Share Your Story
Hearing about others' experiences can be helpful when dealing with death and bereavement. Do you have a personal experience that you'd feel comfortable sharing with the campaign? If so, let us know...
I have attended several funerals over the last few years and have become inspired by the beauty and power of the eulogies given in memory of my friends and family.
To me, eulogies are carefully crafted tributes sharing facts, anecdotes and perspectives that prize the qualities and uniqueness of the individual. It became personally very important to find a way of valuing these eulogies, and the people they are written about, by creating a permanent collection open to the public.
In 2016 I approached the manager of the Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service asking if she would consider setting up an archive of eulogies written in memory of the people of Bedfordshire. I was enormously pleased when she said ‘yes’ and I am very grateful for all the work being undertaken to establish the archive.
This free service went live a few weeks ago and the Bedfordshire Eulogy Collection “Remember them ... and Share the Memory” is ready to receive eulogies about people who have lived and / or worked in Bedfordshire (Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough Council and Luton Borough Council).
As this eulogy collection builds up, a rich social history of the county will unfold and the memories of its people will be honoured.
More information is available on: http://www.bedford.gov.uk/ArchiveEulogies
and the Archives Service can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01234 228833