Funeral and Memorial Services
We all deal with grief differently but a personalised and meaningful funeral service can be the start of the healing process.
I work with you and your family and friends to create a service that uniquely reflects the person whose life you’re celebrating; remembering the good times shared and using music, readings, poems, prayers, songs, hymns etc. we celebrate their life.
I meet with family and friends and have a chat about your loved one’s life. We’ll remember the fun times and you can tell me those funny and poignant stories that’ll help me get a sense of the real person and what made them unique and special. Then I’ll weave together the chosen elements to create a service that tells their story, including their experiences, character, qualities and beliefs.
You may want family and close friends to be involved in the ceremony by reading a poem or making a personal tribute, by playing live music or singing a favourite song or hymn. There are no set rules as to what can be done and I welcome and encourage anyone who wishes to play an active role in the service, saying goodbye in a way that has significance for them and all those present.
As an English Celebrant in France I can use a mix of religious, non-religious and spiritual elements to produce a ceremony that’s uplifting and positive because it focuses on and celebrates life.
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done
Scattering Of Ashes
Sometimes the world moves too fast for us and we’d like more time; more time to adjust and take stock; more time to come to terms with our grief. A Scattering of Ashes Ceremony can be held weeks or months after the funeral service: this gives you that extra time to think, plan and organise your special farewell ceremony.
So you can share your initial thoughts about the ceremony, it’s always easiest to talk. So please use the contact page and send me an email outlining one or two days and times you’re available and we’ll arrange a chat.