Choose a humanist funeral for your loved one (or for yourself!)

Ring me on 0779 304 7887

Whether your feelings about God and Religion are not clear cut, a Humanist funeral can be right for you. Religious folk too are frequently impressed by a humanist funeral.

You will have me listen to the story of your beloved’s life so that I can draft a lovely funeral.

This will include your own choices of music, readings and tributes from those who you are happy to speak.

You will be surprised how different family members or friends of the deceased can often throw quite different light on a person’s life!

You will want to mention those treasured memories which say so much about a person’s character.  I will ask to see a picture of your loved one and to listen to some of the music they loved, to get a better feel for him or her as a person.

You will then receive my draft script for your comments, correction and for further suggestions. And of course I liaise with the funeral director.

And if you want for instance a religious piece of music because you or the deceased find enjoyment in it, or it brings back happy memories, you can have it in the ceremony.

And afterwards you can opt to have the funeral ceremony stored in the Bishopsgate Archive for future generations to be able to consult

Ask me too to conduct an ashes centred funerals and to discuss advance preparation of funerals.

Ring me on 0779 304 7887

Or contact me on guy.otten@humanist    IMG_20141029_152618


Thank you for conducting such a wonderful and fitting service for my father today. It was enjoyed and appreciated by all. (Douglas McGeorge)

We are writing this to thank you for your contribution last week in helping make dad’s celebration such a success. We feel that dad would have been proud of all of us in organising the day so perfectly, and even more so if he were able to see just how many people attended. He chose you to be the celebrant and you didn’t let any of us down. (Ben Rice)

The celebration of Jeff’s life went just as I had hoped. It was very moving and a fitting memory of Jeff. (Penny Whitney)

So once again thank you so much, you took a great deal of pressure off me in particular, during a very difficult time. (Diane Langley)

The top right photograph was taken by Edwina  Cagol, Photographer ( and published with her permission and that of the bereaved