'Many thanks for all your help in organising Dad's funeral service. It made life very easy knowing someone was in control and we really appreciated the time you took to listen and get to know our Dad, especially that you travelled so far to come and meet us. I had so many comments about how wonderful the service was and we really appreciated having so much input into the planning so that the service could really reflect Dad's character. It was good that we could mix both spiritual and secular elements. Thank you also for providing a print out of the whole service. It will be a special memory to keep and I will also send a copy to our auntie in Ireland who had to miss the funeral.' Gail Mitchell
offers you a beautiful alternative to a traditional funeral.
Our ceremonies give you a unique and individual, personal and meaningful way of saying goodbye to someone whilst respecting those left behind.
As an Independent Professional Celebrant, I am able to work with you to achieve this. The ceremony I create with you may be secular, spiritual, or part religious, whatever you would like. I am sensitive to different cultures and philosophies and the ceremony would be totally independent of any religious or humanist organisation.
The ceremony could include music, poetry, readings, tributes, and symbolic elements such as candle lighting, photo presentation, dove release, etc.
I would spend time with the bereaved family and friends, getting to know as much as possible about the person who has died so as to honour them with an inspiring and fitting ceremony, whilst respecting what a difficult time it can be for those left behind.
I can conduct ceremonies in a crematorium or at a graveside, or in any other location before moving to where the committal will take place, if preferred.
I can also offer advice on natural burial grounds, eco-friendly coffins etc.
As a member of the National Death Centre I have committed myself to the following pledge:
As a celebrant who shares the values of the Natural Death Centre Charity, I see my role as supportive rather than directive, and I undertake to offer my services to help each family I work with, to ensure they have the best possible funeral for the person who has died.
I believe that families should be encouraged to do as much as they feel able to in the creating and carrying out of a funeral ceremony, and I will encourage families that I work with to send The Natural Death Centre the story of their funeral so that others can be inspired to be fully involved with creating ceremonies too.
I hold a Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy from the College of Celebrants UK and am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. I follow a strict Code of Ethics and Practise as well as holding Public Liability Insurance.