Funerals and memorials
Arrange a funeral, celebration of life or memorial service with the help of a caring, experienced celebrant
Do you want to mark the death of a loved one in a way that reflects their life and what was important to them? Do you have ideas for what you'd like to include, but don't know where to start? Or even plan your own funeral service? I'm an experienced, compassionate and creative celebrant, I can help.
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 an important part of the grieving process.
I can help you create a ceremony that reflects or celebrates the life of the person who has died. You don't have to hold a funeral or memorial in any particular place - yes you might wish to hold it in a chapel attached to a crematorium, or at a burial ground, but there are many other options, village halls, woodland areas or a favourite place, in your own garden, or a hotel. You might want a very low key service, or perhaps a more widely-attended memorial service.
I will spend time with 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 be able to speak or give the eulogy at 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, and anyone else who is involved, to ensure the service goes smoothly. I can also recommend local venues, funeral directors, funeral service providers and florists, people I work with regularly.
Where can celebrant-funeral and memorial services take place?
I am happy to conduct services for cremations, burials, memorial services and ashes ceremonies in the areas around Oxford, Northampton, Banbury, Rugby and Buckingham. There are some wonderful natural burial grounds in this area, including the beautiful surroundings of Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Greenhaven Woodland Burial. There is also the Mid-England Barrow, which is a breath-takingly beautiful place to hold a funeral, memorial or to keep your loved one's ashes safe. I regularly work at these crematoria: Aylesbury Vale Crematorium, Buckinghamshire, Banbury, Crown Hill in Milton Keynes, Rainsbrook in Rugby, Oxford and North Oxford, The Counties in Northampton and Oakley Wood near Leamington Spa. I also provide memorial ceremonies, scattering or interment of ashes ceremonies and a eulogy writing service.
Plan your own funeral
These days, more people are thinking about their own funeral during their lifetime. You might have certain wishes that you would like to be observed. You might want to spare your loved ones from having to make difficult choices. Or perhaps you don't have any next of kin, or anyone you would want to oversee your wishes. If so, please do get in touch as I can help you to make informed decisions about how you would like your death to be observed, whether that's sketching out the details, or writing the ceremony in full for you to approve. I'm here to help give you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out when the time comes.
"I just wanted to thank you on behalf of dad and the rest of the family for what you did for us on Friday.
The entire event couldn’t have gone better and we genuinely appreciate the effort, respect and sensitivity
that went into everything you did. It was hugely reassuring to know that we were in safe hands.
Thanks also for the fair copy of the service, a lovely touch which I know that dad will treasure.
You have helped us enormously to get through those difficult first few days."