At last, we have been able to make some progress with arrangements for Terry. The Home Office cannot release him until next Thursday so the delay has seemed endless.
There will be a private cremation on 14 Feb with just Carolan and I attending but we are planning a celebration of Terry's life and internment of ashes on Friday 20 March. Details are attached and I'd be grateful if you could circulate the information among any of your newsgroup membership who you feel might want to attend.
Of course, we very much hope you can be there. It feels important to gather together all the threads of Terry's life so we can bid him a proper farewell. It would be great, too, if you felt able to say a few words at the celebration about your friendship with Terry? I know that's difficult and there's absolutely no pressure but I hope you'll think about it.
I'm sorry I've been silent for a while - it's been a nightmare week of trying to extract information from people, deal with practicalities, and fend off well meaning friends who want to tell me what to do! The Home Office post mortem is this afternoon and at least, after that, there should be some answers and, maybe, resolution of a kind.
Please keep in touch, Adam. Like Terry, I regard you as a friend and I want to keep all of our friends in my life. See you soon, I hope. Helen
2. Invitation to a celebration of Terry's life
Terry Casey 14 April 1944 - 20 January 2020 There will be a celebration of Terry's life at the Hay Barn; Brightwater Gardens, Saxby, near Market Rasen LN8 2DQ at 1pm on Friday 20 March 2020. This will be followed by interment of ashes in the adjacent Brightwater Green Burial Ground. We will then adjourn to Terry's 'local', the Centurion, Newark Road; North Hykeham LN6 8LB for a late, light buffet lunch. All friends are welcome and we would especially welcome anyone who wishes to speak at the event of their memories of and friendship with Terry as this celebration is intended to show the diversity of his activities and the breadth of his interests The wearing of black is not a requirement but please feel free to do so if you wish. Above all, Terry liked everyone to feel comfortable. Strictly no flowers, thanks but donations may be made if desired to Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (reg charity no. 1017501) or LIVES, Lincolnshire's emergency first responders (reg. charity no. 1098364)_ Please let us know if you will be attending by phoning Jonathan Whiting Ltd, Funeral Directors on 01522 589 942 who can answer any queries you may have. Brightwater website: www.brightwatergardens.co.uk The Centurion: www.emberinns.co.uk/nationalsearch/eastandwestmidlands/the-centurion-north-hykeham