Funerals

A Humanist funeral ceremony is all about celebrating the life that has ended, caring for those left behind, and enabling friends and family to come together in a mutually supportive atmosphere at a sad time. A Humanist ceremony is a good choice for anyone who wants a non-religious funeral and who feels that a religious service would be inappropriate. I am happy to conduct ceremonies at most venues including: crematoriums, woodland and narural burial grounds, cemeteries and at a places special to the deceased.

‘Simon displayed such great empathy, compassion and care’

How does it work?

If you are arranging a funeral, whether through a funeral director or not, you can contact me direct (details are on the right). Once you have chosen a funeral director, give them my details. Alternatively, after choosing a funeral director, tell them you would like me to officiate, and they will contact me. Do get in touch with me as soon as possible so that this important ceremony is in my diary. I will come and visit you to discuss the person you have lost, their life, their work and interests, any family stories, any recollections you may have. We can talk about music, readings and poems that perhaps meant something to them and you would like. I will prepare a fitting, meaningful and personal tribute and ceremony.

After the ceremony I give a copy of the script to the family to keep.

“He helped us celebrate my father’s life in such a way, that to this day I still feel at peace.”

Memorial services and scattering of ashes

A memorial ceremony following cremation or burial may be held at a wide range of venues and I can conduct one on the same day as the funeral, or at a later time. This also applies to the interment or scattering of ashes, which can be done at a crematorium, woodland burial park, cemetery, or at a place special to the deceased.

“It was just how we wanted it – simple and dignified.”