Funerals and Memorials

A Humanist funeral is more than a leave-taking.  It is also the celebration of a life that has ended, and an opportunity to share memories of the person who has died and to consider the influence they have had on other people, their family, and their friends.

If you choose me to be your funeral celebrant, I will talk with you to find out about the person who has died and arrange a ceremony which suits you and your family’s needs.  I will write and conduct the funeral ceremony and I can include tributes, readings and music you have chosen.  If family and friends wish to read or speak that is always welcome but not essential.

These are some comments from families:

Jackie far exceeded our expectations. We wanted a tribute/memories based ceremony which resulted in lots of emailed tributes and phone calls in a short amount of time that required the draft of the ceremony to be continually updated. On the day Jackie spoke really well giving feeling to the tributes and managed the ceremony in a very smooth way. I feel we were lucky to have Jackie and would thoroughly recommend her to anyone else.

Jacqueline supported us to manage and plan the service we wanted for our 13 year old son, which resulted in a dignified, highly personal service. Jacqueline was genuinely interested in our family and ensuring she did what we wanted for our son.

Lots of communication to get wording exactly right. Very good.

I am also a Humanist member of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital chaplaincy team offering spiritual and pastoral support to non-religious people who are patients in the hospital as well as to their families.


I have conducted funeral ceremonies at the Exeter and Devon Crematorium, East Devon Crematorium, and at Beer Cross Woodland Burials. You can contact me directly for more information about Humanist funerals and memorials or you can ask your funeral director to contact me.

A Celtic Well Wishing
The peace of running water to you,
The peace of flowing air to you,
The peace and quiet earth to you,
The peace of shining stars to you,
And the love and the care of us all to you.