Station 1: Her garden where I picked a few flowers:
Sweet peas for sweetness
Clematis for colour,
One Pink for isolation,
Lavender for fragrance,
Rosemary for remembrance.
Station 2: overlooking Bottoms reservoir
Psalm 23, the psalm for this valley.
I lack nothing.
He leads me beside still waters
He restores my soul
He takes me along paths of righteousness for his name sake.
Even though I walk through deaths dark valley
I fear no ill for you are with me your rod and staff comfort me
You prepare a table in the presence of my enemies
You anoint me with oil
And my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me every day
And I will live in God's house forever."
Station 3: the spurter
Station 4: a walk in the woods
The hymn is "All things bright and beautiful" beacause I'm sure she would have sung that many times in school for example. The mountains wear their purple hats today and I walk amongst the tall trees in the greenwood. I make up verses about fireweed and brambles and eat a few blackberries. There are also dragonflies and butterflies swooping past. I walk up the rest of the beech lined path in silence, the background hum of the road accompanying me.
Station 5; The fishing platform
There are already two mourners here: Hector and Elsie , two greyhounds with sleek bodies, sharp noses and alert ears. I acknowledge their attendance. Elsie noses my leg. They are called away.
In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead."
Station 6: the falls by the hydroelectric station
"Peace is flowing like a river flowing out through you and me, flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free."
Station 7: a bench overlooking Rhodeswood reservoir
The blessing of the fresh air and clear sky,
The blessing of the still reservoir and the rushing stream
The blessing of the light butterfly and the snuffling-nosed dog,
The blessing of the green and gold day
And the light on the purple hillside be with you forever.
And that was it:
No funeral by request.
The love of God.