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Life Celebration Film Blog

Two weeks ago Peaceful Hearts worked on a fictional film that is currently away being professionally edited.

The film depicts a true-Life Celebration delivered by a Celebrant to help families understand the options available to them when they are faced with organising a family funeral.

The Order of Service was created using Royalty purchased images of the fictional character ‘Charlie Shaw’ who had specifically discussed with his family that his Life Celebration be delivered away from the crematorium, after the cremation. Charlie wanted his ashes to be interred at his allotment and a memorial bench installed.

‘Charlie died after a short illness after a terminal diagnosis in October 2018. During the eulogy his brother delivered a reading:

Life’s Clock

The clock of life is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour

To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed

To lose one’s health is more

To lose one’s soul is such a loss

That no man can restore

The present only is our own

So live, love, toil with a will

Place no faith in ‘Tomorrow’

For the clock may then be still.

Here is a short excerpt from the Eulogy created and delivered by Lia Jane of Peaceful Hearts:

‘Charles Shaw made his entrance earlier than expected on 25th June 1942 as his mother and father hosted a wartime meal with friends. This was a monthly affair where the families pooled their rations, gathered their homegrown produce to enjoy music on the radio. As the Glen Miller band played baby Charlie arrived to the cheery tune ‘Little Brown Jug’.

Charlie was their 2nd child, little brother to Martha and 9 years later big brother to Bill. They grew up together in Grassmoor where their father worked as a Carpenter, later on when Charlie was about 10 the family moved to Swanwick where the children they spent hours at the local farmyard. They were always outdoors, summer, winter, rain or shine. Rounding up whatever livestock they came across, collecting eggs and mucking out the various sheds.

When Charlie was at home, he spent many hours helping his mother fetch and carry from the garden and cook, chores he enjoyed. Charlie was ‘put out’ that Martha would happily eat his hotpot but also mocked his keenness to help with domestic tasks. He decided to put Martha off his hot pots by mixing a huge batch of salt into her serving while no-one was looking. Martha was violently sick. Charlie’s face was a give-away and he was given a good old ticking off. On the quiet Charlie told Martha he would never make her an edible hotpot so long as she carried on picking on him. The ridicule stopped and Charlie carried on making hotpots doing what he loved most, providing for the family. This story was told time and again over the years whenever the family sat down to enjoy Charlies hotpot.

At the age of 14 Charlie found work at a local garage in Swanwick, within a year Charlie was working on cars and had developed a keen interest in anything to do with engineering. He took every opportunity to learn which eventually helped him find work as a trainee engineer at Rolls Royce, in Derby, where he met Mary who worked in the staff canteen.

Mary has told me about the day she first set eyes on Charlie. Mary spotted Charlie as he walked over to the canteen counter, she tells me ‘ He was such a handsome young man’. Mary was smitten from that day on and so, each day she made sure she always served him with a beautiful smile.

One Friday Mary was late leaving work, she was in a rush to get to the local store to buy a dress she had been saving for. She wanted to wear the dress that same evening at a local dance. Not looking where she was going, she bumped into Charlie looked up and froze with embarrassment; within seconds she had relaxed as Charlie gently apologised and made sure she was unhurt by the clash. Charlie asked why she was in such a rush and soon managed to find out the location of the dance. Later that night a tap on Mary’s shoulder, there Charlie stood, ‘May I take you in my arms again for this dance?’ he asked and so their romance began, all those years ago. To this day that night remains Marys fondest and most dear memory’.

Here is a picture of Charlie taking a much-earned rest at his allotment back in 2017.

Charlie taking a rest at his allotment

Lia Jane works with families to create inspirational funerals, life celebrations, memorials, thanksgivings…….. any service the family desires.

Trading as Peaceful Hearts, Lia Jane is always happy to think outside of the box.

Lia can be contacted on 07598 270956

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