We are Angela Ward, Peter Macfadyen and Charles Kemp.
Charles writes: I have lived in Frome for thirty years and for most of that time I have worked as a spiritual healer and counsellor. Ten years ago, I embarked on the training to become an Interfaith Minister and I was ordained in 2010. In my work I have encountered many different aspects of death and dying. Becoming more involved in non-religious funerals as a celebrant and then as a funeral director feels like a natural progression in my own life.
As I grow older myself and face my own mortality and as I continue to work in this field, I am learning to respect the enormity of death and the impact it has on people’s lives. Sometimes sad and deeply painful, it can also be transformative and uplifting. I see my role as being that of a person who offers a helping hand to those who are facing their own death or the death of someone with whom they have shared their lives. It can feel rather like being a gatekeeper who people encounter at a critical moment in their lives. My job is to support, guide and accompany them for a brief while on their journey through and beyond death.