Funerals & Memorial Services

“A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be”

THOMAS LYNCH

It’s natural to feel daunted at the prospect of organising a funeral or memorial service, many decisions need to be made at a time when you can feel least able to make them and this can be overwhelming.  As independent celebrants we help you navigate the options, working with you to create a personalised ceremony which captures and reflects the essence of the person who has died and allows you to say goodbye in a way which works for you. A funeral or memorial should honour the dead and serve the living; it will always be a time of sadness but the right funeral or memorial can also be a source of great comfort – an opportunity to come together to share, remember and celebrate a life.

What we offer

  • A face to face meeting to guide you through options for the ceremony
  • Writing of the eulogy or supporting you to write your own
  • The chance to review the ceremony before the day
  • Suggestions of readings, poems or music
  • Running and delivering the ceremony on the day
  • A printed copy of your ceremony.

Finding a celebrant who you connect with is really important. Get in touch and we will call you for a chat so you can get a feel for whether or not we are right for you.

Fees

Funeral ceremonies from £260

Memorial ceremonies from £350

Funeral for a baby or young child  – no charge

Facts

What is a funeral celebrant?

A funeral celebrant creates and officiates a funeral or celebration of life ceremony.

Does that mean the ceremony won’t include any religious elements?

Not necessarily, we will create a ceremony which reflects the beliefs and wishes of the deceased and those organising the funeral; this can include hymns, prayers and any other religious or spiritual elements.

Can you help me find a funeral director?

Absolutely, we work with a number of funeral directors; once we have an idea about what kind of funeral you are hoping for, we can put you in touch with a funeral director who best suits your needs.

Where will we meet and who should be at the meeting?

In non-Covid times, we would normally come to your home, however we can also arrange a meeting at your funeral director’s premises or another venue if this suits you better. 

During Covid restrictions, we can set up meetings via Zoom. 

We tend to meet with the “chief mourner” or whoever is responsible for organising the funeral or memorial service. However, we are happy for you to invite anyone else you feel should attend (family or friend), although it is worth bearing in mind that it often easier to make the important decisions with the help of only a few key people.

How can I best prepare for our meeting?

Prior to our meeting, it might be useful to have a think about the following things in order to help us get an insight into the life, character, beliefs and values of the person who has died. These include:

  • Any significant music, readings or prayers you would like to include
  • Any beliefs or values- religious or otherwise
  • Which people played a significant part in their life
  • Significant events, stories and anecdotes from their life
  • Their work, hobbies and interests
  • How they would wish to be remembered

Can I write and deliver elements of the funeral or ceremony such as the eulogy myself?

Absolutely, we can support you in this and will always be on standby to step in if it all becomes too much on the day.

How long will the ceremony last?

This depends on the venue and type of ceremony you opt for; cremation ceremonies typically last 25-45 minutes, if you feel you need more time you can speak to your funeral director about the possibility of booking a double slot. Other types of funeral ceremony such as a natural burial or a funeral or memorial ceremony held in an alternative venue allow for more time flexibility.

What will happen on the day?

We will arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before the service to check everything is in place and will have already liaised with you and the funeral director about all aspects of the service. We will be there when you arrive and directly after the service and will be on hand should you have any questions or concerns.

Are you insured?

We are registered members of the International College of Professional Celebrants and are covered by their Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.

 

Get in touch

Finding a celebrant who you connect with is really important. Get in touch and we will call you for a chat so you can get a feel for whether or not we are right for you.

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