Ed Hardy


Organising a funeral or memorial ceremony for someone you love can be hard.

Not only are you unlikely to have much experience of the process, but you’re probably not in the best frame of mind to give it the time and thought it needs, either. What kind of ceremony is right? Where should you hold it? What should you say? Who should be involved? What about music, poetry, readings? And are there rules about how it should all be done?

I can help you with all these things: just call me on 07753 679050, or email ed.hardy@humanistceremonies.org.uk.

Most people start the process by choosing a funeral director to work with. This can be the easiest option as a good one will make sure all the paperwork is done properly: you can find your nearest funeral directors by searching online. There are plenty of resources available online to help you, and a good place to start is the Natural Death Centre.

Once the basic legal requirements are taken care of, the rest is completely up to you – and this is where I can help.  I’d welcome the chance to talk you through the options available: I’m experienced in all sorts of humanist and non-religious ceremonies from those at traditional crematoria to woodland burials, and from ashes interments to joyous celebrations of life held in venues as diverse as village halls, public gardens and art galleries. I’ll work closely with you to create the perfect ceremony, making sure you achieve just the balance of celebration and commemoration that you want.

Call me at any time on 07753 679050, or email ed.hardy@humanistceremonies.org.uk – or ask your funeral director to contact me, if applicable.




I live in Liphook in Hampshire with my wife and two children. I was born in Nottingham, grew up in Torquay in Devon, and went to University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. My ‘first career’ was in advertising and marketing agencies, working with businesses all over the world – but for the last ten years I’ve been dividing my time between marketing consultancy, freelance journalism and my work as a humanist funeral and wedding celebrant.

I conducted my first ceremony nearly twenty years ago, then found myself being asked to do more ceremonies for friends and family over the years. I found the process of meeting people and creating ceremonies so rewarding that eventually I trained with Humanists UK and am now a fully accredited funeral and wedding celebrant.

I’m constantly amazed by how powerful just talking can be as a part of the process of coming to terms with the death of someone you love – and I never forget what a privilege it is to work with people when they’re experiencing such challenging and difficult times.





“We really can’t thank you enough for the way you helped us give Dad the perfect send-off today. You appealed to everyone, whatever their faith or belief system: everyone told us they thought the combination of  the content of the service, you as celebrant and the location really did Dad justice. Thanks also for the beautifully bound copy of the ceremony script; a lovely surprise which we’ll hold close to our hearts.”

Andrew Morris


“I wanted to thank you once more for the excellent service you wrote for mum’s funeral. So many people came up to me afterwards to say how much they had appreciated it, and for me personally I feel we gave her the best possible send-off. Your delivery and pacing of the service was just right, but also your diligent research into the finer details of mum’s life made for a really interesting story. The printed transcript of the service was an extra detail I wasn’t expecting, and very much appreciated – such a lovely touch.  I would not hesitate in future to recommend you to any friends or family looking for an alternative humanist funeral or wedding service.”

Viveca Koh


“Anne and I would like to thank you so much for officiating at the interment on Friday, it was just perfect. Also, a huge thank you for all the work you did for the funeral. You were so kind and thoughtful in your words, it just captured mum and dad’s lives perfectly. Having never attended a celebrant service before we were all very impressed by it and will certainly recommend anyone who is undecided, to you. You were brilliant, thank you! “

Joy Steel


“Just a note to once again thank you for yesterday. We all thought it was a lovely service and that you were brilliant.  You did a great job in presenting the service and we could not have been more pleased.”

Angus Kinnear


“The service was all that I had hoped it would be. Ed made it humorous and worded the eulogy with much thought. A smile rather than tears for everyone.”

Pamela Chandler


“Thank you for your central role in yesterday’s cremation service for Charlotte. We all agreed that you were just the right person to take us through a heart-breaking but memorable service. You added just the right mix of gravity and understanding – we could not have been blessed with a more suitable celebrant.”

Ian Garnett


“Thank you for all your hard work and kindness at what became an increasingly difficult time for us all. Many people of all ages and backgrounds at the reception commented on how perfect they thought the service was and how well they thought you carried out your role, delivering such a sincere and touching ceremony.”

Karen Humfress


“Thank you for all you did yesterday: it was, as my Dad would say, a ‘first class performance’. Thank you once more.”

John Conner


“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for conducting the ceremony for us. It meant so much to us to have somebody who had clearly listened so well to our recollections of mum, and represented them in such a well phrased, balanced way, with more than a hint of humour too. I would also like to particularly thank you for the delivery of my daughter’s poem, which, to me, felt just right.”

Tina Harris-Ross


“Thank you so much for being the perfect celebrant. Your balance of gravitas, emotion and warmth was exactly what we needed, and we loved it.”

Marc, Matt and Vi Eldridge


“Your ceremony was quite lovely. Great choice of readings, and a perfect tone.”

Tim Corrie



Call me at any time on 07753 679050, or email ed.hardy@humanistceremonies.org.uk – or ask your funeral director to contact me, if applicable.