• My Fathers Funeral

    I wrote last year about the passing of my father at the beginning of the year.

    He had not left any specific instructions with regard his funeral, other than that having always been a motrocyclist he wanted his coffin to be taken to the crematorium on a motorbike and sidecar and that he would like to go there at 100mph. They did manage 96mph for a very short time, which I hope that he was satisfied with.

    He was not a religious man and only attended Church for weddings, christenings and funerals. Nobody else in the family showed any interest in the service, so I found myself sitting up to the early hours on the day that we were supposed to meet the lady who would be taking it, writing it all, based on my spiritual beliefs and featuring music that was relevant to him. I had a battle on my hands with the funeral director who tried to tell me that a piece of music that I had found called 'The Motorcylists Anthem' could not be played. It is now available for anyone to use at all crematoriums.

    Anyway, I received numerous comments on the day from people about the service being the best they had ever attended and yesterday I heard that two of these people are still thinking about it and have actually changed their wills to state that they would like a similar service.

    I have always disliked the whole funeral thing and cannot understand my mother who seems to choose to attend as many as she can. So, it is good to think that I might have made a difference in some small way to the people who attended my fathers.


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