Your life is unique and the commemoration of your death should be too.
A funeral is a time to express grief in a last goodbye that honours a life led, it is an opportunity to recognise the true character, values and beliefs of the person who has died and a time for support, comfort and a reflection as friends and family start to come to terms with their loss.
Funeral ceremonies can involve as many friends and family as you wish, they can introduce poems or readings that they would like to read or I can design and lead the whole ceremony. I respect everybody’s beliefs and spirituality, ultimately the content of the funeral service will be of the family’s choosing.
Traditional Funerals, or Celebrations of Life, have been conducted by a member of Clergy for a religious ceremony or by a Humanist for a Non-Religious ceremony, but what if you don't know the beliefs of the loved one or you want to hedge your bets with The Lord's Prayer?
As an Independent Celebrant, I can introduce as much or as little religion into a ceremony as you feel appropriate, this can be from mixed faiths or be based on a spiritual belief but not preferring one particular religion over another.
The key to being able to celebrate a persons life an honouring their death is that the ceremony reflects their words, deeds and character.
If you want to have a favourite song sung, a gin and tonic with the coffin and have us all wear their favourite football strip or colours, then that is what we will do.
Of course, you don't have to be dead to have your wishes met at the end of your life and I am happy to help you plan your farewells before it is time to leave this mortal coil.
This option takes the worry out of things for loved ones left behind and the ceremony script is held in trust for when it is needed, all you need to do is let your next of kin know what action has been taken and where to find my contact details for when the time comes.
I’ll spend as much time with you as you need, to help you develop the
service with words, music, poems, readings, and flowers.
You can choose to have hymns that resonate with your family and childhood, or more popular or classical music that evokes precious memories of special times, or a combination of both.
I am here to help, not to take over unnecessarily. If you would prefer
to have a friend or family member lead the ceremony then I can support
with the designing of it so that all the personal elements you want are
included, along with the
practical necessities of a burial or cremation, whether that
is at a crematorium, natural burial ground, memorial or scattering of
You can reach me via my contact pages on this website, via email, on the phone or you can find lots of pictures and reviews on Facebook and Instagram.
Together, with your Funeral Director, we can develop a fitting tribute to reflect and honour your loved one in a meaningful ceremony that is a final gift and a fitting farewell.
“Thank you so much for the beautiful way you led the celebration of life today. The service was everything C would have wanted, it was comforting to share such wonderful memories of my sister with our family and friends. You are obviously very well suited to your role.”
“Thank you for giving such a beautiful send off for my mum in June.
You did her very proud indeed and for that I am very grateful. Everyone mentioned how beautiful it was and how good you were at delivering the hidden jokes within the speeches, It was perfect”
“I just wanted to say thank you for conducting such a lovely service for Mum on Friday. You helped develop, structure and deliver a service that caught the essence of who she was and allowed us to say goodbye in a meaningful way. At a difficult time when we needed guidance and compassion, you were there to provide both.”
“Thank you so much Shelley for making the day so special. Many people asked how dad knew you, that is a reflection of the fabulous job you did for us, we can’t thank you enough.”
"A proud man, an entertainer, who knew a little about a lot and loved to share his stories with his family - that sounds like a great way to be remembered."
"Thank you very much Shelley, all the family agreed that it was exactly the simple service that was requested. It was good to meet you albeit under sad circumstances."
“I would just like to once again thank you for the wonderful service you conducted for my Dad. It was just perfect.
Everyone commented how relaxed and 'enjoyable' it was even though it was a sad occasion.”
"Thank you so much, Shelley, for making the day so special. Many people asked how dad knew you. That is a reflections on how fabulous a job you did for us. We can't thank you enough."
"Thank you for giving such a beautiful send off for my mum in June. You did her very proud indeed and for that I am very grateful. Everyone mentioned how beautiful it was and how good you were at delivering the hidden jokes within the speeches, It was perfect."
"What an excellent service, perfect in every aspect. Thank you for capturing a moment in time with such grace. We couldn't have had it better."
"I just wanted to write a few words of thanks to you for making a sad occasion run smoothly, professionally and friendly. We loved the service, and other mourners said the same. Thank you once again for the beautiful service you provided."
"I just wanted to say thank you for the bottom of my heart for making the service so special. It was a fitting tribute for such a special man."
"What a wonderful job you did yesterday at J's funeral. It was perfect, you got everything right. It was a real celebration of his life and everyone said they'd enjoyed it, which was down to you. You have such a caring way, putting everyone at their ease. It wasn't a sad day, all of our friends were there and we all applaud you."
"Thank you so much, not just for yesterday, but for all of your involvement. We felt very looked after and safe in your hands. It was pretty much perfect in our eyes and Dad would have loved it. You have a gift of setting just the right tone, you did that when we first met, and you did it yesterday."
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