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Remembering Katie

Hi readers, it’s Kerry, Emily and William here, remembering our lovely

friend Katie. Last week we went to Katie’s service of remembrance and

wanted to tell you how special it was.


The service was held at Higher Ground Meadow, a natural burial ground

in Dorset. What a beautiful location it was, with rolling hills and natural

meadow hayfields. Not a harsh gravestone in sight, just buzzing bees,

hedgerows alive with birds, buzzards circling overhead and colourful

wildflowers.


We, Emily and William, went with Laura, and arrived in good time,

while I Kerry, went with my support worker Louise. We were warmly

welcomed by Ann (Katie’s amazing Mum) and her sister Claire, who’d

come over from America. We liked talking with them. They are

incredible, wanting to make sure everyone else was ok, on what had to

be the saddest day ever for them.


As we knew, Katie deeply touched many lives, just because she was

such a vibrant and wonderful person. This was clear as we watched

people, from all walks of life, come into the lovely barn. People from her

day service, the Freedom Boat, Dorchester Baptist Church, craft groups,

People First Dorset and many other places too.


It was a perfect service, with contributions from friends and family,

including us. Even some impromptu singing, led by Emily B (who’s been

running our People First Dorset choir). We sang the first part of ‘With a

Little Help from My Friends’, a favourite song of Katie’s, who enjoyed

the choir.


After the service, we blew bubbles outside, signed Katie’s memory

book, chatted with people, and looked at things important to Katie on

the remembrance table for her. It felt truly friendly, warm and exactly

what Katie would have wanted and loved.


We miss you Katie. Good night and sleep tight.


The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First

Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from

staff.

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