A funeral is not only a time to say goodbye but also a time to honour the life of the person who is deceased and to pay tribute to the special role they’ve played in the lives of their family and friends. Everyone is unique so a one-size-fits-all funeral service cannot do justice to every individual’s personality. I think it’s important therefore to create a personal service that not only mourns the passing of the deceased but also celebrates their life story.
I am a fully trained and experienced Civil Celebrant; which means that I lead services that are tailored to the wishes and beliefs of the deceased and their loved ones. My own beliefs will not influence the service I arrange on your behalf unless that is relevant to you and you specifically request my input. If you allow me the honour of conducting a service for you, you can rest assured that I will be listening to you and I will carry out your wishes.
“Those who live no more, whom we loved, echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts. And what they did and who they were becomes a part of all we are, forever.”
There are few limits to where a service can be held or to what can be included. If you want a religious service, I will work with you to ensure it is structured in a way that is meaningful to you. If you don’t want any mention of religion at all, I can create a poignant service in thanksgiving for the life of the deceased. And the best thing about my services is that, if you want a mixture of religious and non-religious, you can have that too. Many people tell me they want to reflect the personality of the deceased but they’d still like to include a favourite hymn, prayer or reading. If it’s appropriate, I can provide a ceremony that is spiritual in nature but not religious in the traditional sense. This means that you can mix and match to create a completely bespoke ceremony that reflects your wishes
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened”
I can deliver the entire service if that’s your choice but I welcome the participation of family and friends if they feel able. I will, of course, be on hand to help and guide those who wish to contribute in this way if necessary.
The ceremony can include readings, poetry or music of your choice (I can make suggestions if you need help with this). Something that recently bereaved people don’t always consider is that humour has its place in a funeral service. It is, of course, important to respect the deceased and allow time for grief but laughter can be extremely therapeutic. Including funny memories or silly anecdotes is a wonderful way to celebrate the fact your loved one has played a special role in your life.
As well as traditional, sombre funerals, I’ve officiated at several where all the attendees wore the same bright colour; at one where the deceased was laid to rest in a coffin painted to look like a high speed train; and even one where the family had arranged a DIY funeral and the deceased arrived for the service in a Salford’s hire van
Above all else, the service I provide will be tailored exactly to your wishes; whether that be a traditional service or a more upbeat celebration of life. This is the last act you can perform for someone you love and I want you to be forever proud of the send-off you arrange for them. If you think I can help, please CONTACT me to discuss your requirements. To find out more about me, please click HERE. To read what others think of my services, please click HERE.