My duties as a Funeral Celebrant entails me meeting with bereaved families and discussing with them the type of ceremony that they wish to take place.
In today’s society many families are not as comfortable as they once were to have a local clergy person conduct the ceremony but also do not want something like a Humanist, non religious or secular service either but, rather something in-between. That’s where I come in.
As a qualified funeral celebrant I’m very experienced in creating and delivering bespoke funeral ceremonies for bereaved families who have recently lost a loved one.
For many years, families were only offered the option of a religious funeral in a church, or the fully atheist alternative of a Humanist ceremony. I offer the option to involve your personal faith and beliefs when saying farewell; whether religious, non-religious, spiritual, or uncertain.
Today you have the choice to celebrate the life of a loved one, and mourn the passing of their spirit, in a way which is appropriate and personal to you.
As I am not affiliated to any religious order or spiritual faith, I can be all encompassing in welcoming you to plan a Final Farewell which is reflects your own lifestyle and choices. I will work closely with you and your family to help write and officiate a funeral ceremony which gives dignity and personality to the person who has passed away, and allows family and friends to grieve in a way which is right for them.
I’m passionate that the funeral should reflect the wishes and views of the deceased and their families and not those of the person conducting the ceremony. This means that I work with you to create something quite unique that is ‘all inclusive’ with no rules which means that we can mix up some religious or spiritual content such as Hymns and Prayers with favourite music, poetry, family stories, friends memories and really try and reflect the character of your loved one and celebrate their life on Earth.
I am entirely at ease if the family wishes me to wear religious robes for the ceremony as apart from being a qualified Civil Funeral Celebrant I am also a registered, Independent Christian Minister as well. In this role I am also currently acting as a Chaplain for a local Nursing home offering some spiritual comfort to their residents.