CELEBRATE & COMMEMORATE THE INDIVIDUAL & THE LIFE LIVED
As an Independent Celebrant, I differ from a minister or a Humanist celebrant, as am able to offer Celebration of Life services with religious or spiritual elements, or services with no such elements.
VARIETY OF FORMATS - TRADITIONAL AND MORE UNUSUAL - including:
-symbolic ceremonies eg. metaphors such as train or tree of life
-stories/tributes out of the hat
-'life snapshots' from near and dear
-traditional details about life, love & achievements
-life told through readings and music.
My funeral services are written after a long period of listening to what the person planning their own funeral, or the family of the deceased person, want. I believe that the focus should be more on the life lived, people loved and achievements (whether large or small). I have helped people plan their own celebrations of life, some of which I have then delivered, and I have worked with many families dealing with the death of a loved one. In all cases, I work with tact and sensitivity.
Each life celebration needs to be as unique as each person truly is, so I do not believe in 'cut and paste' funeral services. Service locations and content can also be very different from one person to another. Having had experience in my own family of funerals from home and natural burials, I also am happy to provide services in non-standard situations or venues.
My final Celebration of Life service will arise after:
As well as feeling it is imperative to represent the deceased, I do feel that the pastoral care of loved ones left behind is also important. I do my best to keep loved ones informed and confident about what will happen on the day of the service, and liaising with Funeral Directors where needed.
PLANNING YOUR OWN CELEBRATION OF LIFE / WISHLISTS
If you wish, I can also help you to plan ahead for what happens after your death in terms of your end of life service -- whether you choose to use a Celebrant or a Minister. You and your loved ones can live life to the full, not worrying about arrangements and choices after you die, as often it is very difficult for families to make decisions when they are grieving. Obviously, it is useful to know your options before making decisions, and I am more than happy to discuss the many options available with you, or research for you.
If you need it, I have advice & information readily available to help you with:
Funeral Service Music & Readings - suggestions of what might be included in your service script. I have worked with sensitivity with the elderly and terminally ill on the contents of their own service, and read the words they wanted. I write scripts and poetry of my own for you, as required, to meet your individual needs.
Funeral Plan & Providers - outlines of the range of funeral options for all wishes and budgets, so that you can choose the best option to match the type of service you would like. I have introductory information from trusted Funeral Directors I have worked with who can advise you more fully.
Other Aspects of Ceremonies - trusted Venues, Music providers, Caterers, Florists, etc...
Will Writing & Power of Attorney - these are important documents, and I can provide you contacts for experienced will-writers or solicitors.