WE are living through extraordinary times, where the rituals associated with the cycle of life are being turned on their head.
This pandemic has robbed many families of the chance to properly mourn the loss of a loved one, making the anguish and pain of that loss even more difficult.
In recognition of this need, A Quiet Revolution, a Glasgow-based charity which delivers weddings, funeral and other ceremonies, are offering their services, free of charge, to conduct a funeral or memorial service to around 15 families living in and based around Glasgow.
The role of the celebrant is critical. They can help in the planning of the funeral or memorial service, set its tone, and bring richness and meaning to the stories of the life being celebrated. The value of a funeral or memorial service has arguably never been stronger, or more needed, and is an important part of remembrance and recovery.
When families pay for a funeral celebrant, they can also donate to help other families who may struggle to meet the costs. It is through these small acts of kindness that this funeral fund has been kick-started and this offer made possible.
Dependent on current restrictions, A Quiet Revolution will provide a celebrant to lead the funeral or memorial, either in person or through Zoom for a wider group to attend. Those who attend will also have the chance to donate, if they choose, to help other families who are struggling to meet costs.
Applications are requested from those in need, and should be made to: https://www.aquietrevolution.org/apply
Notes for editors:
A Quiet Revolution’s (AQR) charitable aims are:
The advancement of the philosophical belief and the promotion of the values of Humanism
AQR composes and conducts rites of passage to support individuals, couples, and families at key life stages. It promotes positive attitudes, encourages open conversations about what it is to be human. It carries out legal ceremonies like weddings and rites of passage like funerals for major life events from birth to death and everything in between.
The relief of those in need because of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship, or another disadvantage.
It is building funds so it can offer support to those who struggle to meet costs that enable them to mark, engage with, or celebrate life stages the way they’d prefer to. To date, it has enabled people to take part in end-of-life planning workshops and offered funeral directors and families help with the costs of funeral ceremonies.
It will also help with costs for end-of life-planning. Someone who is facing the end of life can take control and have agency by working with a celebrant to plan their send-off before they die. This can be a powerful act of acceptance for someone facing their mortality with spirit. Planning a life celebration can be uplifting and bring moments of joy to difficult days.
Donations to the charity can be made to www.aquietrevolution.org/donations
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