What I Do
I aim to create and deliver a meaningful and worthwhile celebration focused on the life of the deceased person. I talk to the family or friends and follow their instructions and wishes to create such a ceremony. The ceremony can include music, poetry and readings that may be special to the person whose life is being celebrated.
These may be cremations, burials at a venue of your choice, ashes scattering or memorials.
A funeral is an important part in the narrative of the deceased person and their family, it should be approached sensitively and carefully. It should reflect and celebrate the life of that person.
The ceremony should close the final chapter of that person’s life in a way that matches the wishes of the family and friends and tells the story of that person, of their existence, of their likes, of their importance to those they knew and those whose lives they touched and of whom they were a part.
Coronavirus – Covid-19
Arranging a funeral can be difficult at the best of times and Coronavirus Covid 19 is making things more difficult. This is likely to be upsetting and is certainly not what anyone would wish to happen. I will do all I can to work with you and the funeral director to make the best ceremony possible under the circumstances.
Both the funeral director and I can give advice about how to work with the situation, which is subject to change at short notice.
After my initial contact with you, I visit and spend one or two hours with you, finding out about the deceased person and your wishes for their ceremony. This is a very special meeting when I learn about the deceased person and discuss arrangements with you. There will be questions that you wish to ask and you will want to know more about me.
With the Covid-19 situation, this can be more difficult but it is often possible to sit in the garden or other open setting, alternatively this could be via video link, such as Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, etc.
If these are not possible, we will talk on the telephone.
After the meeting, I put the ceremony together and keep you informed by email so that you are able to see what is being written and can comment on it and amend it as necessary.
Arrangements at crematoria and cemeteries are different and vary from place to place. Usually, the ceremony will take place with restrictions on numbers of people attending. Many people have opted for a short ceremony at the crematorium, to be followed, at a later date, by a memorial when more people are able to attend.
I am also able to conduct virtual ceremonies if you wish, held entirely remotely using Google Meet or Zoom. No additional software is required as they run through the web browser on computers or phones. Humanists UK have purchased a licence to allow accredited celebrants, such as myself to use Google Meet with up to 200 participants.
A ceremony takes place at a designated time and is conducted by me, with family and friends joining by invitation using a link sent out by email. It can allow a much larger number of people to feel that they have taken part in the ceremony, sometimes across large distances. If you are interested, contact me so that we can discuss it.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.
1 Hayes View
Services provided within a 50 mile Radius.
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