Funerals

 

Barbara Fogg’s funeral at The Barn, Harbour View (photo: Richard Hackett)

 

A funeral is about celebrating the life that has ended. 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. 

I can visit you at your home, at another convenient location or on-line to discuss the funeral for the person you have lost, their life, work, interests and any recollections you wish to share. We can discuss the music, readings, poems, and tributes from friends and family members.

I have been taking funerals since 2014 at many venues including crematoriums, woodland and natural burial grounds, cemeteries and at a places special to the deceased. I usually work across Dorset and Hampshire but can travel further afield.

‘Simon displayed such great empathy, compassion and care’

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

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

Memorial services, Direct funerals and scattering of ashes

A memorial ceremony following cremation or burial may be held at a wide range of venues, if you wish I can conduct this 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) and to have a Celebration of Life ceremony. 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.

*I can arrange ash scattering at sea if required.

 

Pre-need

I am happy to meet with you if you would like to discuss in advance a funeral 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 an outline.