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Hester Brown

Funerals and memorial ceremonies

If you have just lost a loved one and are thinking about a non-religious funeral, please get in touch.

I can answer your questions and help you create a funeral which is right for you and your loved ones.

You can either follow the formal ceremony – with tribute, committal, readings and music – or design an alternative ceremony.

You can read, and lead some of the funeral yourselves, or leave it all to me.

A humanist funeral is a celebration of the person’s life as well as a time to mourn and say goodbye. Humanism is just a very positive way of looking at the world that gives equal value to every human being and sees death as an important moment to come together and remember our own mortality.

Sometimes it makes more sense to have a very simple funeral, followed by a memorial service some weeks or months later, when you have had the time to discuss and arrange things. I can also help here.


If you want a wonderful ceremony to celebrate your baby, child or children, but not a religious one, then a humanist naming is the answer.

Humanist ceremonies celebrate human life, love and relationships in a way which brings people together irrespective of their background or tradition, by focusing on shared values.

Your naming ceremony can be as formal or informal as you like, and held at home or in a venue of your choice.

I will help you create an occasion which is memorable and meaningful to you.

You can contact me on my mobile: 07791 460 552

or landline: 0208 465 0298

or email: hester.brown@humanistceremonies.org.uk

I work mostly in South East London and surrounding parts of Kent and can travel on occasion. I am part of the local Humanists UK celebrants’ network. Between us we can ensure that a humanist celebrant is available whenever required.


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