Funerals

A Humanist funeral ceremony is about celebrating the life that has ended and enabling friends and family to come together in a mutually supportive atmosphere 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. I am happy to conduct ceremonies at most venues including: crematoriums, woodland and natural burial grounds, cemeteries and at a places special to the deceased.

‘Simon displayed such great empathy, compassion and care’

How does it work?

If you are arranging a funeral, whether through a funeral director or not, you can contact me direct (details are on the right). Once you have chosen a funeral director, give them my details. Alternatively, after choosing a funeral director, tell them you would like me to officiate, and they will contact me. Do get in touch with me as soon as possible so that this important ceremony is in my diary. I will come and 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 and you would like. I will prepare a fitting and meaningful personal tribute and ceremony.

After the ceremony I give a copy of the script to the family to keep.

“He 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 and I can conduct one on the same day as the funeral, or at a later time. Sometimes people decide to have a Direct funeral where the deceased is 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.

*I can arrange ash scattering at sea if this is something you would like.

“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 arrangements for when the time comes. What shape this takes depends entirely on your personal circumstances and can range from designing a complete ceremony to just discussing the outline of one.