Clematis Armandii and A Humanist Farewell

28 Mar

The overnight winds blew off a bunch of buds from the Clematis Armandii so we brought them inside and very soon the buds had opened.

Clematis Armandii

Clematis Armandii

This morning saw a celebration of the life of a friend with a Humanist Ceremony and a Green burial in a beautiful spot.  A true Cornishman, a speaker of Cornish and a Cornish Bard,  tributes were paid to him in both English and Cornish and at the end we all sang Going Up Camborne Hill  in Cornish.

Bre Gammbronn

Bre Gammbronn

At the green burial site another friend read these lovely words written by Rabindranath Tagore ( 1861 – 1941)

Farewell My Friends – Rabindranath Tagore ( 1861 – 1941)

Farewell My Friends
It was beautiful
As long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets
Whatsoever said
The pain I’ll leave behind.
Those dear hearts
Who love and care…
And the strings pulling
At the heart and soul…
The strong arms
That held me up
When my own strength
Let me down.
At the turning of my life
I came across
Good friends,
Friends who stood by me
Even when time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell My friends
I smile and
Bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears
For I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad
Do think of me
For that’s what I’ll like
When you live in the hearts
Of those you love
Remember then
You never die.


St Piran's flag and daffodils at the green burial site

St Piran’s flag and daffodils at the green burial site



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8 responses to “Clematis Armandii and A Humanist Farewell

  1. Julie in San Diego

    April 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    What’s a green burial site?

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      It is an area in a Cemetery where no headstones are used but trees are planted. The coffin itself will be readily biodegradable, wicker or bamboo and there will beno brass handles for instance and no chemicals will have been used on the body. The area just stays green and lovely. This is an interesting site about green burials in Cornwall.

  2. carolemccall

    March 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Carole McCall Author and Coach.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 31, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you! 🙂

    • carolemccall

      March 31, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Thankyou,your blog made my heart sing..

      • mybeautfulthings

        March 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

        How kind of you to say so! You have made my heart sing reading your lovely comment. 🙂

  3. anotherday2paradise

    March 28, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Such a beautiful poem. Love your Clematis. 🙂


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