But I Want a Send Off that Suits Me
Imagine a peaceful place, birds singing, bees and butterflies in abundance, wild flowers moving in the breeze, and fresh countryside air. This is the venue for a funeral, or celebration of life.
Whilst the options for marriage has evolved, it seems funerals/celebrations of life remain traditionally held in churches, crematoriums, etc.
There are also quirky options for cremation ashes, but few offer a place where the ashes may be ‘visited’.
This gap has now been filled, by the building of a Round Barrow on a Midlands farm. Farmer Richard has taken the unusual step of building a Barrow, and opening up his working farm as a rural funeral venue.
Niches, nestled into the walls inside the Barrow, are built from locally sourced stone, and personalised covers which can be sealed, or created so that urns can be seen or touched.
Richard, owner of Mid-England Barrow, said ‘The Barrow isn’t a sad or gloomy place, it’s incredibly surreal, that moment when a tingle goes down your spine, and any sound or movement seems to disappear. As you enter, the aura gives a cool, calming, tranquil feeling, and you can’t help but lower your tone, and begin reflecting upon the space you are in and the reason for your visit. It’s not spooky or scary, but invigorating and rewarding, leaving you feeling connected with the life lost.
The owners are determined to enable people to have what they want in relation to celebration, be it religious, non-religious, traditional, or something just a little bit different such as a hog roast or picnic. Imagine, a sunny day, with family and friends, celebrating the life of a countryside lover, surrounded by English wildlife.
Further information can be found at www.mid-englandbarrow.co.uk.
A Rural Development Programme for England from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development project.