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.
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.
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.
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 ashes.
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.
If you would like to discuss my services further then please see the details on the Contact Me.
“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 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 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."
“I wanted to say a big thank you for dad’s service on Friday. It was a great send off and everyone has said how nice it was.”
"We wanted to say thank you for taking Mum's service on Friday.
You are a truly warm person and lots of my family said how beautiful the service was."
"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."