Your life is unique and the commemoration of your death should be too.
A funeral is a time to express grief in a last goodbye that honours a life led, it is an opportunity to recognise the true character, values and beliefs of the person who has died and a time for support, comfort and a reflection as friends and family start to come to terms with their loss.
Funeral ceremonies can involve as many friends and family as you wish, they can introduce poems or readings that they would like to read or I can design and lead the whole ceremony. I respect everybody’s beliefs and spirituality, ultimately the content of the funeral service will be of the family’s choosing.
Traditional Funerals, or Celebrations of Life, have been conducted by a member of Clergy for a religious ceremony or by a Humanist for a Non-Religious ceremony, but what if you don't know the beliefs of the loved one or you want to hedge your bets with The Lord's Prayer?
As an Independent Celebrant, I can introduce as much or as little religion into a ceremony as you feel appropriate, this can be from mixed faiths or be based on a spiritual belief but not preferring one particular religion over another.
The key to being able to celebrate a person's life and honouring their death is that the ceremony reflects their words, deeds and character.
If you want to have a favourite song sung, a gin and tonic with the coffin and have us all wear their favourite football strip or colours, then that is what we will do.
Of course, you don't have to be dead to have your wishes met at the end of your life and I am happy to help you plan your farewells before it is time to leave this mortal coil.
This option takes the worry out of things for loved ones left behind and the ceremony script is held in trust for when it is needed, all you need to do is let your next of kin know what action has been taken and where to find my contact details for when the time comes.
I’ll spend as much time with you as you need, to help you develop the
service with words, music, poems, readings, and flowers.
You can choose to have hymns that resonate with your family and childhood, or more popular or classical music that evokes precious memories of special times, or a combination of both.
I am here to help, not to take over unnecessarily. If you would prefer
to have a friend or family member lead the ceremony then I can support
with the designing of it so that all the personal elements you want are
included, along with the
practical necessities of a burial or cremation, whether that
is at a crematorium, natural burial ground, memorial or scattering of
If you would like to discuss my services further, please complete the form opposite, and, once submitted, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
I will usually respond within 24 hours.
Thanks for your interest.