Today my sister Esther will be buried in a wicker coffin on a woodland site. A place where she can finally be at peace among the plants and the wildlife. There is a picnic afterwards where her friends and family can share food together. Esther will be wearing the dress and hat that she bought for my brother's wedding. Sadly she died three days before at the age of just 46. I lost and gained a sister within a week. That's not happened to many people I suppose. One day I'll tell Esther's story as it is inspiring and gives much food for thought. But not now.
My sister requested that there should not be a vicar presiding over the funeral. So my family have put together a simple ceremony that I think that she would have liked. I've chosen this to play as I remember her dancing to Queen in the living room of our childhood home. It's from the album that was released around the time of Freddie Mercury's death, a song from another who was also young when they left this world.
Esther had an intense love of nature and the words of today's title will be inscribed on her memorial. They meant a lot to her.