Here's a testimony of a barrow community member recorded by the BBC at a recent open day hosted by Sacred Stones

The thought of taking a walk through......

‘The thought of taking a walk through a beautiful setting to prepare themind, to focus on the person we love, to be somewhere calm and peaceful is compelling; away from roads and gravestones and distractions and the doctrine of religion. Somewhere where the spirit is present and our connection to loved ones that have moved on feels like a natural progression rather than an end’.
The barrow, its shape, its natural stone, its location, instantly gave me the same feeling of the past being an essential part of the present, of our lives being a shared history. Of peace and calm and connection. And I am drawn to the barrow as a place of rest and pilgrimage for exactly those reasons.”
Anna - Willow Row Visitor


Our Journey to Willow Row Barrow

Cilla's death was anticipated sooner rather than later because she had the incurable condition, multiple myeloma, as well as renal failure.
 
She was mum to a daughter, twin sons, grand-mum to six and my beloved wife. We are a closely-knit family, and along with her older sister, are in touch with each other on most days.

Despite this background, hope prevailed over preparation, and come the inevitable moment we were not ready.

 
Cilla died after four weeks in Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge, on Christmas Day 2106. The bereavement resources of the hospital swung into action, and helped us focus on what we needed to do. Our next piece of good luck was to be able to retain the services of a first-class local family Funeral Director.
 
We sat down with the Funeral Director, discussed, created a plan and time table, during which our attention was drawn to Sacred Stones, with their recently-created Stone Barrow at Hail Weston, the last main piece of good luck.
 
All the people we encountered along the way were professionals, patient, of kindly disposition, and so helpful - which totally under-states our experience.
 
I don't need to describe Willow Row Barrow. It is beautifully, and accurately portrayed here, and is now the family's spiritual start-point towards eternity.

By Geoff Gidley, June 2017.
 

Testimonials

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When my husband passed away I knew I needed a place to visit.

I had read about Long Cannings In Wiltshire and had decided I liked the idea of a stone barrow. My husband had been an architect and had a keen interest in archaeology and stone constructions.

I read about Willow Barrow and decided it seemed both a perfect place for his ashes and for me to visit. I wanted to experience the sense of the place so visited Willow Barrow last December on a crisp winter day. Walking down to the spinney felt like a pilgrimage and a connection to the nature around. I was amazed at the feelings it evoked once I was inside. The construction was really stunning and the lack of total sound was a unique sensory experience

We placed the ashes on the most beautiful sunny spring day with the sound of birdsong outside and we all felt being in the barrow  had a profound uplifting effect. We lit candles and placed the urn in the niche and it felt peaceful and energising.

The whole experience has been amazingly positive at a time when it could have been total sadness.

The  process of dealing with Toby (and Martin) has always been very supportive sympathetic and kind.

I now have a vision of the barrow in my  memory which I can carry with me at all times and I find that very comforting at a time of profound loss and I can visit in private at any time.

Barbara April 2017