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Funerals

FUNERALS/ MEMORIALS/ CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE
Please accept my condolences if you are reading this at a time of bereavement.

My dearest wish is that I can ease things for you by supporting you and sensitively guiding  you through the creation of a funeral service / celebration of life that will truly reflect, celebrate and commemorate your loved one in the best way possible.

Whether an intimate gathering or a large celebration of life ceremony, religious or non religious, I will help you select the music, readings, rituals,prayers  and stories that reflect the values and personality of your loved one, and weave them into a creative and  heartfelt service. As a Funeral Celebrant, I officiate memorials, funerals, and celebration of life ceremonies with warmth and sensitivity and gentle humour. My open delivery puts everyone at ease and I have a gift of communication  that soothes and comforts.

I spend many hours preparing every service that I write and conduct, offering you a personalised and professional ceremony and I welcome the opportunity to share my expertise with you to create a truly memorable service.

As a bereavement and grief counsellor I understand that people in grief won’t always remember what you said, but they will remember exactly how you made them feel. I am always grateful to hear how uplifted others feel after one of my funeral services, acknowledging the grief of course but allowing for grace, gratitude and healing in the process of letting go. I am often asked to sing as part of a funeral service and will be able to share some beautiful simple songs that can enhance and bless and personalise a service and would be honoured to do so.

I’m an expert in natural burial, green funerals, and home funerals and can give you some wonderful ideas of beautiful and unique places to hold your services if you were looking for something a bit different, including a breathtaking redwood forest. I offer Celebrations of life that can even take place before death – a living funeral can enable you to say goodbye  in community with your loved ones. I have many wonderful rituals that can involve all of the generations to feel a part of the transition. I often work with those who wish to plan their own funeral can be a creative and enriching experience. Thinking ahead and  planning ones own funeral can be a beautiful gift and offering for your loved ones. I can also help you design a ceremony to support the scattering of ashes.

 

PET FUNERALS/ MEMORIALS
Many experts believe that holding some form of ceremony or ritual can help us cope with the loss of a treasured animal friend. I have been privileged to lead many blessing ceremonies whether in a pet funeral homes or crematoriums, in a family garden or at a favourite walking place. I truly understand how often the loss of a family pet can be as painful as losing a family member and quite rightly that relationship and animal friend should be honoured and commemorated in a way that feels right for you.

There are many touching poems and readings and prayers that I can weave into a beautiful heartfelt ceremony, that can involve everyone including young ones also. For many at a young age the loss of a pet may be their first experience of death and being involved can often help as we share happy memories and stories,songs and certain rituals perhaps that comfort and bring joy too.

Please contact me if you feel I can be of service to you.

“Wow! What a brilliant service yesterday at the Crematorium. I have been asked by my brothers and the family to pass on our very grateful thanks for the amazing service which you put together for us. We all enjoyed the service as it reflected Ernie’s life so well. The non-religious service was great as it focused on Ernie without the usual religious distractions of a traditional service. The delightful acapella singing was very well received and was a pleasant surprise to those at the service. The ‘toast’ of scrumpy which you suggested also went down very well, followed by the impromtu toast taking a sip of the cider outside when viewing the floral tributes. Well, the service was as good as it can get. With less and less people following religions these days this type of service is the future. Well done, and thank you once again for the service content suggestions, care and attention to detail you gave to deliver a very memorable experience. Many thanks again”
Mike Weller, and on behalf of the family and many others.

“The service was simply beautiful , so uplifting, everyone said how wonderful it was, your delivery and warmth to us all made everyone feel better. Your singing of we’ll meet again was so right and so poignant. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and the eulogy was my Joyce down to a tea, including her wicked sense of humour that you captured so well.  I hope you will do mine when the time comes!
Tony Ringham

 

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the World, the Master calls a butterfly “
– Richard Bach