Many people agree that a humanist, non-religious, funeral provides a more appropriate way of coming to terms with the ending of a loved one’s life, and commemorating that life, than a religious service.
Humanist funerals focus on appreciating the life, personality and achievements of the person who has died – and on the memories which they leave behind. Each ceremony provides a memorable, dignified, fitting and sensitive reflection on that person’s life. And each one is unique.
I prepare and lead non-religious funeral and memorial ceremonies as one of the British Humanist Association’s national network of celebrants. I live in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, and carry out ceremonies mainly in south east Wales – including Newport and Cardiff – and in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and Bristol areas.
I know how important it is that we mark such events in our lives as the loss of a loved one. Participating in a funeral ceremony that celebrates a life, as well as acknowledging the sadness of the occasion, can be immensely helpful to family and friends in coming to terms with what has happened.
My job is to work as closely as possible with family and friends to prepare and deliver a ceremony which is designed and tailored to each particular set of circumstances. I always craft a unique ceremony to meet your needs, and I am able to deliver this sensitively and to the highest professional standards. For me, it is an honour and privilege to help people arrange a fitting ceremony to mark the end of a life.
Humanists are non-religious people who live by moral principles based on reason and respect for others. We promote happiness and fulfilment in this life because we believe we have only one life to live, and that we should work together to make the very best of it. I was impressed by a humanist funeral I attended, and trained as a funeral celebrant in 2009 after my local government career came to an end. I had been a humanist for many years before then – but without ever realising it, or joining an organisation!
My personal background, career, interests and training have equipped me with all the skills needed to script and lead a ceremony which is unique, and handled sympathetically.
My fees accord with a tariff agreed by the British Humanist Association, and are normally paid through the funeral director. A proportion of each fee goes towards training and quality standards, and towards the Humanist Ceremonies network, in which celebrants share and develop best practice. I am covered by the BHA’s Commitment to Quality and Code of Conduct.
Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email – my contact details are in the right hand column.