I was born in Birmingham and apart from a period when work took me to Lancashire, I have lived in the Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield area all my life. In my time working in Nursing Homes and attending many funerals, I felt that in many cases a more relevant funeral could have been conducted.
I am an atheist and a humanist myself but it was only after I went to a Humanist funeral for my cousin that I realised that conducting such funerals was a worthwhile and fulfilling calling.
As an accredited Funeral Celebrant with the British Humanist Association I feel privileged to be able to talk to bereaved families about the life of their loved one and be able to express on their behalf their loss and yet thanks for the life lived and lost.
Sometimes a funeral is a celebration of a life but sometimes, ” Celebration” is not a word that means too much to a family grieving for a short life, or a painful end. It is only with the involvement of the family and friends that the correct tone can be found.
The thanks and appreciation expressed by satisfied clients makes the job one of great satisfaction, and dare I say it joy. To be part of the life and death of such wonderful people is indeed a privelege.
Over the last year I have been called on to conduct “This is your Life” ceremonies when a family have thrown a party for an aged relative and wish to pay tribute to him or her now with all the family friends around. These have proved very enjoyable for all concerned.
I live near to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, and I have also conducted Memorial Services for charities, and groups of people who wish for a service of remembrance for loved ones with Memorials at the Arboretum.