Funerals

Coronavirus – Covid 19: The current health crisis has lead to crematoriums changing the way they operate. Ceremonies are being restricted to smaller numbers. I am happy to hold meetings over the phone, by video apps (zoom, skype etc.) or to meet in person whilst observing social distancing measures. The option to have a small ceremony now and to have a bigger wake or memorial at a later date when more people can be present is one that you may wish to consider.

I have been taking funerals since 2014 at a variety of venues including: crematoriums, woodland and natural burial grounds, cemeteries and at a places special to the deceased. I work across Dorset and West Hampshire and am happy to travel further afield.

A funeral is about saying goodbye and celebrating a life that has ended; enabling friends and family to come together at a sad time. A Humanist ceremony is a good choice for anyone who wants a non-religious funeral and who feels that a religious service would be inappropriate. 

‘Simon displayed such great empathy, compassion and care’

If you are arranging a funeral you can contact me direct (details are on the right). If you are engaging a funeral director, give them my details.

Conducting a funeral

The Barn, Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground

I will visit you to discuss the person you have lost, their life, their work and interests, family stories and any recollections you wish to share. We can talk about music, readings and poems that perhaps meant something to them / you would like.

I will prepare a fitting and meaningful ceremony. There is a guide to a ceremony format to assist you or if you would prefer something different let me know.

I will give you a presentation copy of the ceremony to keep.

“Simon helped us celebrate my father’s life in such a way, that to this day I still feel at peace.”

 

Memorial services, Direct funerals and scattering of ashes

A memorial ceremony following cremation or burial may be held at a wide range of venues, I can conduct one on the same day as the funeral, or at a later date. Sometimes people decide to have a Direct funeral where the deceased is cremated or buried without a ceremony. I can attend these on behalf of the family and perhaps conduct a ceremony on a future date. This also applies to the interment or scattering of ashes, which can be done at a crematorium, woodland burial park, cemetery, at sea* or another special place including your garden at home.

*I can arrange ash scattering at sea if required.

“It was just how we wanted it – simple and dignified.”

Pre-need

I am happy to meet with you if you would like to discuss a funeral in advance for when the time comes. What shape this takes depends entirely on your personal circumstances and preference, it can range from designing a complete ceremony to just discussing the outline of one.