I played at my mums funeral last week. She had been ill for a couple of years with secondary bone cancer, but had suddenly deteriorated and had wonderful care at the end from our local hospice. Everyone at St Luke's was truly amazing.
She had a woodland burial with a "humanist style" ceremony conducted by the family, and we all toasted to her with a drink.
It was.... really nice, peaceful, dignified and a lovely way to go.
I played my little harp; the groundsman had put up a big garden umbrella as it was raining a little bit, and the music drifted through the young trees, mixed in with the bird song, the drink and the chatter as we went about the woodland burial.
Schoolgirl Error - I forgot to bring pegs!!! So we held back the music on my (sturdy) music stand with a small bottle of Jim Bean bourbon and a tuning key.
My mum would have chuckled.
Lauren Scott is a harpist & composer and has been blogging on Harpyness for over 10 years.
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