I was once described as the atheist ‘Vicar of Dibley’ and, while I am not as voluptuous as Dawn French, I am someone who enjoys life enormously. My humanist celebrancy work is central to that. I believe in truth, freedom, honesty, generosity and human connectedness. My humanism is about head and heart and so the ceremonies I lead celebrate life and love. A life that has been, a life that has just begun, a commitment to a life together. And I will work with you to make your ceremony everything you want it to be; unique, genuine and entirely right.
I joined the British Humanist Association in 1990, immediately after my father’s funeral which I led. I trained to become a funeral celebrant in 2001 after my mother’s humanist funeral. Since then I have run hundreds of funerals, memorials, weddings, partnerships and baby and child welcoming ceremonies. While I have run high profile funerals for people like Claire Rayner and Linda Smith, most of the ceremonies I lead are for ordinary people like me. I am also one of the British Humanist Association’s trainers, passing on the skills and knowledge gained from my experience. And I am the humanist chaplain for the North London Hospice and have been called to lead many different humanist ceremonies, including Remembrance Day for the London Borough of Ealing, Mother’s Day for Mortlake Crematorium, memorial ceremonies for SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) and Light Up A Life for the North London Hospice.
I don’t lead ceremonies every day because I do this work on principle and I don’t do it primarily for the money; to pay the bills I am a professional communications consultant and trainer (if you are interested take a look at www.carolineblack.com). This means I am sometimes out of the country so do please call me as soon as possible to check the date for your ceremony.
If you are just interested in humanism and want to know more, call me anytime – I love to talk about this subject which I am so passionate about. And it will be lovely to hear from you.