Funeral and Memorial Ceremonies
Spending time with you before the funeral or memorial
I will visit you at your home to discuss the details of the bespoke ceremony for your loved one or close friend. This is your time, when you can share with me, the person you would like reflected in all parts of the ceremony. We can talk about the music, readings or poems you would like included, as well as the eulogy and how the whole funeral or memorial service will flow together.
Creating an individual celebration of life ceremony
I will work to create an individual ceremony that includes everything we have discussed and share that with you in advance of the funeral to make sure you are absolutely happy with the content.
As part of my role as celebrant and the crafting of the service, I will write and deliver a eulogy that shares those special memories of your relative or friend and reflects the essence of their individual and unique life. However, sometimes a family member or friend wishes to undertake the eulogy; whether that is writing it, delivering it, or both. We can of course have that in place; and I’m there to help in any way that I can with that part of the ceremony.
Working with your funeral director
Often, but not in every case, I will be contacted in the first instance by your funeral director and asked to undertake the ceremony part of the funeral service or memorial: so right from the outset I will be in close communication with them.
Alternatively, you can request me for the ceremony and I can then contact and work closely with your funeral director from that starting point.
After meeting with you and discussing the ceremony content, I will send a ‘Draft Order of Service’ to your funeral director so they know the content of the service and they can arrange with you the printing of the ‘Order of Service’ for the day of the funeral. In addition, I’ll make any other contact by phone, email or in person, that is necessary prior to the funeral.
I will work with your funeral director on the day of the funeral.
During the Service
I will welcome and guide the funeral guests from the beginning to the end of the funeral ceremony. This will include: Being at the entrance of the crematorium or at the place of burial or other venue when you arrive to greet you; advising any family and friends of what happens, how and when during the ceremony if they are delivering a poem, reading or the eulogy; delivering the service; and sharing with the guests, as the service closes, any further wishes or instructions from the family.
After the Service
I will present to you or send to you in the post, whichever you prefer, a commemorative presentation pack of the service.
Stephen (Suffolk): “Catherine is a brilliant celebrant – she really knows how to connect in a professional and sensitive way, and conducted my father’s funeral with the upmost dignity. We would highly recommend her.”
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