Carol was cremated, her wish, at
Chelmsford Crematorium on Friday 8th March at 3:30 p.m. with a short humanist ceremony
conducted by Tom Osborn. This again was her wish as she was an atheist. Carol did not like cut
flowers, she believed they were better left growing to be enjoyed by all, so I requested no flowers to be sent or
brought. There was a small spray of lilies on the coffin. A donation could be made to the
National Secular Society if wished, but was not required.
Carol, like me, believed that religion is a personal thing and every one should be free to
have their own beliefs without ridicule, persecution or influence. A corollary of that freedom
is that there should be a separation of church and state with no religious privileges in the political
sphere, and no special treatment or concessions for faith schools. The National Secular Society
supports these aims, but is not well known and struggles to survive. This is the reason for
Carol's wish that any charitable donations went to them.
I am devastated from the loss of Carol and found the funeral hard. I appologise for not
being able to speak with everyone on the day, especially those who had come from a distance, and I thank
you personally for coming. We will all miss her, but must keep her alive in our memories.