About Lorraine Barrett

Lorraine Barrett

Hello, my name is Lorraine Barrett and I conduct humanist, or non-religious, funerals.

I live in Penarth, and work mainly in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan areas, as well as Bridgend and the Valleys but will also travel further afield if requested.

 I started working life as a nurse, and was a Member of the Welsh Assembly from 1999 until 2011 when I chose to retire.  I was also privileged to be Patron of the Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth for 10 years. I have a daughter and son and three delightful grand-daughters.

Having been an atheist since my teens, I discovered the British Humanist Association in later life and realised that I was really a humanist. I am very much a people person and having lost close family members I have great empathy with recently bereaved families.

I trained as a celebrant with the BHA in 2008 and after conducting my first funeral, I knew I was doing something very special. I have met so many lovely families and it is a privilege to help and support them at such a sad time in their lives, and I always say to families ‘I’m here for you’.  I spend as much time as is necessary with my families as I feel it is important to get to know them as best I can, so that I can bring a personal touch to the funeral when I talk about their loved one and I’m happy then to keep in touch by telephone or email until the day of the funeral.

Some families have firm ideas of the music they want but I’m always happy to make suggestions if needed. Some family members or friends like to speak at the funeral, whilst others are content for me to speak on their behalf. Humanist funerals are personal and dignified and my experience is that families and friends go home feeling that their loved one had the perfect send off which reflected just who they were.

It was 2017 when I had the honour of conducting the funeral for the Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan who had been the First Minister for Wales and we had been Assembly Members together for twelve years. It was the first ‘State’ humanist funeral in the UK, and it can be viewed on www.senedd.tv – just write Rhodri Morgan in the search bar and you can see it.

Whilst Rhodri’s funeral was a very special occasion, I approach all my funerals in the same way because, at the end of the day, I am there to help a grieving family pay their respects, say their goodbyes and share memories of their loved one.

You can find more information on the ‘Funerals’ tab at the top of the page and I am always happy to discuss any ceremonies in more detail with you.