Hello, my name is Lorraine Barrett and I conduct humanist, or non-religious, funeral and baby Naming ceremonies.
I live in Penarth, and work mainly in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan areas, as well as Bridgend and the Valleys.
I started working life as a nurse, and was a Member of the Welsh Assembly from 1999 until 2011 when I chose to retire. I am also Patron of the Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth. I have a daughter and son and two delightful grand-daughters.
Having been an atheist since my teens, I discovered the British Humanist Association in later life and realised that I was really a humanist. I am very much a people person and having lost close family members I have great empathy with recently bereaved families. Being a mother and grand-mother I also know the joy that babies and young children can bring and I enjoy celebrating with families who choose a Naming Ceremony for their little one. You can find more information by clicking on the ‘Namings’ tab at the top of the page.
I trained as a celebrant with the BHA in 2008 and after conducting my first funeral, I knew I was doing something very special. I have met so many lovely families and it is a privilege to help and support them at such a sad time in their lives, and I always say to families ‘I’m here for you’. I spend quite a bit of time with my families as I feel it is important to get to know them as best I can, so that I can bring a personal touch to the funeral when I talk about their loved one.
Some families have firm ideas of the music they want but I’m always happy to make suggestions if needed. Some family members or friends like to speak at the funeral, whilst others are content for me to speak on their behalf. Humanist funerals are personal and dignified and my experience is that families and friends go home feeling that their loved one had the perfect send off which reflected just who they were.
You can find more information on the ‘Funerals’ tab at the top of the page and I am always happy to discuss any ceremonies in more detail with you.