When someone you love dies you want to arrange the best farewell for them that you can - but there is so much to do in a short space of time that it can feel quite overwhelming. You may know exactly what you want but, if not, as your celebrant I can help you with some of the decisions about the funeral service.
Following the initial contact, which may come directly from you or may come to me through your funeral director, I will meet with you, and family members, to talk about your loved one, listen to your memories, and find out what your special person was like. I can help you to think about the type of service you want, any special readings or music and I'll then write a service exclusively for you. I will send you a copy to make sure that it is accurate and truly reflects your loved one, and what you want in the service. On the day of the funeral, I will lead the service and support family members and others who may want to make special tributes and I'll give you a keepsake copy of the service to take away with you.
If you would like me to lead a funeral for you, either contact me directly or pass my details to your funeral director. If you simply want to make an enquiry or ask questions then please contact me.
Pet funerals - your loved one may be a family pet, and we grieve for these as much as the people in our lives. If you want to honour your pet with a special funeral service then get in touch and we can talk through ideas and possibilities.
During our initial meeting I will collect personal data from you but please be reassured that I will only ask you for personal information that is relevant to your ceremony. Any personal information I collect from you will only be used by me and will only be used to plan and conduct your ceremony.
Any personal information I collect from you will not be shared with anyone else without your consent (for example, it may be necessary to share with someone involved in your ceremony or its arrangement but this would not be done without first obtaining your permission).
Your information will be securely stored on a password-protected computer. I may need to contact you after the ceremony so I will retain your data for future reference. If you would prefer that I do not do this then just let me know and, after your ceremony, your personal information will all be deleted.
To make an enquiry or arrange an initial meeting, use the contact form on the website or email/phone/text
A few of the lovely comments I've had from families:
I really don't know how to begin to thank you for everything you have done. When you are personally involved the day can become a bit of a blur so the copy service, which is beautifully presented, will help me to reflect and remember my mum. Wen we arrived at the bulls head everyone I spoke to told me it was the best service they had ever attended and that is all down to you, the way you spoke and the flow of the service was everything I could have hoped for, you really are an amazing person.
Thank you so much for your brilliant contribution to R's service. It was very much appreciated not only by me but by all the others who attended. People who had known R at different times in the past were interested to fill in the gaps in their knowledge of her and all felt that you had painted a very sympathetic picture of her life. Your little story at the beginning was a lovely touch! Your service, along with the sunny weather, the pleasant setting of (the chapel) ... all combined to make what could have been a gloomy day something to look back on with a smile. Thank you again (and for providing copies of the service).
Thank you so much for the copy of J’s service, I have sent it on to all her siblings. Thank you also for the lovely “flower” card. How thoughtful. It’s difficult to find the right words to express my gratitude to you as regards the service. You were absolutely amazing. Everyone I spoke to said it was such a beautiful service and they were so impressed with the way you conducted it. Thank you so very very much.
We think you did a wonderful job. From the amount of time you spent with us & how well you listened, through your attention to our needs & foibles through the planning & most importantly how discretely you conducted & managed the service. ... Yesterday was all about S & you were key to making that all work so well. I have highly recommended you to the Co-op Funeral Service.
Thank you so much for the service yesterday - it was lovely and very fitting for my Dad. It's amazing how you managed to capture him from just an hour's conversation with A & myself last week. I will also treasure the keepsake so thank you again for this.
I wanted to take a moment to send a personal message to express my gratitude and appreciation to you relating to my Dad's funeral. You enabled us to share precious memories which you then delivered so eloquently and I felt you brought his character back to life during those final moments. Although I felt overwhelmed by the loss of my Dad, with your professional yet gentle approach I was able to embrace the service and found the strength to truly listen and reflect on his long life. Everyone I spoke to afterwards commented on how special they found the service and it felt as though you knew Dad based on your delivery. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate his life and enabling us to have such positive memories of what was a difficult time.
I hardly know where to begin this morning but my very first job is to tell you how much I appreciate the service you led for K last Thursday. I thought it was perfectly composed and reflected K's personality and life ideally. I almost felt you knew him. Quite a few of the mourners expressed their admiration of the beauty and simplicity with which you led us through what was a sad and difficult time especially for myself and his children and extended family. Many thanks for the time and compassion that you showed to all of us.
Thank you so much for delivering the service for my mom and dad today. Everyone attending told me how much they enjoyed it and how beautiful and poignant it was. In fact several people found it so moving that they asked for your details afterwards.From the start it has been so comforting to know that you were the person who would be delivering the service for us. I am delighted with the copy of the tribute which you thoughtfully provided afterwards as well - just one example of the kindness, care and attention to detail that you have shown throughout. Thank you so much,
Your excellent conducting of the service has been on everyone's lips, and Welsh praise for your Welsh. A and P are at one in their praise of you. Me too. The shape of the service helped people greatly, and affirmed life as much as respecting S and her death. Elegantly wrought.
I wanted to take the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation of the very sympathetic way that you led the funeral of DK last Thursday.Your direction of the service ensured an occasion that conveyed the perfect balance between the sadness and grief of D's death and the joyous celebration of a life lived to the full. It was patently obvious that you had given a lot of time, thought and care to put together an accurate and very sensitive account of D's life, his achievements and his brave battle against cancer over the past two years. The service gave [his wife] a huge amount of comfort and it was exactly what she had hoped it would
Thank you for the service yesterday the balance of the solemnity and remembrance of [my aunt] was spot on. I know ranking a funeral service seems unusual but I felt yesterday's was the best I have been to.
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