Personalising a Funeral Service
A gentleman who we farewelled recently was a train driver between Sydney and Lithgow via Blue Mountains during most of his working life. His favourite was driving the famous 3801 steam train commonly known as one of Australia’s most renowned the Newcastle Flyer!His lovely daughter arranged for this very special custom coffin (pictured below) to be made through the funeral directors and it was a fantastic surprise to everyone when we walked into the chapel to the very whistle of the 3801 when people stood! Shortly afterwards a song about the 3801 was played and the reaction was simply humbling.
Later I read my favourite train reading. I love the words. I have included them here. Thank you to the family for permission to use the photos below, memories and allowing us to celebrate such an amazing man and a wonderful life. Well done to the Funeral Director Aaron Logue for going above and beyond once again for the family.
The Train of Life
To: My family, and friends
Life is like a journey on a train... with its stations...with changes of routes... and with accidents!
At birth, we boarded the train and met our parents.
We believe they will always travel by our side.
However, at some station, our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant: our siblings, friends, children, and maybe the love of our life.
Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realise that they vacated their seats!
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.
Success consists of having a good relationship with all the passengers... requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.
So, we must live in the best way - love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey!
Lastly, I thank you very much for being one of the passengers on my train.