Ceremonies meet our deepest need to mark important life events; I’m passionate about offering you a ceremony that suits your background, lifestyle and culture.
I conduct all kinds of ceremonies: namings for babies and children; adoption ceremonies; coming of age for young people; weddings, partnerships and renewal of vows; funerals and memorial services.
I came to be a celebrant through personal experience of having a Humanist wedding and the Humanist funeral of my partner. When my children were born over 30 years ago I didn’t know that non-religious naming ceremonies were possible, so we missed out as a family.
During a long and varied career, I’ve always worked with lots of different people in community development, teaching, counselling and health promotion, but so far, nothing beats the reward and satisfaction I get from my work as a Humanist celebrant!
What I love most about my role is the magic of creating a ceremony out of the experiences and stories told to me by you, whether you are an engaged couple, new parents or recently bereaved. My first meeting with you is crucial for listening to your thoughts, ideas and feelings; only then do I begin to write a draft ceremony. My job is to turn all the information you tell me into a unique and personal ceremony for you. My approach is to work alongside you and support you to have a truly memorable occasion.
I can advise on poems, music and readings and suggest ideas for making a ceremony more interesting and help you and your guests to take part.
I live near Rugby, Warwickshire, and will normally travel up to an hour from my home to meet families and conduct ceremonies. I’m also willing to travel abroad if it is practical.