WESTMILL WOODLAND BURIAL GROUND

Memorial Gathering

Nearly 50 of us came on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of our communal memorial stone and watch Alec Peever carve in the last word which was Gathered - the perfect word for the occasion.  And by 5.00 we were bathed in glorious autumn sunshine.  We sang, listened to poetry and music and heard some thoughts, some chosen by the families present.  We watched the youngest person there, Max, 11, bless the stone with a good splash of water from the ancient spring which comes up a few fields away on our farm.  We heard the names spoken of those who had died and took time together and separately to remember in silence.  We were also joined by people who just wanted an opportunity to come and think of people who had died but were not at Westmill which felt very special. It was a moving and lovely occasion which we will definitely repeat next year.  It was very comforting for me to go and visit my parents' graves knowing that everyone around was there for the same purpose.  Private and yet in community. And of course there was tea and cake because nothing happens at Westmill without that and also some lovely memorial lanterns were made and taken home to be treasured.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it such a special day.

 

carving the last word       Blessing the stone