Not for them the shackles of convention, they were a true free spirit. They held possessions lightly, treasuring a handful of precious things but otherwise preferring the freedom of not being tied down by stuff.
Too much planning risked losing the essence of an idea. Spontaneity ruled.
The house was always filled with candles, poet Rumi and eastern philosophy posters on the wall. Whenever you hear the sound of a wind chime, you’ll think of them.
Ideas and inspiration:
- An alternative casket choice is a must. Go for woven wicker, the sides and top threaded with flowers. Or cardboard that everyone can paint, sign, draw on.
- Think eco-friendly – they were usually at the forefront of change. Caring for the environment mattered.
- Candles, candles and more candles. From heirloom candelabra to tiny tea lights, fill the room with aroma and flickering light.
- Venue is important. A historic church or character town hall. Rustic barn or gorgeous garden. Bring out the cushions and carpets. Light a fire.
- Use music to set the scene. It might be Bob Dylan or Neil Young. Smooth jazz or African beats. What was always playing at their place? That’s where you go.
- Allow lots of time for eulogies. They had the best stories and you’ll want to hear them all. Spread them between the service and after function.