End Of Life Tributes

A Funeral Celebrant is often the choice for a funeral service for someone who did not adopt religion and who did not accept religious interpretations of life and death. This form of funeral service celebrates the life of the deceased and do not recognise afterlife.

The Ceremony is constructed around family and friends delivering readings or prose or poetry, as well as speaking about their memories of the deceased.Music, usually favourite songs or pieces of the deceased, is often played. The Tribute – usually delivered by someone particularly close to the deceased – is the main focus of the Ceremony.

A Funeral Celebrant will meet with the family and friends to help choose the content of the service, and to learn about the life and personality of the deceased. They can also deliver the tribute if required.The death of someone we know and love is often shocking and painful, even if it is expected.

A Funeral Celebrant will provide a ceremony that offers a personal and fitting way to say goodbye to those who have lived without religion. This kind of Ceremony brings people together to express sadness at the loss but also to celebrate the life lived. They focus sincerely and affectionately on the person who has died, paying tribute to the connections they made and left behind and the way they lived their life.

Whilst a Funeral Director is the professional most likely to deal with the practical arrangements of a funeral, what type of ceremony you choose is entirely up to you. And since funerals themselves have no legal status, civil funerals – like all others – can be held in a variety of places, although in practice most are held in crematoria, cemeteries or woodland burial sites.

As your chosen Funeral Celebrant I will:

• Meet with the family and/or friends most closely connected with the person who has died to learn more about that person and ensure that the funeral justly captures their life and personality
• Advise on practical matters, such as options for the committal, for example, or the amount of time available for the ceremony at the crematorium
• Listen to your ideas on music or readings and provide their own suggestions if needed
• Share my ideas and draw on my experience when appropriate
• Liaise with those involved in the ceremony, for example, anyone who will be reading a tribute or a poem / piece of prose
• Write a unique ceremony that’s absolutely fitting for the person who has died and the circumstances
• Be a calm presence on the day, leading the ceremony with warmth and dignity
• Give you a presentation copy of the final script.

Testimonials

  • We’re back from our fabulous honeymoon and thought we’d take time out to thank you so much for making it such a special day.

    We had an absolutely sensational time and could not have asked for a better day.

    Everyone commented on how wonderful the ceremony was and how genuine and caring you were also, so a BIG thank you!

    Jane & Jerome
  • Daniel and I are now officially on our honeymoon…stuck in Los Angeles airport for 8 hours on our way to Nova Scotia.

    While we’re waiting (Waiting! Waiting! Waiting!), we thought we’d take the time to thank you sincerely for the wonderful ceremony you conducted on Sunday afternoon. We can’t believe how perfect it turned out. My Matron of Honour (Alice) told me later that when she gets married she would like her ceremony to be just like ours, as she thought it was beautiful.

    We really felt you put a lot into the occasion and that is why it was so perfect. Thank you so much.

    Ellie & Daniel
  • Having only just arrived home from our honeymoon, we just had to let you know what a marvelous job you did, and also to say ‘thank you’ again.

    Roger and I both thought you were wonderful from the moment we met you. We were both so thankful that you were prepared to listen and understand the informal style of wedding we wanted, and the personal, yet humorous, vows we wanted to share. Your support was fantastic, and we literally could not have done it without you.

    A great job Iain. Thank you so much.

    Roger & Marie
  • Iain, we can’t thank you enough on how wonderful you made our Wedding day.
    You were very professional and offered lots of great suggestions to make our Wedding day truly special.
    We had a number of meetings leading up to the wedding, and a full rehearsal, which put our anxieties at ease and made the day run smoothly.
    We highly recommend your service to other couples as we had the best wedding day, which you helped contribute to.
    Many thanks again Iain, on a great Job.

    Hayley & Jayson
  • Hi Iain!
    Dan and I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic job you did on our wedding day!
    The ceremony went really well and you did a fantastic job on the day!
    We were really pleased with how everything went on the day!
    Thanks again Iain!!!
    Cassandra and Daniel

    Cassandra and Daniel

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