In the Spring of 1928, Bishop Chevasse, “The People’s Bishop” was buried in the precinct of Liverpool Cathedral in the founder’s plot. The British Pathe video of the burial shows the ceremony that surrounded this, the “numerous” clergy that attended and the crowds that turned out to pay their respects.
In the Spring of 2015, Mr and Mrs Miller, a former plater and a former cleaner, had their ashes interned in the precinct of Liverpool Cathedral in the founder’s plot. There’s no video footage of the short ceremony that accompanied this, the two clergy in attendance and the handful of family members that turned out to pay their respects.
Mr and Mrs Miller were never people of great fortune. They never owned their own home. Mrs Miller never left a will, just a letter saying who the few pieces of family jewellery she owned should go to. The couple never got into debt, they saved for the luxuries they wanted and enjoyed them all the more for it. They worked all of their lives and raised a family. They always had a roof over their heads and food on the table. They loved each other and their family dearly and they were loved in return. Thanks to Mrs Miller and her mother’s service as cleaners, (not lawyers, doctors, bankers) at Liverpool cathedral, their earthly remains ended up just a few metres away from those of a great bishop in the grounds of a magnificent cathedral.
Mr and Mrs Miller made the best of what they had, did what they had to do, not what they ought. They enjoyed every step of their journey and ended up, both in life and death, in places they never imagined.
Make the best of what you have. Do what makes you happy. Life is short.