Humans yearn for stories of how peope lived. Real stories of real peoplewho lived perfectly and imperfectly.
I will create a ceremony that will be a touchstone as you grieve.
Each life and the way it is lived is uniquely different and extraordinary in its own way, your loved ones story matters.
It is a tremendous privilage to help you tell it.
I will meet with you and listen to you tell me the stories about your loved one. All their achievements and also about the contradictions and quirks that made them the person that they were.
Your thoughts, words and memories will be weaved into a ceremony absolutely unique to your loved one. I will check with you to make sure you are happy..
I will include contributions of family and friends who wish to speak at the ceremony. I will incorporate meaningful ritual, literary readings and chosen music. It is possible to add a prayer or hymn (if this is what you wish).
Finally, I will lead the ceremony and ensure it is coordinated, runs to time and everything goes smoothly.
The first time I heard anything about celebrancy is when my mother died in 2016. The Funeral Director explained the options and we chose a celebrant to carry out my mother's funeral. Sometimes you just know when you have done the right thing. I felt uplifted and took comfort from the ceremony. I knew it was exactly what my mother would have wanted. There were poems and my mother's favourite music. I felt we had given her the best possible send off and my grief was eased by this.
Another thought struck me as I watched the celebrant, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to be a funeral celebrant and bring comfort to others grieving. It would be a way to transform my own sadness into something of service to others.
So, I left a lovely career for an even better one: - to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit.
Later that year I completed my training with Civil Ceremonies Ltd and I gained my NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy.
Aside from having the best career, I enjoy travelling, stunt kite flying and swimming. I live 20 minutes outside of west London in leafy Buckinghamshire. .