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I perform non-religious funerals throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands, and further afield by arrangement.
For over 25 years before I became a celebrant, I was a radio producer working for The Archers on BBC Radio 4 – and I still write scripts for the programme. So if you choose me to create and perform your funeral ceremony, you will benefit from my decades of storytelling experience.
I will create a vivid and accurate word picture of the person who has died, enhanced with music and readings which perfectly reflect the way you wish to say goodbye to them.
“…It was the best funeral I have ever attended…”
I am a confident and expressive public speaker. I place great importance on striking the correct tone for the occasion, and using appropriate language. I will do my utmost to create a ceremony that you, and your family and friends, will be able to take comfort from.
Please click to learn more about how I would work with you, and some thoughts on content which the ceremony might include.
“…It seems an odd thing to say about a funeral, but I really enjoyed it…”
If you would like discuss how to celebrate the life of the person who has died, and how best to mark the occasion, do please get in touch on 07 870 812 949 or email@example.com.
It would be an honour to help you at this important time.
COVID – 19
Updated 28 March 2020
Funeral celebrants have been classified as key workers by the UK Government.
However, there are currently considerable curbs on how funerals can be conducted, In Birmingham City Council cemeteries and crematoria, these include:
- Any planning meetings must be conducted remotely, eg through a video or audio call.
- The numbers of mourners attending are limited to six (plus the celebrant). They must be household members or close family only, and must exclude those in ‘at risk’ groups or suffering from viral symptoms.
- Burials are not currently going ahead.
- There are physical restrictions on the whole process, including waiting for the hearse and carrying or touching the coffin.
- Ceremonies are often of a shorter duration than usual.
- Personal distancing measures mean that comforting gestures such as handshakes and hugs with people outside of your household group are not possible.
Because of this, I strongly recommend that families consider a ‘direct’ or ‘unattended’ cremation (at which mourners are not present), to be followed by a memorial ceremony when restrictions are lifted.
This will enable everyone who wishes to be present; gives greater flexibility over location and duration; and will allow for a full and personal celebration and farewell.
I am happy to talk through the possibilities and opportunities this sort of cermony offers.
As an accredited celebrant, I have been specially selected and thoroughly trained. I have to undertake continuing professional development and my work is peer reviewed. I have been DBS (criminal record) checked and am covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance. This ensures the highest possible standards for my clients.