Funerals and Memorials

I have been interested in the provision of suitable and meaningful funerals for many years and as result became an accredited funeral celebrant in 2005. Since that time I have had the privilege of helping to provide bereaved families with a way of saying goodbye to their loved one which is personalised and appropriate.

I meet the bereaved face-to-face except in the most exceptional circumstances and work with them to create a ceremony that is written specifically for them. The style and content of the ceremony will be in accordance with their wishes.

A humanist funeral ceremony is an inclusive occasion. While it does not have any religious content it is not anti-religious. There is often a time for reflection during which those with a religious belief have the opportunity to say a silent prayer. Many very devout believers have commented to me after a humanist funeral that they found it very moving and approved of the sentiments expressed.

The following is from the Humanists UK website.

A Humanist, non-religious funeral or memorial ceremony will:

  • focus sincerely and affectionately on the person who has died
  • allow friends, relatives and acquaintances to express their feelings and to share their memories
  • have warmth and sincerity: many bereaved people find them helpful and are pleased to have provided a ceremony their loved ones would have wanted
  • celebrate the life of the person who has died by paying tribute to them, to the life they lived, the connections they made and left behind
  • be simply more appropriate for those who have not lived according to religious principles, or accepted religious views of life or death.

As from April 2020 I have been accredited by Humanists UK to carry out pre-planned funeral ceremonies.

If you have any queries or would like to speak with me about humanist funerals, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Tel: 01271-343160

Mobile: 07774-904027