Andrew Bone

How I came to be a funeral celebrant is on this page. Please do look at my testimonials page for samples of feedback, which I have gratefully received from people.

Both my sister and my dad received Humanist funerals and I was very much involved in the planning and delivery of their separate ceremonies. I felt so grateful that ceremonies could be created that were uniquely right for them, that I wanted to be able to offer this service to other people. This is why I trained as a celebrant with Humanists UK.

It’s a huge privilege to be able help people at this very specific time of need. As well as it being a respectful goodbye, a funeral ceremony can also be a celebration of a person’s life. With carefully chosen stories, poems, readings, music choices and other contributions, a Humanist funeral ceremony is an opportunity to truly reflect and remember a person’s unique way of experiencing the world.

Should you wish to use me, we can meet and talk about your loved one’s life, work and interests, before working towards devising the ‘perfect’ ceremony for them. You may wish to leave everything up to me, and that is also absolutely fine. I can suggest a variety of potential readings or poetry which may be suitable.

In advance of the ceremony, I always check that you are completely happy with the tribute for the service.

I work mostly in South East London, but am more than happy to make arrangements to travel. Currently, family commitments mean that I can only take on a few ceremonies a year.

andrew.bone@humanistceremonies.org.uk