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28/03/2017: You don't have to be young and fit to marry

One of the joys of being a celebrant is that on occasions you get to help people fulfil their dreams and be instrumental in their happiness.

This can happen at any stage in any life, as two recent examples have shown. In one instance, the lady concerned was terminally ill and with very little of her life left. Her dream was to marry the gentleman in question and she was determined that this would happen. By making arrangements with the registrar, licence was granted to carry out the wedding ceremony at the side of her bed at home. For the last few days of her life, the joy of the long-dreamed of marriage helped assuage the suffering of her illness.

The final chapter in this story is that the lady's husband then requested that Paul should deliver the eulogy at her funeral.

Later this month, Paul is to officiate at a wedding ceremony for two residents of Drummonds Care Home in Colchester. Both are wheelchair bound and in their 60s, but when the time is right, the time is right. Paul always mentions how privileged he feels to be a part of ceremonies like this same sex civil partnership and the marriage of a terminally ill lady at her bedside. Celebrancy offers the opportunity to share immense joy as well as helping to overcome grief, touching the lives of young, old, fit and frail in equal measure.

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