Memorial Service

A memorial service is a gathering where the casket is not present.  There are many reasons for holding a memorial service and if your loved one died in Mallorca, you may wish to hold a memorial service at a later date or in another country.  I can prepare the ceremony and officiate too and if the ceremony is to take place elsewhere, you may wish me to prepare the ceremony and choose a family member to officiate.

Please note, I am always willing to travel if your budget permits.

Eulogy – preparation only

The definition of a eulogy is “speech or writing in praise of a person, especially one who recently died or retired”. There are many reasons for praising our loved ones and whilst we may know them best of all, writing about them can be a challenge, especially to condense the story of their life into a eulogy.

I am able to prepare and write the eulogy of your loved one after meeting you in person or by Skype to find out as much as I can to put together their life story for you to share in your own way.

Funeral Preparation and Delivery

A funeral is a ceremony or service held shortly after a person’s death and usually includes the person’s burial or cremation.  Although for many a funeral can be viewed as a time of great sadness and loss, I believe that a good funeral can prepare the family for the process of grieving which is so necessary to be able to continue with one’s life in a positive and effective manner.

Here in Mallorca, funerals often take place immediately following death, normally a day or two later.  If family needs to come from outside of Spain, one can request burial or cremation to be held on the last day, normally up to 7 days after death*.

I will meet with the main family members as soon as is possible and spend as much time with them to discover all I can about your loved one.  I will also explain some of what you can expect on the day of the funeral.  If the deceased was foreign yet integrated into local life, I will incorporate Spanish language into the ceremony to accommodate island friends too.

Upon preparing the ceremony, it will be sent to you for approval prior to the funeral.  I will encourage you to choose appropriate music as well as any readings to be included.   Religious passages or prayers are encouraged where they can reflect the beliefs of a loved one and the same of poetry, essays or even lyrics of favourite songs.  The ceremony script will be given to the family after the service in a personalised booklet.

On the day of the funeral, I will arrive at the cemetery or crematorium at least 30 minutes before the service is due to start.  I will consult with the funeral director beforehand and make sure that the requested music will be available amongst other final details.  I will then greet you and the other mourners and show them to their seats and after the service, I will be available until you leave.

*(Please note that this has to be requested at the time of certifying the death and may add to the final cost)

Other Services

Grief Share Mallorca

Based on the idea of grief sharing groups from around the world, Grief Share Mallorca is a support group for people grieving the death of a family member, partner or friend.

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Mallorca Death Café

This is a monthly encounter in which the topic of conversation is about death and dying.  Forming part of the Death Café global movement started by Jon Underwood in 2011, Mallorca Death Café began in December 2015 with…

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End of Life Doula

If your loved one is ill or elderly and coming to the last stage of life, I can offer practical help for you whilst observing how much emotional support you need to be able to face all that is to come.

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