I will be honoured to create with you a respectful and dignified ceremony that will celebrate a life lived and at the same time help ease the grief of loss. By acknowledging the part a loved one has played in your life can be a great help in the journey of grief. My aim is to provide you with a ceremony that enables you to feel safe and supported. I will take the necessary time to listen to all contributions and reflections, learn as much as possible about your loved one – and then put together a picture of their life and memories and produce a ceremony that reflects this.
As everyone is unique and individual, I never tire of listening to other people’s life stories and finding writing a eulogy a pleasure. A family can also prepare the eulogy and a family member or friend can deliver it or I can deliver it on their behalf. I like to encourage members of the family to play a part in the funerals, either by delivering the eulogy, reading a piece of poetry or simply laying a symbol on the coffin.
I have conducted Funerals in Chapels, Gravesides, Private Gardens and Public Parks.
Music at a ceremony is also important and a good reflection of a persons life. I am often asked would country music be suitable as that is what their loved one liked in life. If that was the case, then it is more than appropriate. I have a broad knowledge of music and thoroughly enjoy the thought that the right music is played.
When children attend a funeral I always aim to make them feel as comfortable as possible during the service. I feel especially honoured when families adopt me as their family celebrant to take care of all the ceremonies in their lives. Each service is different, you may choose to have it in a chapel, at a graveside or somewhere suitable arranged with the Funeral Director.
This is an example of how a service can be conducted:
~ Music as mourners enter the chapel ~
~ A welcome and introduction ~
~ Reading by the celebrant ~
~ Eulogy/Biography ~
~ Tribute/s by family members or friends ~
~ Reading ~
~ Reflection time with music ~
~ Reading and/or Lord’s Prayer ~
~ Committal ~
~ Music as mourners leave the chapel ~