Funerals and Memorials

 

My role as a funeral celebrant is to visit a family at their time of loss and to help them to find the story they want to remember their loved one by.  This is achieved by sensitive listening to the stories you have about them: what was this person like? How would you define their character and characteristics? What made them laugh and cry? How did they live, love and work?

Developing the ceremony is a  collaborative process where I take the responsibility for crafting the ceremony but where your thoughts, your memories, your words are drawn together. Your choice of music, poetry and readings is also important and it is my role to reassure you that whatever you want the ceremony to be like, we can work towards making that happen.  

“Thank you so much for conducting such a beautiful service yesterday.  It was a wonderful celebration of Chris’ life and such a fitting way for all of our family and friends to say farewell to him.  The Natural Burial Ground at the Sustainability Centre is a very special, tranquil and beautiful place and you made the whole service and the committal dignified yet extremely touching.  Heartfelt thanks from us all” G, P, P, T and C. (September, 2016)

“A short mail to thank you for your great help with the funeral of my father. Your involvement in the last two weeks has helped his three children –  to work through our sadness and to understand his passing as a life event; and yesterday, you enabled us all – his many friends and wider family –  to participate collectively, in a ceremony which was a true celebration of his full life, in its many facets. Thank you. “
“I have witnessed you taking three different ceremonies. And, you make it seem as if you know the people.  It’s a very moving process to see you work, and I know we don’t share the same views but I so respect what you do.” (CofE Minister attending a funeral in February 2015)