What I do
I offer funerals, scatterings or burials of ashes, and memorial ceremonies − all individually created to suit the person who has died and those who wish to celebrate their life in a way special to them. I am trained and accredited by Humanists UK.
Since I became a funeral celebrant I have never looked back. I felt that everything I had done before led to this. My previous career includes book publishing, administration and the voluntary sector, working closely with people disadvantaged by ill health or circumstance. I am a non-religious prison chaplain and also work as a copy-editor and proofreader.
I love to craft individual ceremonies for real people, drawing out the special things about the person who has died and finding a way to celebrate their life to reflect the thoughts and feelings of their loved ones. It is a privilege to be invited into someone’s life at a very difficult time, and to hear their stories. It is a privilege to be their guide at a very distressing time, and I value the great courtesy and care my clients so often extend to me when there is so much else to think about and so much to do.
As a member of Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association), I believe that our one life is the only chance we have to make the best we can of ourselves, and to nurture other humans that we come into contact with. It is also hugely important to enjoy our lives as much as possible, in whatever way suits, so long as it does no harm to others.
Like other Humanists UK celebrants, I have adopted the Funeral Celebrant Accord , which defines the attributes and skills required of an excellent funeral celebrant and is intended to set the standards by which all celebrants offering funeral services should be measured.