By Andrew Watkins
So as we say our farewells to AB,
we say thank you for all that you gave to us in life,
the warmth of your love;
your humour and friendship;
your help, guidance, and wisdom;
and the joy that you brought wherever you went.
Whilst we miss you terribly,
we are thankful that you now have the peace you deserve.
AB, we send all our love to surround you now.
As we think of our continuing journey in this life,
we promise never to forget you,
we will honour your memory by living our lives as you would want us to,
and we will take the joy and pleasure you had in life and share it freely with others.
Fare-well and thank you, AB!
The time has come for us now to bid AB farewell.
AB, we let you go now in peace, thankful for all you have been, treasuring your eternal love and promising to support and love each other in the coming days and weeks.
The separateness, the uniqueness of each human life is the basis of our grief in bereavement.
Look through the whole world and there is no one like AB, but s/he still lives on in your memories, and though no longer a visible part of your lives, AB will always remain a member of your family and of your circle, through the influence s/he has had on you and the special part s/he played in your lives. As we let AB go in peace, we also take her/him with us as we leave here, in that most special of places, the depth of our hearts.
We have been celebrating and remembering with affection and gratitude the life of AB, the many good times we shared and the love s/he freely gave to us all.
So in sorrow, but with deep love and affection we now commit ab’s earthly body to be transformed into the elements of the universe. But as we do, we promise to cherish her/his memory and
look for memories of the good times in the beauty of the earth we see around us.
To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose on earth, a time to be born and a time to die. Here in this last act, in sorrow but without fear, in love and appreciation, we commit AB’s body to its natural end.
We’re coming to the end of this celebration of AB’s life. But before we go our separate ways we pause for a moment to reflect on all that we have heard and shared. Perhaps to recall our own personal and favourite memories of AB… (Pause)
Just as a child is welcomed into our lives, there is also a time to say goodbye when someone leaves us. So now we say goodbye to AB. It may be difficult, there may be tears, but it is important that we do this, but knowing they leave with us treasure beyond words.
Now is the time to return AB’s body back to the earth that for xx years s/he has called home. Just as the elements came together to create you, so now we ask those same elements enfold you and keep you safe as once again you become part of something greater that each of us and more than we know or understand.
Now is the time to say goodbye to AB.
Ab is now free from any pain or distress s/he may have encountered.
Now is the time for us to let go of any times we hurt AB, and remember the love we shared
Now is the time to say to AB, we forgive you anything that you may have done to hurt us and send you on your way with our unconditional love.
Now, though we may be sad, is the time to remember the laughter we shared, the fun we had and the joy of being in each-others company, trusting that in time these tears of sadness will be replaced by tears of joy.
Goodbye AB, and thank you for being you, and being part of our lives.