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Funerals & Memorials

There is no easy or painless way to say goodbye to someone we love.

There is no easy or painless way to say goodbye to someone we love. A ceremony that honours their life, celebrates their achievements and remembers them for the person they were can, however, bring comfort to those left behind, as well as helping their memory to live on.

As an independent celebrant I work with you to create, deliver and facilitate unique farewell and memorial ceremonies, reflecting the life and personality of the individual.  I will provide support and guidance to ensure a ceremony that is dignified, personal and uplifting. The ceremony can have religious content or be without and I welcome contributions from family and friends.

I can also help you to plan your own goodbye through advanced funeral planning, help create and lead a celebration of life ceremony for people with limited life expectancy due to age or illness, or  say a dignified farewell to a beloved pet.

To speak to me directly to find out more about how I can make a difference please contact me.

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Funerals

When you have to say ‘goodbye’ to someone you love, you want the occasion to be dignified and respectful; personal and heartfelt; comforting and uplifting.

As a Community Celebrant I work with you and your family to create and deliver a unique and personalised ceremony. I offer guidance, support and advice to help ensure the farewell for your loved one is exactly right for you and your family.

Memorials

There may be a number of reasons why you are planning to hold a memorial ceremony. It may be instead of a funeral where there is no burial or cremation (for example if someone has donated their body for medical research or was lost at sea), or where the person opted for direct cremation, and so there was no funeral associated with this.

Alternatively, perhaps the funeral was for family members only or too far away for some people to get to. It may be you wish to commemorate a particular anniversary of the loss of a loved one or to remember and honour a group of people.  A short memorial service is also sometimes held when scattering the ashes of a love one.

Services include

  • Usually a visit to your home to discuss your wishes
  • Detailed planning and preparation of the ceremony in full consultation with you and your family
  • Help to select music and readings if required
  • Guidance on writing a tribute if you wish to do this yourselves
  • Leading the ceremony on the day
  • A keepsake copy of your ceremony
  • Usually a visit to your home to discuss your wishes
  • Detailed planning and preparation of the ceremony in full consultation with you and your family
  • Help to select music and readings if required
  • Guidance on writing a tribute if you wish to do this yourselves
  • Leading the ceremony on the day
  • A keepsake copy of your ceremony

Advance Funeral Wishes

When we lose someone we love, it is not just our emotions we have to cope with. There are many practicalities to arrange such as registering the death and notifying the relevant authorities, as well as all the funeral arrangements.  At such a difficult and stressful time, knowing they are carrying out the wishes of their loved one can ease their burden and bring considerable relief.

Sometimes there are different views about how a funeral should be conducted within families, so leaving clear instructions can help avoid such difficulties. Furthermore, as well as stating any specific instructions about funeral arrangements, music, readings, poems or prayers you want to include,  there is the opportunity to leave words of love and comfort to those you leave behind.

Advance Funeral Wishes

When we lose someone we love, it is not just our emotions we have to cope with. There are many practicalities to arrange such as registering the death and notifying the relevant authorities, as well as all the funeral arrangements.  At such a difficult and stressful time, knowing they are carrying out the wishes of their loved one can ease their burden and bring considerable relief.

Sometimes there are different views about how a funeral should be conducted within families, so leaving clear instructions can help avoid such difficulties. Furthermore, as well as stating any specific instructions about funeral arrangements, music, readings, poems or prayers you want to include,  there is the opportunity to leave words of love and comfort to those you leave behind.

Services include

  • Usually a visit to your home to discuss your wishes
  • Detailed planning and preparation of the ceremony in full consultation with you and your family
  • Help to select music and readings if required
  • Guidance on writing a tribute if you wish to do this yourselves
  • Leading the ceremony on the day
  • A keepsake copy of your ceremony
  • Usually a visit to your home to discuss your wishes
  • Detailed planning and preparation of the ceremony in full consultation with you and your family
  • Help to select music and readings if required
  • Guidance on writing a tribute if you wish to do this yourselves
  • Leading the ceremony on the day
  • A keepsake copy of your ceremony

Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life ceremony is usually held towards the end of someone’s life, either because they have a terminal illness or simply because they are elderly and wish to take the opportunity to step back and reflect surrounded by those who have traveled some of their journey with them, and represent the legacy they will leave behind.

And as well as being a lovely experience for the individual, a Celebration of Life ceremony also provides a wonderful chance for family and friends to let someone know how much they are valued and appreciated.

Pet Funerals

Every pet owner knows that a loved pet is more than just an animal – they are part of the family. When a pet dies, for many of us the grief can be as great as if we had lost a person.

A heartfelt, dignified ceremony enables you to honour and give thanks for the life of your pet and all they brought to your life.

Pet Funerals

Every pet owner knows that a loved pet is more than just an animal – they are part of the family. When a pet dies, for many of us the grief can be as great as if we had lost a person.

A heartfelt, dignified ceremony enables you to honour and give thanks for the life of your pet and all they brought to your life.