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CHAPTER 13


CHAPTER 13


Celebrate your life, your way


Madeline McGill is a social and occupational psychologist with a career spanning 30 years. She is a trustee of Esther Benjamin’s Trust, a charity in Nepal which works with trafficked children.


She is also a member of McCarthy & Stone’s Greater Life Advisory Board (GLAB).


Planning your own funeral can be an uplifting experience, as Madeline McGill discovered when she chose her perfect ceremony two years ago.


When I was a child, every Sunday morning after attending church, we visited the cemetery where my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-aunts and great-uncles were buried. We laid flowers and tidied their graves, and it was clear that my father felt this to be his solemn duty.


I recalled those visits when, in April this year, my husband and I decided to visit the Woodland Burial Park where, two years ago, we had reserved our joint burial plot. It was an exquisitely beautiful morning, the sun was shining and birds were singing to


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