Funeral Services and Celebration of Life
Normally held at a Crematorium, Cemetery or Burial Site, this will usually include music, opening words, tributes and a eulogy, poems or readings, and a committal or commendation. While these are the basic elements of many ceremonies, I will help you to choose what feels right for the occasion, and include any family members or friends who wish to contribute.
If you would rather focus on the celebration and not the sorrow - the life lived rather than the loss felt - it may feel right to call the service a Celebration of Life, which highlights the deceased’s life and not their death. Death is a part of life, and for many people it feels right to remember the best about a person who is no longer physically with us.
Memorial Service - a commemoration of a life where there is no body present. This might be structured in the same way as a Funeral Service, but without a committal. This service may be held anywhere you wish.
Interment or Scattering Ashes - this may come soon after cremation, or perhaps at a time in the future that feels right, or is feasible for loved ones. This ceremony may take any format you wish, and can include elements such as tributes, poetry, music, words of commemoration, etc.
Anniversary of Death - Perhaps you didn’t have the energy or presence of mind to hold the ceremony you wanted when your loved one died. For some people, whether time has healed their wounds, or whether grief remains painfully present, marking an anniversary of passing can be an affirming way of dealing with the date. Bringing your missed one present in a ceremony that befits their memory can be a wonderfully healing and energising thing to do, and something that brings people together to talk about something which often isolates us. There is no right or wrong way to remember your special person, and I can help you create a service and a ceremony that both you and they deserve.
Services for Pets - A ceremony to remember a beloved pet, with readings, photos, or perhaps a visit to their favourite park or outdoor spot.
Tree, Bulb or Seed Planting - Would you like to remember your loved one by planting a tree, flower seeds or flowering bulbs? A ceremony with family and friends to plant a living tribute can be a hopeful and inclusive way to commemorate a life.
Organised Outdoor Walk and Ceremony - Did your loved one have a special place they liked to walk or visit? An organised walk with family and friends is a peaceful and meditative way to remember them, and can incorporate an outdoor ceremony, or even a picnic.
Memorial Unveiling or Dedication - You may choose to erect a monument, such as a statue, a commemorative bench, or plaque, or perhaps plant an entire garden to honour a memory.
Music and Singing - I am also a professional singer, and would be happy to perform any suitable music for your ceremony.
Planning Your Own Funeral - If you would like to make plans for your own funeral, I can help you to structure your own thoughts, stories and memories, and create a ceremony that will be just the way you want it to be.