Funerals and celebrations of life

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When someone we love has died, a beautiful, bespoke funeral is our final act of love and gratitude.  I create personal, memorable services, which capture an individual’s character and tell the story of their life.

For me, there is great beauty in the heartfelt love expressed at a funeral. I weave the details of a person’s life, with the tributes, choice of readings and music to create a unique and special farewell. My aim is to make every funeral a safe space for family and friends to grieve and to celebrate their loved one’s life. I am particularly sensitive to the needs of children, who may not have attended a funeral before.

If a death has happened in tragic or unexpected circumstances, planning a funeral can seem overwhelming. Your funeral director and I are on hand to support you. When a funeral is right, I hope it will be a small but significant first step towards a more hopeful future.

Planning a funeral

At our first meeting, we’ll talk a lot about your loved one – their personality, life history, achievements, plus everything and everyone that was most important to them. We’ll also discuss your wishes and how the funeral will help you come to terms with your loss.

I offer both secular and religious funerals. You can select any poems, readings, hymns or songs you like and I will offer help and advice as you need it. You can be as unconventional or traditional as you wish. Funerals are changing and becoming much more individual. I encourage you to focus on what’s right for you, rather than being concerned about the ‘done thing’.

Most funerals I conduct take place at a crematorium, chapel or burial ground, but you are free to choose another venue. A funeral director will advise you about any practical considerations. I work regularly with many of the funeral directors in Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Together, we hope to make things simple for you, minimising your stress whenever possible.

I take great pride in creating a beautiful, personal funerals. Every service I write is different and unique.

Memorials & celebrations of life

A memorial service or celebration of life is a public occasion, typically held some time after a private, family funeral. It offers more time to reflect on a person’s life and legacy, after the immediate busyness of the funeral. This is helpful if the individual was very well-known, or had a full career and many interests. The memorial might include several tributes, a slideshow of photos and an exhibition of mementos or achievements. You can decide how formal or relaxed it should be – there are no rules. I have experience of different styles, so I can help you choose what’s right for you.

How I work with you

For funerals, it’s often a funeral director who recommends me but you are welcome to contact me directly. My fee is £220 and it includes:

  • A meeting with you for 1-2 hours
  • Bespoke service agreed with you, written by me
  • Regular contact with you and liaison with the funeral director up to the funeral date
  • Leading the service on the day
  • Travel costs in the West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset area.

Celebrations of life and memorial services need extra planning and more liaison with the different people involved. My fee is £350, which includes:

  • Face-to-face meeting with you, up to 2 hours
  • Creation of the celebration or memorial ceremony
  • Writing of a bespoke script
  • Liaison with all the speakers and the venue
  • Meeting the venue co-ordinator
  • Leading the ceremony on the day
  • Travel costs in the West Dorset, East Devon, South Somerset area

Please feel free to contact me, if you have any questions, or would like to find out more about a funeral or a celebration of life.

“We can’t thank you enough for conducting the service for our daughter. It was an emotional day for all of us but your warmth and compassion shone through. Many people commented on how beautiful the service was”

“Thank you for all your hard working making the funeral and memorial a wonderful experience. Everything seemed to go smoothly thanks to your excellent planning. Your calmness and presence washed over us all and I took strength from your strength.”

Thank you for the lovely service you gave our Dad. It was really personal, emotional but with some humour and you captured so many of the things we loved about him. A number of people also said how lovely the service was and we wanted you to know that.”

“All the threads you have pulled together….. Beautiful, simply beautiful.”

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