We are still in awe, and will remain so for a while, because of the funeral yesterday, which went so well. For us it was wonderfully providential.
There were about 300 at the service (many also watched online apparently) and a pleasing number went with us to the grave and then afterwards for tea at the hall. If you were amongst them, thank you again for supporting us, especially those who traveled at significant cost from Ireland, France, Scotland and England.
The church folks (plus some notable extras!) did sterling service at every point, from the PA, organ, the stewarding, the food preparation and serving, caring for guests from afar, and cleaning up afterwards.
There were so many stand-out moments. Many have said how big an input Padi had on the service itself and even though the Pastor led the whole thing Padi was involved in each part, notably the Rev Vernon Higham's prayer and the Pastor's message. The service has now been published to YouTube in case you would like to see it:
A version of the order of service is available from this link (this is the one we supplied to the publisher):
When the short graveside service concluded we were all standing quietly for a few moments. Then someone pointed out Wendy's grave and it was almost as if a curtain was drawn back on heaven. When we were talking with Pads about his arrangement he became especially attached to the location of Pantmawr Cemetery for two reasons. Firstly because it was on the way to Auntie Ruth's and secondly because Wendy was buried there. No-one, humanly speaking, saw to it that Wendy and Pads mortal remains are now practically 'toe to toe'. It is a simple and transporting mental leap for us to imagine them rising up together at the Second Coming of Christ.
This link takes you to a copy of what we provided as a guide for the Pastor in the service.