The final goodbye

A funeral ceremony is vitally important to those who mourn. When saying that final goodbye, the freedom to make the ceremony all about that person, can help in some way to soften the parting and is extremely important.

This is what a civil ceremony offers; freedom of expression with active assistance from the celebrant will create a funeral service made up of memories, which encompass the essence of the loved one, and where the family participate wholly.

We can have a secular service or one to include a prayer or hymn; the choice is yours. The family’s wishes are paramount to a celebrant.

Many families want the service to take the form of a celebration, a memorial, or in loving memory, as in those instances where death is tragic as in suicide, an accident, or the loss of a child or young person. I endeavour to work sensitively and with empathy in any situation.

From – Winnie the Pooh

 

‘ If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.’

We work to create a tribute

The ceremony we create together, focuses on personal memories about the person who has died, defining their character and achievements. This is incredibly important as a final act of honouring and stating what the deceased means to both family and friends.

Although funerals are naturally sad occasions, it can also be uplifting for the participants as they remember what that person meant to them, and the contribution they made to the world, great or small.

Once I am given the contact details of the family, I will phone to make an appointment. Quite often several family members are present. Together we work to create a tribute which is personal and has meaning. The funeral service should be all about the deceased. A civil celebrant wants you to have the service you want and which you will remember always.

Please call me for a free consultation with no obligation

My services include a meeting to discuss your requirements for the funeral including family memories of the deceased.

We will discuss the order of service and music required, plus any special requests you may have such as lating flowers, candles, dove release, or photos tributes, depending on the crematorium resources.

I can also conduct memorial services, interments at crematoria or at natural burial sites, and the scattering of ashes at a place of choice.

Testimonials

Dear Michelle

Mum and I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful Tribute you did for Alex today. It was absolutely perfect, everyone thought you did an amazing job.

Jackie and June

July 2016

Hi Michelle,

I wanted to thank you so much for your role in Dad’s funeral today. From the moment we first spoke I felt in safe hands, which is so important at times like these. We had such positive feedback and, all credit to you, from the way you spoke, people thought that you actually knew Dad. Roxanne

November 2016

Contact me for more information and I’ll be happy to help you.