Janet Lopacki

Photograph of Janet

I have been a Humanist UK Celebrant for seven years now, and I have to say it is the most rewarding job (if you can call it that!) I have ever done.

I get to meet lovely people, sometimes they are happy occasions and sometimes sad, but always they are ordinary people who have interesting and sometimes extraordinary stories to tell, though few seldom think this is the case.

I strongly believe that non-religious people have the same right as those with religious belief, to celebrate important events in their lives. Be that welcoming a new child into their lives, celebrating love, or a celebration, reflection and personal goodbye to a loved one that has died.

You don’t have to be Humanist to use our services, just a wish to celebrate life changing events in a non-religious way.  Whichever celebration you have in mind, I’m here to help guide you through it.  After meeting with you, to discuss the type of ceremony you need, I work with you to make the day as special and personal as possible.

So am I the right celebrant for you?

A little about me, I was lucky enough to find love at a young age, and married when I was 17, child bride! As it turned out, it was good that we married young, as my husband died when he was only 42, but we did have 24 years of life together.

I worked for social services in Moss Side for many years, where I met some lovely (and not so lovely) people, but it did teach me a lot about life, people and tolerance.

After studying at night school to get the ‘O’ levels I hadn’t achieved at school, I enrolled at university as a mature student. Having got the studying bug in my mid-thirties, with the support of my husband, I went on to get both a BA (Hons) and an MA.

When I left university I had a number of jobs, redundancy from one of these allowed me to follow my dream of becoming a Humanist UK Celebrant.

I have 2 grown up children and 5 grandchildren, 2 of whom are always around, so if you do decide to phone, I apologize in advance for any chaos or bickering in the background, although they do very quickly get banished to another room!

I volunteer for Humanists UK as a ‘Schools Visitor’, which I love doing, some of the best questions I have heard about Humanism have come from groups of primary school children, who seem to easily come to terms with the ideas of an agnostic!

I like nothing better than a night out with the girls, you can’t beat a good meal out.  I really enjoy listening to all types of music, but can never remember song and artist names, as my dismal daily scores to the questions on ‘Ken Bruce’s, Popmaster’, are testament to!

I am an ardent supporter of Salford Red Devils Rugby League team, although not so great on freezing cold wet Friday nights, especially if you’re losing, (except if that’s at the 2019 Grand Final…our finest hour to date!).

Humanist UK North West celebrants are a friendly lot who meet up socially, so I’m able to draw from that network, their vast experience and assistance when necessary, so even if I can’t help you, I’ll know someone that can.

Well now you’ve got to know me, if you want to chat about a ceremony, please do take a look at the relevant pages to the ceremony you require, and get in touch via phone or email to ask any questions or make a booking.