Over 250 people attended James´ funeral on Wednesday, 9th January 2002. The service was a moving tribute to an exceptional person who had touched and inspired countless hearts during his short life.
Funeral Service For James Dorrington
9th January 2002
3.30pm 1st speaker:
D:Ream "Things Can Only Get Better"
Elton John "Your Song"
David Gray "Sail Away"
Final Words by Terry Dorrington
Don McLean "American Pie"
4.15pm End of Funeral Service
James´ family received over 80 condolence cards. The expressions of sympathy were all deeply appreciated, being once more a reminder of how special James was. We decided to portray on this webpage a small selection of the thoughts that have been written about James.
"Each life is a miracle that changes the world... and leaves it a better place than it was before!"
"James, you will be missed millions by everyone who knew and loved you. Wherever you are now make sure you carry on as you started out. All my love forever." Shenel
"James, I have known you for 6 years and within those years I have learned that you are one of the strongest people I know, full of confidence in everything you did and never a sad face, even in the hardest times. You were always full of laughter and positive comments. You will never be forgotten." Shelley
"James, your family, friends and girlfriend have done you proud through this whole thing. You were so brave and deserve to be somewhere beautiful." Louise
"James, you were an inspiration to everyone and will be missed greatly. All my love." Holly
I listen to silence and think of you
The bravest person I ever knew.
I don´t understand, can´t comprehend why
Why you of all people had to die.
So full of life was your cheeky face
Never could keep up with your upbeat pace.
Life will go on - but never the same
For I have lost a brave friend called James.
God bless and all my prayers." Karen T.
"James, I think I speak for everyone who met you - you are missed dearly." Charlotte
"One of life´s most traumatic times must be the loss of a loved one. We may experience many conflicting emotions - anger, hurt, sorrow. All of it is part of grieving... something we have to go through until we can come to terms with our loss."
"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond that glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning´s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die"
"The best and most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched they must be felt within the heart."
"Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to eachother that we still are
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you always used.
Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me.
Pray for me, let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect, without the ghost of shaddow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity.
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval somewhere very near, just around the corner...
All is well." Gary and Ruth
"May time, soften your pain
In times of darkness, love sees
In times of silence, love heals
In times of doubt, love hopes
In times of sorrow, love heals
And in all times, love remembers
May time soften the pain
Until all that remains is the warmth of the memories and the love."
The names of the speakers are linked to their corresponding speeches.
To open a copy of the funeral leaflet or of the website cards please double-click the links on the left and wait.