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Funerals - Respecting People of All Faiths and Those With None

To Mourn A Death, To Celebrate A Life and to Bring Comfort To The Living

When we lose someone we love and begin the difficult task of planning a funeral service, we want that ceremony to be as special and unique as they were. We want to picture them through the words spoken, feel them through the music which has been chosen and to be able to take comfort as we move forward knowing that the funeral gave that persons life meaning and worth.

We understand that you only get one chance to say goodbye and that you want to make this occasion perfect. Planning a funeral service is a daunting task, especially as it is usually done in a relatively short period of time and whilst each person involved is dealing with their own grief, but generally there is one thing that family & friends have in common - they all want a personal, fitting and unique service for their loved one and this is where we as celebrants are here to help you.

So why chose an Independent Celebrant?

It is all too easy at a time like this to gratefully accept the first suggestions made, only to later wish you had done things differently. One of the beautiful and unique benefits about choosing a celebrant to lead a funeral service is that they will spend as much time as needed with you prior to the service, usually within the comfort of your own home, building a relationship with your family, listening to your wishes, hearing your stories, your memories and the significance of your grief, to gain a true sense of the person who has died. They will work alongside you and with great care compose a truly uplifting service which is totally unique to any other. This service will reflect the true character & nature of the person who has died, sensitively respecting and acknowledging any challenges they may have faced along lifes pathway, but most importantly celebrating the life which has been lived.

All of our celebrant members have been professionally trained at the UK College of Celebrancy and your chosen celebrant will work closely with yourself, your family and your chosen Funeral Director to ensure that you are able to say goodbye to your loved one in the way that you want.

Our Independent Celebrants do not have any professional affiliation to any church nor humanist organisation which means they will lead the ceremony in accordance to your beliefs and wishes and those of the deceased. On many occasions our celebrants conduct funeral services which are totally
non-religious, but on other occasions a family may request that an element of religion or spirituality is still to be included, in which case our celebrants can help and advise you in choosing suitable content such as readings, hymns, prayers or blessings.

Family Participation

You may wish for family, friends or colleagues to participate in the service by means of spoken tributes, readings or live music. There are no set rules to this, our celebrants will welcome and encourage all those who wish to take part to do so in a way which has significance for them and for all those present.

Our celebrants can also suggest symbolic elements which are meaningful to you and inclusive to all those present. Just a few example of such symbolism may be: a candle lighting ceremony, placing single flowers on the coffin during a reflective piece of music or as you leave the chapel, or releasing balloons outside of the chapel directly after the service.

Where can a funeral take place?

Funeral services normally take place at a Crematorium, Cemetery or Natural Burial Ground, however either prior to or following a cremation or burial it is possible to have the ceremony itself in a more unusual or intimate location, for example a football club or scout hall, in your own home, or even in a care home if the deceased has been a resident, allowing other residents to be present who may otherwise not have been able to attend another venue such as a crematorium.

Other Services

Our celebrants also conduct:

Memorial Services: If the deceased has left their body to medical science, or in the tragic circumstances of a body not being located.

Scattering or Burial of Ashes

Group Memorials: for example:
• Christmas Remembrance Services
• Honouring the Armed Services
• World AIDS Day
• Charities, such as those who support families affected by cot deaths and still birth.

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