Working tonight on the text for a funeral ceremony that I will deliver on Friday. Just a small family group, perhaps about eight people, unless some old army mates manage to come. It is always a challenge to sum up a life in a few pages and to capture the essence of a person such that the mourners feel that you have done justice to their friend or relative. Makes you consider also the measure of a life – is it what one has achieved, what one has amassed, or who one leaves behind?
Makes me wonder what I will be remembered for. Sometimes, putting the wording together is like pulling hens’ teeth although it always works out in the end. I will probably get up early in the morning to edit what I have written and to put the finishing touches. I am a morning person and so write with more clarity and purpose at that time. He was an Elvis fan, so I will finish off with ‘Return to Sender’.