About Helen Smith

Humanist celebrant

Helen Smith

I’ve been conducting Humanist funerals across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside for the last three years. I really enjoy listening to people’s stories and feel privileged to be alongside them at an important time in their lives.

As a child I thought a lot about life and death and I actually planned a rather impractical burial for myself when I was eight. My parents were members of the British Humanist Association and I used to listen in on their discussions. I became  a History teacher, and I always enjoyed introducing children to local history, and using oral memories to help them explore the past. On holiday I often seemed to end up exploring ancient burial mounds and I also wrote short stories and had some published.

It’s as if my life was preparing me to become a Humanist celebrant; preparing me to provide funeral ceremonies which are fitting and true and which do justice to those who have died.