Kara’s Funeral Arrangements

A painting of Kara in a bluebell word. By Ruth Braham

Kara’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 1st February 2023 at 11:15am. We know that many people will wish to pay their respects, and her family are keen for everyone to be involved in some way – including those too ill to be physically present.

An online book of remembrance has been created, where memories of Kara can be shared. There is also the option to light a virtual candle.

For those attending in person

Main funeral service – 11:15am at The Holy Trinity Parish Church, 73 Main St, Shirebrook, Mansfield NG20 8DD. All are welcome. Please wear something colourful – Kara’s favourite colour was purple. (A live stream of this service will be available here.)

Cremation – At 12:15pm, following the main funeral, there will be a service for close family and friends only (due to limited space) at Mansfield and District Crematorium, Derby Rd, Mansfield NG18 5BJ.

Wake – This will begin immediately after the main funeral service, at Miners Welfare, Central Drive, Shirebrook, Mansfield NG20 8BA. All are welcome.

The family request no flowers. Donations in lieu can be made to Kara’s fund.

For those unable to attend

For everyone unable to be physically present, a virtual funeral will run alongside the main one.

We invite you to participate in whatever way is right for you. The following are suggestions of ways in which to take part, but please do not feel under pressure to do all of them, or indeed any. Kara would have wanted those who are ill to stay within their limits.

Watch the live stream of the church service – The main funeral service begins at 11:15am GMT. A live stream should be available here, on Kara’s YouTube channel. [Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to Kara’s channel. Although we initially thought we needed 1000 subscribers for a live stream to be possible, we’ve now found an app that should allow it with any number of followers.]

Listen to music – Kara’s funeral will begin with her song Baby Breathe, and end with This Gift by Glen Hansard.

Wear something purple or have something purple nearby This was Kara’s favourite colour.

Contribute to Kara’s book of remembrance – An online book of remembrance has been created, where everyone is invited to share their memories.

Light a candle – This could include sharing a photo of it on social media, using the hashtag #LightForKara. Kara’s online book of remembrance offers the option of lighting a virtual candle.

Rest in prayer or silence – Kara had a strong faith, and prayer was very important to her. But she also understood that for some, silent contemplation is preferable.

Support Kara’s fund – Kara’s family have requested that no flowers be sent, and instead are asking for donations to her fund. If you wish to support Kara’s fund but are financially unable to do so, a great alternative is sharing the link or telling people about her album.

A painting of Kara in a bluebell word. By Ruth Braham
Artwork by Ruth Braham, a close friend of Kara’s

We look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible on the day.

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