I am an Independent Civil Celebrant living between Bridgwater and Taunton.
We often mark significant moments in our lives with ceremonies and my service is to offer you ceremonies uniquely tailored to your wishes and your individuality, whatever the rite of passage.
Traditionally in our society, rites of passage such as weddings and namings and funerals have been conducted by a church official or by a registrar. However, these ceremonies can lack individuality and personalisation.
If you would like to receive a truly bespoke and professional service, I offer Wedding Ceremonies, Vow Renewals, Handfasting, Commitment Ceremonies, Divorce and Separation Healing Ceremonies, Baby Naming Ceremonies, Welcoming into Families of Step Children or Adopted Children, and a Funeral Celebrancy service. As your celebrant, I will guide you through the creation of your ceremony by working closely with you, and your family and friends.
You will receive guidance, where needed, about the choices that you have and any relevant legal issues. My commitment is to ensure that your ceremony goes as you and your loved ones wish it to.
If you are looking for a guaranteed individual, memorable, meaningful and personal ceremony, at a location of your choice please call or email for a no-obligation chat or use the enquiry form on the contact page.
I am a member of the UK Society of Celebrants (UKSOC), one of a number of training and registration bodies.
Saying GOODBYE During times of Coronavirus
Are you wondering how to say goodbye and how to honour the passing of someone in your life in these unprecedented times of social distancing and social isolation?
You can still say goodbye – but in a different way. I can offer you an opportunity to mark the ending of a life, to celebrate the passing of someone special, to give you a funeral ceremony bespoke to your loved one. We just need to do it a little differently.
There are a few ways we can do this:
- We can have a memorial ceremony/celebration later in the year when the current restrictions have been lifted. I will plan with you now, around the time of your loss for this and then deliver this later in the year at a venue of your choosing.
- We can have a ceremony that I can record for you and then you, and anyone who wishes to view, can do so through a link anywhere in the world, at any time.
- We can have a ceremony that is streamed live at the time your loved one’s direct cremation or burial is taking place.
All these options allow anyone with internet access to join in or view a ceremony and take part in honouring their loved one and acknowledging their feelings and sharing in this important ritual. We will hold a virtual ceremony and join together, holding space for each other, and for the person who has passed. Music, readings, reflections, tributes can all be included.
I will hold meetings with families by phone or an online streaming service such as Zoom or Facebook Messenger, to explore how you would like the ceremony for your loved one to be, find out about them and create a bespoke ceremony that truly fits their life and contribution to this world. If family members wish to write their own tributes or record them that can be facilitated.
If you would like to talk to me, discuss options, ask questions please telephone or email me.
Coronovirus is having a huge effect in all areas of our lives, and in particular, for many families, in preventing traditional ways of honouring our deceased.
Recent guidance has seen the significant reduction in numbers of people able to attend funeral ceremonies (cremation or burial), with some crematoriums and burial grounds restricting attendees to a very few or none at all and just holding direct cremations and burials. Where ceremonies are going ahead families are being asked to respect social distancing and keep 2 metres from each other with chairs being placed far apart. Even today at a ceremony I took I could see how challenging that was for families as they wanted to share touch, hugs and handshakes with the friends and families who had attended. And then of course there are many who cannot attend as they may be in self-isolation themselves.
It is likely in the coming days and weeks that Direct Cremations and Direct Burials may become advised or even compulsory. These are when a body is taken directly for burial or cremation without a ceremony taking place.
As independent civil funeral celebrants we are having to think in different ways about how to support families and friends in saying goodbye and honouring the lives of those who have passed. I have been thinking about what I can do for the many people for whom a funeral ceremony is important in their journey through grief.
For many people a funeral ceremony or celebration of life is an important ritual to help at times of loss. Although you may not be able to attend the cremation or burial of your loved one, either due to government guidance or through your own self-isolation or social distancing, there are things that you can have.
I can offer you an opportunity to say goodbye still, to mark the ending of an important life, to celebrate the passing of someone special, to give you a funeral ceremony bespoke to your loved one. We just need to do it a little differently.
A funeral ceremony is a unique opportunity to mark the passing of a life, and in these challenging times it is important to ensure that families and friends who wish to can still have a way to do this.
If you are using a funeral director this charge will be taken care of by them