In the unfortunate event of a death in your family or among your friends and you would consider that I would be a suitable person, I would recommend that you contact me before you contact a Funeral Director.
I have always firmly believed that funeral ceremonies should be researched, fully prepared, carefully and sensitively and diligently checked, so that no mistakes are made.
A Ceremony sensitively carried out and prepared with consultation with the family.
What does a funeral celebrant do?
They visit the bereaved, deal with people in intensely emotional circumstances, gather details of the deceased’s life, prepare the service, coordinating their own and others eulogies, music, visual displays, etc., etc., In all, many hours of work plus travel to bereaved families to gain and check information, to funeral homes, crematoria, gravesides, etc.
Funeral celebrants well understand the distress faced by the bereaved and the valuable role played by funeral directors at this time.
Some of us have been fortunate enough to have attended funerals in which the life of the deceased is celebrated with joy and laughter, with the person’s family and friends participating and sharing their memories and anecdotes. A good funeral makes a world of difference. It helps people to share their grief and recollections, giving them permission to lovingly remember the person who has died, and can be an immensely healing step in the grief
How can a good funeral be created?
The best funerals take time. They take patience and understanding. They require a special sort of person, someone who is prepared to sit with other people’s grief, and give them the time they need to collect their thoughts, bring out photos, think about music, and tell many many stories. They require someone who is able to visit the
family until late in the evening, and be contactable at all times.
The celebrant then must take the stories and turn them into ceremonies, checking back with the family within twenty-four hours to ensure that everything is just how they want it to be. The funeral is invariably held within a very short space of time, meaning that the celebrant has very limited time in which to create a meaningful, memorable ceremony. In addition, the celebrant liaises with the funeral directors, and conducts the ceremony in a meaningful manner.
Ceremonies and conducts further ceremonies at the graveside, if required.