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CHAPTER 13


celebrate Spring. We had been impressed by the team who took us on a leisurely tour of the park so that we could choose a location which we particularly liked. We both enjoy reading poetry and hence it was an easy decision that, in due course, we would rest in a double plot at No. 6 Milton Avenue – unembalmed and in cardboard coffins (I have been passionate about recycling since I was ten years old). When we completed our arrangements, the team gave us a book for each of our grandchildren telling the story of an ancient oak tree which befriended a young hazel tree. When the oak tree died, the young hazel was deeply distressed until a friendly bird drew her attention to a sapling sprouting from an acorn. The children loved the story and it was a good way to introduce them to the natural cycle of life and death. We have specified that there be no memorial -- for us, the primroses and violets will suffice.


We have attended many funeral services where one group of mourners was leaving the chapel by one door while another group entered at the opposite end. At the Woodland Burial Park, two hours is allocated for each service. Mourners have tea and coffee on arrival and are able to meet and greet each other in a pleasant environment before walking a few yards to a beautiful wooden building with a high glass roof and full-length windows


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