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.
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.
'Thank you for the outstanding support and sensitive advice you gave my wife and I in the preparation for the funeral of my mother. The tone and format you adopted was spot on and eased our way wonderfully. You are very skilful at reading people.'