When someone dies we only get one chance to say goodbye...
It can be a daunting time. We are grieving yet at the same time having to make those important decisions about a loved one’s funeral service.
Should it be traditional? Does it have to be religious? What music or poems should I choose? How can I make sure it is what he/she would have wanted? How do I make sure everyone feels included?
As an Independent Funeral Celebrant I will be with you every step of the way, to explore the options, to discuss and plan the service, right through to the ceremony itself.
A Celebrant led service is a ‘celebration of life’
It can be totally non-religious or you may wish to include an element of religion or spirituality, such as a prayer or a hymn. There are no rules, it really is ‘your choice, your voice, your ceremony’.
I will visit you at home and spend time listening to your memories and wishes, and guiding you through the process. Working with you I will create a personalised, unique service that will reflect your loved one’s personality and celebrate the life they lived. This includes crafting the eulogy or tribute on your behalf, which I always send to you for approval. As I said we only get one chance to say goodbye and my aim is to ensure you are absolutely satisfied with my interpretation.
The ceremony usually takes place at a crematorium or a chapel but can be at a place of your choice as a memorial service. On the day I will be there to meet you, working alongside the Funeral Director and the Chapel staff to support you through the service.
‘We had so many comments about how lovely the service was and how it seemed like you knew grandad. Thank you again for making the day that little bit easier.’
‘Just a few words to say thank you for a wonderful service yesterday at dad’s funeral. On a sad day you put into words our thoughts, as if you had met him which was a real nice touch. Again thank you for the service, it really was heart felt.’
‘At the very beginning you gave me assurance that everything would be alright, and it was. I can never thank you enough for taking all our information and presenting it in such a beautiful way.’
‘It was a lovely service. You made a very sad day something to remember in the best of ways.’
‘We were deeply touched and moved by the way you spoke about dad. We have had so many lovely compliments about you and I have been asked by several people how they would contact you as and when the need to.’
‘We can't thank you enough for your time and wonderful support over the last couple of weeks. Your words and sentiments through the service were perfect and fitted the occasion so aptly. There aren't words adequate enough to express our gratitude.’
‘We have had some great feedback from our clients and other branches and even the crematorium staff at how personal and professional your services are. It’s great to have someone so reliable to recommend to our families.’ (Dignity Funeral Directors)