‘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
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