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)