Avril at Romsey

… and Lancefield and Riddells Creek and Mount Macedon


Is it some rule of the universe that funerals never come singly?


March 15, 2009 - Posted by | Life, etc.


  1. I seriously hope not. One funeral in my first week on the job is quite adequate,thankyou verrry much!

    Comment by Caro | March 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. My experience of congregational ministry was that they tended to come in clusters – there were certain times of the year when there were more funerals and other times when there were less. The clusters are not necessarily the same in the neighbouring congregations, though.

    When I was in Dimboola, one of my colleagues in Horsham (36 km away) was the sole person in a notionally 3 person placement for a while and he had 10 in two weeks. I didn’t realise until towards the end because I was just working from the death notices in the paper and he was too frantic to think about asking for help, so by the time I rang and offered to help, he had them all covered.

    Given that most funerals don’t tend to be for active members of your congregation, if you start to get an overwhelming cluster, it would be possible to ask a colleague from nearby if s/he could manage one or two of them for you. S/he can always say no if s/he’s also experiencing a funeral cluster.

    Comment by Judy Redman | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. For the person who’s funeral your attending, hopefully it is only singularly. (Hanging out with zombies, vampires abd other undead can change that though.)

    Comment by Pete | March 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Have I shown you my vampire-killing stake? An ordination gift from a couple of members of the Mount Macedon congregation, so they’re obviously expecting me to encounter the undead at some point during my ministry here.

      Comment by avrilhj | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. My mother and grand-mother, both deeply scottish, always said it was a scottish tradition that funerals come in threes. Ten in two weeks is utterly excessive.

    Comment by Morag | March 18, 2009 | Reply

    • My experience in my first couple of years here has been that funerals come in threes, too, and when I was talking to D’Arcy Wood yesterday he said the same thing. Which is making my nervous, because today I conduct the second funeral in three days, and so far there isn’t a third on the horizon. And I’d really like to keep it that way!

      Comment by avrilhj | March 18, 2009 | Reply

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