Alison O’Grady

Covid 19.

Funerals: This is a difficult time for us all, so this is just a note to reassure you I am continuing to take funerals, in crematoria and burial grounds, whilst having to observe government requirements for social distancing, and on the numbers of mourners that are allowed to attend. So please get in touch.

I am very aware how hard it is for families not to be able to give their loved ones the funeral ceremony that they would wish. But once the current restrictions are lifted, it will be very possible to hold memorial and celebration of life events in more informal settings , and I look forward to helping families to give their loved ones the send off that they would wish to do.

Humanist funerals are non-religious ceremonies that remember and celebrate a life in a highly personalised way, and rather than slotting a name into the appropriate gaps in a standard service, a humanist funeral is unique and a personal celebration of the life of your loved one.

I live in rural Herefordshire and am available to conduct funeral ceremonies in Herefordshire, Powys, Mid Wales, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.
I’m happy to have an initial discussion by phone, but then always expect to meet face to face to learn about the life of the loved one who has died, to plan the ceremony, to make it absolutely personal and bespoke. Whilst Covid is still with us, sometimes the planning has to be done by phone or by zoom, but wherever possible, I will arrange to come and visit in person.

My contact details are as follows:

T: 01544 327597

M: 07557 057794


And a little about me, so you have a sense of what makes me tick before approaching me to take a ceremony for you! I have worked in the public sector throughout my career, responsible for running mental health services for many years. This has given me a very positive experience of dealing with people from all walks of life, from a range of cultures and with differing beliefs.

We moved to rural Herefordshire a few years ago to live life at a slower pace, and feel very lucky that we have settled here –a very beautiful part of the UK. I am married and we have two adult sons who both live in London.

I am a keen walker and cyclist, and spend as much time as I can out in the back lanes and hills of our local area. We also enjoy walking and cycling on the continent when time allows. I’m a learner gardener and a dog owner with two lovely spaniels. My husband is a great home cook, and I’m a great eater and foodie: the perfect match !