All funerals are difficult but perhaps the most harrowing are those of children and still-born children. As with all funerals I endeavour to celebrate and honour the life of the loved one who has passed. This is never easy when the funeral is for a young person who has had a short life nut I work hard with the parents to esnure that we can bring as much meaning as possible to the short life we are celebrating.

Poetry is often difficult to find in these times but I suggest the following two poems may be appropriate.

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam,
And for a brief moment,
its glory and beauty belong to our world.
But then it flies again.
And though we wish it could have stayed,
we feel so lucky to have seen it.


The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn't bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.
But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.

The little one we longed for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.
And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
Every beating of our hearts
Says that we do love you.


Meaningful non-religious, Humanist and Spiritual funerals in Bedfordshire