Words are powerful tools, especially in times of high emotion and grief. Increasingly, families choose to Celebrate a Life by way of a personal ceremony. My role as your celebrant is to help guide and support you by creating a fitting farewell service that reflects the character, life and beliefs of the person that has passed away. That may include music, stories, family contributions and personal instructions left behind.
By listening attentively, I will prepare the tribute (Eulogy) based on information shared when I meet with you; I am able help you with your choice of music, hymns, prayers and readings. We can discuss how to include family, friends, children and incorporate symbolic farewell gestures. You may choose to deliver part of the service, or I can present it in its entirety, on your behalf, with the compassion and dignity that you would expect from a seasoned professional.
You will always receive a draft ceremony before the day of the funeral to ensure that you are happy with the content and style.
More often than not, the ceremony takes place in a crematorium or a natural burial ground, however you may not be aware that a funeral service can take place at many other venues where you are not dictated to by stringent timings such as: your home, village hall, or another location that has special meaning.
I would be only too honoured to support you through this difficult time.
Fees: from £220
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Mary Frye, American poet (1905 – 2004)