About Janet Powell


Any funeral should; honour and celebrate the life of the person who has died, be a place for the loss of that person to be publicly acknowledged and a time for others to show their appreciation of that individual to those who grieve. There is only one chance to do this and it must be right.

A Humanist funeral is simply a non-religious ceremony that can be a fitting way to say goodbye to someone who has lived their life without a religion. This ceremony can take place in a crematorium, a burial site or indeed any fitting venue as a memorial service.

My aim is to offer a dignified funeral service that is as individual as the person whose life we are honouring whilst also acknowledging the meaning that life gave to those who are grieving. Each family will be treated with respect and with compassion.

I was for many years a senior Nurse and although now retired, I continue to call upon the lifetime of skills that I developed over these years.
I was bought up within a Christian family and have much respect for those with a faith. I believe that we have one life which we shape and that we should always seek to treat those around us with warmth, understanding and respect. I perceive Humanistic values and beliefs as something positive.

As an accredited celebrant with Humanists UK I have been trained to a high standard and by undertaking continuous professional development I am able to maintain these standards. I have also signed up to abide by the code of professional conduct with the celebrant accord.
Our organisation offers a supportive network of celebrants who provide a reliable and professional service. We ensure that every service has a celebrant to ‘cover’ should one of us suddenly become ill.
I work collaboratively with Ruth Chase and the other celebrants within the Wessex Network.


I can be contacted directly by email or phone or via your Funeral Director.

Please view the ‘Funeral’ page for more details.


My colleagues and I wish to provide continuing support to bereaved families during this difficult time. Humanist ceremonies are always very personal and adaptable and therefore various meaningful ways to honour a life and to say goodbye are being explored.
As advice changes, we will continue to monitor this, to listen to and adhere to the latest scientific guidance and government instructions.
For the time being it will not be possible to meet with bereaved families in their own homes, but all the other methods of discussing possible ways forward with you will be offered.
I always work closely with the funeral director and together we will be able to advise on the latest restrictions at crematoria and burial grounds. For example, this maybe on the numbers able to attend a service, or the possibility of live streaming into mourners’ homes, a direct cremation (no one in attendance) or a memorial service.
Our network of local celebrants always ensures that a ‘back-up’ celebrant is available for any unexpected illness and we are in constant contact with each other during these ‘different’ times to make sure there is always someone on ‘standby’.
Memorial services can always be held in a suitable venue later, regardless of if a small funeral has been possible or not.
As a retired Nurse I have been invited to rejoin the register and have returned to Nursing from time to time and will do for the duration of the State of Emergency. Therefore I may not be easy to contact right away. However do please contact me via email and we can arrange a time to discuss your individual family situation.

Spoken by Lyra in The Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
When you go out of here, all the particles that make you up will loosen and float apart …. If you’ve seen people dying, you know what that looks like. ….. All the atoms that were them, they’ve gone into the air and the wind and the trees and the earth and all the living things. They’ll never vanish. They’re just part of everything.”