I live in Winchester and I am available to conduct funeral ceremonies in Winchester and throughout Hampshire, although I can travel further if required. My aim is to help you create a unique and personal ceremony to celebrate the life that has ended by working in collaboration with those closest to the person who has died.
When I heard about the role of funeral celebrant it seemed that this would be a rewarding and interesting way of using my existing skills and developing new ones. I was particularly impressed by the level of support and development offered by Humanists UK, which ensures that high professional standards are met and maintained.
I work closely with another local celebrant, Janet Powell, and I am also part of a network that meets regularly to offer professional support. Together we will try to ensure that there is always a celebrant available to conduct your ceremony.
I was born in Manchester but left to go to university in Cardiff and then to do my post-graduate training in Southampton. I have lived in Hampshire since that time.
After leaving university I trained as a social worker and worked mainly in the family courts until I retired. Since then I have been a volunteer supporting families and witnesses at both the Crown and Coroner’s courts. I have been involved in setting up a restorative justice project and I am also a trained family mediator. More recently I have been involved, together with another local celebrant, in organising a number of Death Cafes in Winchester, which allow people to discuss issues around death and dying in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
I enjoy literature, theatre and travel. I have 3 grown-up daughters.
You do not have to define yourself as a humanist to have a humanist funeral. If religion has not played a significant part in a person’s life, you may feel that a non-religious ceremony, which emphasizes the life that has been lived, may be the most appropriate way of remembering and celebrating them.
Each person is unique and I’ll use my skills and training to create a ceremony which celebrates and honours the life of that person.
Humanist ceremonies usually take place at a crematorium, a cemetery or a woodland burial ground; however other venues are sometimes preferred and I’m happy to work flexibly around your chosen arrangements. Increasingly some people are choosing to separate the cremation/burial from a larger event or memorial, which can allow more time or a more fitting venue.
Please contact me either by phone or email if you think that I might be able to help you and your family create a truly meaningful funeral ceremony. More information about the process can be found on the next page.