About Steve Parry


My aim is to provide meaningful and personal humanist and non-religious ceremonies to mark the major events in people’s lives.

Since human first lived in communities and learnt to communicate we have marked important occasions with ceremonies and celebrations. These have traditionally been religious in nature and as more of us chose to live lives without religion the need for ceremonies suited to our needs has grown.

I first became aware of this need when I was responsible for arranging two funerals of family members and was unable to obtain the non-religious ceremonies that both had wanted. We had to settle for what the funeral director described as a ‘religion lite’ ceremony. The eulogies which myself and another family member delivered were the only parts we were really happy with. The rote learned religious readings which made up the rest of the ceremony seemed to have little to do with our deceased loved ones.

I read the Humanists UK website to find out about non-religious funerals and also found out about the other ceremonies that were provided and that I was a humanist. Shortly after this I retired from a varied career in the police service,  and decided to use the experience I had gained over thirty years to help families in the situation I had found myself.

I have worked with families from all walks of life, in all sorts of circumstances, listening to life stories that can be fascinating, entertaining, inspirational and moving. This work never ceases to be interesting and rewarding because I have learnt that there are few ordinary people and many extraordinary lives. 

I am an experienced trainer and public speaker and will write and deliver personal and meaningful ceremonies that will mark the significant events of life for you and your family. 

I live in Barry and perform ceremonies in the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Cardiff, Neath Port Talbot and Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Swansea areas. In fact, anywhere within an hour drive of Barry, though I would consider travelling further if required.