I specialise in both non-religious and religious funerals.
I came to funeral celebrancy through working for over 20 years with Buddhist communities in Scotland, and through international development work. As a meditation teacher living in Glasgow I've worked for years with people with high levels of stress who are seeking greater meaning in life, or with those brave souls who have no choice but to turn towards the inevitable pain and loss that makes up every human life. Having conducted hundreds of both secular and religious ceremonies, my love of introducing people to ritual took me increasingly towards funerals, and an interest in supporting the ‘end of life’ journey. Spending time in both international community development and in teaching has given me an emphasis on rejoicing in the lives of others, celebrating gratitude - the human emotion that makes us kinder and wiser, and learning to aspire to greater fearlessness.
Loss, grief, death and impermanence are forces that live with us, whether we accept them or not. Seeing them as a common thread between us all makes us more courageous as individuals, and stronger in support of each other. To this end, it’s a real vocation for me to support families and individuals to give their loved ones the most beautiful and heartfelt goodbye. A funeral or end-of-life ritual is an opportunity to honour ourselves, our departed ones, their values and their legacy. And it also honours our desire to live a better life. A good funeral is a heart's release and a gift to those who live on. It serves the departed with meaning and respect, and it affirms the humanity of the living.