Celebrations of a life


A funeral celebrant serves as a compassionate guide who crafts and leads funeral ceremonies, independent of any organizational or religious affiliations. Essentially, they take center stage during the funeral proceedings, delivering the majority of the spoken content and taking responsibility for creating the service script.

It’s important to note that while I am fully qualified to conduct funerals, I typically reserve this role for individuals with whom I have previously collaborated on other celebratory occasions, particularly for their loved ones. Saying farewell to someone cherished is undeniably one of life’s most challenging experiences, marked by a mix of emotions and a draining atmosphere. To ensure focused and heartfelt support during these difficult times, I limit my funeral services to one family at a time. This approach allows me to create a gentle and secure space for grieving families, facilitating a more meaningful and personalized farewell.  Please contact me if you fit this criterion.  

Celebration of a Life Memorial

Memorial ceremonies hold significant importance, and I offer the flexibility to conduct them on the day of the funeral or at a later date. Opting for the latter provides enhanced flexibility, accommodating attendees from various distances and allowing for a broader choice of venues and ceremony durations. I am committed to incorporating the wishes of loved ones, ensuring that the celebration of a life is genuinely personal and reflective of the individual.

As your celebrant, my role extends beyond traditional boundaries. I specialize in portraying the life and legacy of an individual in alignment with their wishes and those of their loved ones. Whether you prefer a memorial with no religious content or wish to include specific religious elements such as hymns or prayers, I am here to accommodate your desires. My philosophy emphasizes breaking free from tradition if it does not resonate with your loved one’s essence.

To initiate the process, we can start with an informative discovery call to address any queries you may have. Following this, I propose a face-to-face meeting, or if needed, via Zoom, to delve into your preferences and gather intricate details about the life of your loved one. This comprehensive understanding allows me to craft a ceremony that beautifully narrates their story in a memorable and meaningful manner.

Upon completion, I will provide you with a draft of the ceremony for your approval. Any changes necessary to tailor the ceremony to your liking can be seamlessly incorporated. As your celebrant, I view a celebration of life as an opportunity to reflect on how an individual’s legacy persists in the hearts and minds of others. It serves as a positive and comforting step in the journey through the process of grief.

Cremation Ashes

Navigating the decisions after cremation extends beyond the process itself. The significance of what you do with the ashes can contribute to a healing and constructive experience through symbolic gestures or ceremonies.

Cremation offers the advantage of time, allowing reflection on the profound meaning your loved one held in your life and how to express those sentiments. I specialize in assisting you in planning a well-structured service, providing a platform to share cherished memories with those who hold a special place in their hearts.

Opting for the interment of cremated ashes opens up a range of possibilities, a preferred choice across various religions and cultures. Whether it’s a cemetery with a dedicated monument, a municipal urn garden, or a personalized urn burial within a landscape feature, making an informed decision about the appropriate form of urn is crucial.

For those considering scattering ashes, understanding the legalities and obtaining necessary permits is paramount. For instance, scattering on water requires a biodegradable receptacle to prevent accidental dispersion. If considering private property, permission from the landowner is essential, and a thoughtful approach to avoid soil pH disruption and harm to plants is recommended. Utilizing the gardens of a local crematorium for scattering requires pre-booking to ensure a private and undisturbed moment. I am here to guide you through these decisions, ensuring a meaningful and respectful final tribute to your loved one.

Pre planning discussion for your celebration of life ceremony

Ensure your end-of-life arrangements are truly comprehensive by considering more than just the financial aspects. While prepaid funeral plans cover the costs of funeral director services, they often overlook a crucial element – recording your specific wishes for the ceremony itself.

Similar to the peace of mind that comes with financially preplanning your funeral, detailing your ceremony preferences in advance alleviates the burden on your loved ones. Instead of grappling with uncertainty, they can be assured they are honoring your desires precisely.

During our consultation, I will meticulously document your preferences for a dignified and personal farewell. This includes outlining the ceremony structure, incorporating your choice of music, specifying dress code, identifying participants, narrating your life story and preferred anecdotes, selecting readings, and noting any spiritual elements or symbolic rituals you wish to include. This comprehensive record will be presented in a written format, awaiting your approval. Upon your confirmation, a formal written copy will be provided for you to share or store at your discretion. Secure the peace of mind you deserve by proactively shaping the ceremony that reflects your unique life and values

Pet Funeral or Pet Memorial – repay the loyalty

Commemorate the cherished memories of your beloved pet and honour the joy they brought into your life. Coping with the loss of a pet is akin to losing a cherished family member, a profoundly emotional and challenging experience. Many of us share a unique and profound connection with our furry companions. The grieving process for pet loss often brings a deep sense of sorrow and mourning that may not be fully understood by others.

Navigating through this difficult time, a pet funeral or memorial can serve as a meaningful way for you and your family to process the grief and pain associated with the loss of your beloved pet, providing a necessary opportunity to bid a heartfelt farewell. Tailored to the unique personality and significance of your dearly loved pet, a bespoke pet funeral or memorial offers a personalized touch to the farewell.

With a compassionate and understanding approach, I am here to lend a supportive ear as you navigate the decisions involved in saying your goodbyes. Whether you seek suitable readings, wish to plant a memorial tree, plan a pet funeral, or choose to scatter ashes in a cherished location, I am dedicated to assisting you in creating a farewell that truly reflects the love and companionship your pet brought into your life

Useful Resources

Good Funeral Guide

The Good Funeral Guide (consumer guide on the practical aspects of organising a funeral)

Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (Groups, helpline, resources)


Sands (extensive support for those who have been affected by the death of a baby either before or shortly after birth)

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (for bereaved family members who have lost a child. Groups, memorial sites, helpline, resources)

Natural Death Centre

The Natural Death Centre (a charity giving free impartial advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and consumer rights, who also run the Association of Natural Burial Grounds)

Dying Matters

Dying Matters (a national charity for hospice and end of life care which provides support for anyone affected by death, dying and bereavement)

Essential Guide

Before I Go: the Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan Book by Jan Duncan Rogers
Cruse Bereavement Support (helping you through the most painful of times)