End of Life

End of life ceremonies

When someone dies, you might feel the last thing you want or feel able to do is organise a ceremony to say goodbye to them. But being able to provide a fitting tribute to your loved one is often seen as an important part of the grieving process.

As a civil funeral celebrant, I am there to help you create a ceremony that reflects and celebrates the life of the person who has died. I will talk to you to find out more about the person, what made them special, how they lived their life. I understand how important it is for some people to speak during the service, but that it's not the easiest thing to do. I will support you, or anyone else who wishes to speak on the day. Alternatively, if you'd like me to write and deliver all of the ceremony, I will use your memories to create a eulogy, or a tribute, to the person. I can help you to decide whether you want readings, music or any prayers or spiritual content. I will work with your funeral director, if you are using one, to ensure the service goes smoothly.

I am happy to take cremations or burials in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as in the beautiful surroundings of Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground. I also provide memorial ceremonies, scattering or interment of ashes ceremonies and a eulogy writing service.

These days, more people are thinking about their own funeral during their lifetime. They might have very clear ideas about what they do or don't want to happen. They also want to ensure their loved ones are spared having to make difficult choices if they don't know what that person would have wanted. If you’d like to talk to me about plans for your own funeral, please do get in touch.

I hope that the restrictions on funerals imposed by COVID 19 will continue to ease. I will always follow the latest guidance to protect the health and wellbeing of families, funeral industry colleagues and myself. I will always provide you with a personal, heartfelt service. Partly due to COVID, many more families are now choosing to webcast funerals. I've found that this is a good way to enable more people to be present if numbers are limited or if people are concerned about attending in person. The intimate services they relay are still very personal and dignified.

If you would like a memorial service, or a celebration of life service, once we are able to gather in larger numbers, I will be happy to support you with that.