family encouraged to dress for a joyful occasion, for instance, in the colours of the late husband’s favourite football team. A number of celebrities have led the way in recent years. Actress Lynda Bellingham (famous for those OXO adverts on TV) wanted a proper ‘knees-up’ for her funeral, while Essex-born Jade Goody’s funeral was a bright and colourful celebration of her all-too-brief life.
Celebrations of life at Secure Haven
Here at Secure Haven, we help people to celebrate the life of a loved one with family and friends in the warm and welcoming space of our grade 2 listed barn that includes a beautiful, multi-faith service room. Available for use by families, this flexible facility provides the perfect setting for a wake or special service, in the theme or style of your choosing. We’ll do everything we can to help you arrange a celebration of life service, with the emphasis on rejoicing in your loved one’s life. If you wish to have the room decorated in a specific way, or a buffet laid on, we can arrange that that too. We can provide our own interfaith minister, or you may wish to have your own minister deliver the service. Funerals don’t have to be sad occasions, and celebrating the life just passed is a way for all age groups to come together and remember a loved one with a sense of joy at a time convenient to everyone.
Multi-purpose room for hire
As most funeral directors don’t have the space to host life celebrations or wakes, The Essex Barn offers the ideal local solution and can be hired by arrangement for a few hours at a time or even longer. The room is also suitable for use by professional groups for bereavement counselling, training, and/or regional meetings. In short, our facility is perfect for any occasion where a tranquil and fully accessible setting is required.