How I approach Funeral Ceremonies and Rites
After being a funeral celebrant for over 20 years, I've learned that an authentic funeral ceremony starts with deep listening. It's so important to give space to hear the ones that are left behind while at the same time offering understanding and professional guidance.
I bring who I am to the space, both as academic and ritual maker. The feedback I recieve from those in the industry and clients is that I'm compassionate and skilled, with a warm comforting presence. What's important is that I draw out from you the essence and key stories of the person who has passed and put it in an appropriate context.
I encourage you to call me for a no obligation chat. This can be before you book a funeral director or afterwards.It's important you know you have a choice of celebrant or facilitator at your service, you don't have to settle for your first referral, either by a Funeral Director or friend.
Even though there is a structure for both funeral and memorial ceremonies, it's important to know you can make creative decisions within that structure. I am a writer, so can write the eulogy with you, or you can write your own eulogy.
The first step is that I send you some resources that are easy to follow. The elements of a funeral ceremony, how to write a eulogy, how to start with tributes and poems and readings.
The next step is that I meet those who were closest to the person who passed away, so I can have a conversation with you about who that person was and how you want the ceremony or ritual to go; most importantly I educate you on what your choices are.
In the end it's a story of that person's life. Sometimes a number of tributes, paint the picture of the person and the pieces fall together. I can help you with the flow, the start, the end and everything in between.
On the day of ther service it's all about a caring and authentic delivery of the service. As I have a background in acting and singing, people often compliment me on my warmth, tone and pace.