The funeral service was held at 2pm on 28th September at Shamley Green Woodland Burials.
As we were unable to hold a funeral wake at this time, we hope to hold a commemoration in the future.
At Shamley Green Woodland Burials, a tree is planted at each burial place that will eventually become a natural woodland. This will create a nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust. We have chosen to have a natural burial that reflects Hien’s and our family’s care and love for nature.
There are a few differences from a burial at an ordinary cemetery:
• A less deep grave
• A fully biodegradable coffin
• No headstone – a small plaque is used instead
This allows the remains to return to the earth more quickly and maintain the natural integrity of the nature reserve.
Shamley Green is located at Oakfield Wood, Guildford Road, Shamley Green GU5 0SQ.
We were Autmn children,
Playing in the full moon.
Our season was one of storm,
Wind blowing, moments tranquil.
Leaf falling, life giving soft humus,
Letting light in and in the darkness growth,
Now the rain falls down the window panes,
And my tears.
You are gone,
But your presence remains.
Winter threatens, deep Winter threatens.
But in your Autumn rest,
Peace in a World at war.
And a smile never to be forgotten.
Rest in peace dear Hien, I would have loved to have known you more . I was very proud to have been your bride’s maid at your and David’s wedding . Such a lovely day..much love xx
Hien, it is with fond memories that I write this tribute. You came into our life- into David’s life- a rare orchid grown through the tropical sun and rain. I remember our trip on the boat to France and going on alone to Paris to buy your traditional Vietnamese wedding dress! That was an adventure- and on your wedding day you were resplendent walking down the aisle in that little Somerset village church while our Dad took the wedding for his eldest son. We welcomed you into our family. Lan Rachel arrived and I met her as a newborn baby in your arms in the hospital ward. Now she is all grown up and thriving (PhD no less!) thanks to your wise choice of home and school and nurturing by you and David. Antony was born and then you were 4. Antony- musician, linguist and protector of wildlife. Some holidays in the south west in the early days were very special times. I remember well the time you rode on the back of my tandem and David followed on a solo bike and we caught 2 trout for our tea! Lan and James’ wedding was such a special day for the whole family and it was so lovely to share that with some of your extended family. We did not see you so much in recent years but I am so glad that I did see you briefly in the summer of 2020 on a “Covid safe” visit, sleeping in a tent in your garden! I am sad that I did not get to know you more. But I am glad for your life and the joy you have brought to my brother David and your family even through some tough times. There is so much we do not yet understand this side of eternity. One day we shall see more clearly when the Light reveals everything.