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Advance Funeral Wishes

Advance Funeral Wishes

I have had a number of enquiries recently from people interested in recording their Advance Funeral Wishes and planning their own funeral. Contemplating your own death can raise all sorts of emotions and is therefore something many of us avoid or defer. There are some...
Legal Status of Wedding Celebrants

Legal Status of Wedding Celebrants

What is the legal status of wedding ceremonies conducted by an Independent Civil Wedding Celebrant such as myself? In England and Wales, as the law currently stands, the only places where a marriage has legal status is in church, a registry office or a licensed...
History of Handfasting

History of Handfasting

The history of handfasting as a ceremony of the union of a couple in the UK dates back over many thousands of years. Whilst the detail of its origins are a little hazy, it is believed  early handfasting ceremonies and weddings formed part of pagan worship,...

The Cycle of Grief

Grief is a very personal experience, affecting individuals differently and expressed in many ways. There are 5 main stages identified in what is often called the ‘cycle of grief’. It is important to note, however, not everyone will experience all elements, and not...

History of Civil Celebrancy Movement

The civil celebrancy movement and profession began in Australia in 1973 under an initiative by Attorney-General Lionel Murphy. It was driven by a recognition that the existing system was not providing dignity, choice or a spiritual experience for many citizens. At...