Yesterday evening my mother and I made the decision to turn off my father's life support. Watching him pass is the most distressing thing I have ever witnessed, and I am alternately numb and broken. He went from healthy to dying in a matter of hours and the shock of it all is unbelievable.
Anyway, we have booked the funeral for Thursday and most of the planning is falling to me. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to make his funeral a celebration of his life and not a "standard" funeral. Dad was an atheist, so it will be a secular ceremony. He loved gardening, classical guitar, travel, woodworking and cooking if that helps.
I was also wondering if people could help with suggestions for a reading/verse. I was kind of thinking about thishttp://www.bartelby.com/101/599.html, but not sure if its appropriate. ( if the link doesn't work the poem is "we'll go no more a-roving" by Byron.) If anyone has anything they like better i would love your suggestions!
Many thanks for anyone's help...I haven't been to many funerals and my brain isn't working very well.