When my mother died in 2002, this was the first time
I had had to organise a funeral. She asked my sister and me to organise something personal and non-religious.
At that time, there was only one alternative to a religious funeral service and that was a humanist ceremony. The
humanist officiant listened to everything my sister and I wanted. With his help, we selected poems and music
to suit my mother's sense of humour and positive outlook on life. With contributions from my sister, I wrote the tribute
and my husband read it out.
my father died in 2006, I decided to write the tribute, and to read it. From the comments
afterwards, I discovered that very few people are aware that you can have a funeral which is not conducted by a clergyman.
Most people I spoke to loved the idea of a ceremony where the empasis is on the person's life, achievements
and character. I was a member of the British Humanist Association
for many years. However, after much thought, I decided to train to become a celebrant with Civil Ceremonies Ltd in October
I am passionate about providing the best
possible send-off for each and every family. I usually conduct two ceremonies each week.
I write each ceremony to suit your requirements based on what
you tell me or any notes you may have made. I will email the draft script for your approval. You might have
no religious beIiefs, like my parents, and prefer the ceremony to be completely non-religious. Or, you might have
a favourite hymn or piece of religious music which you would like to sing or listen to.
If you are at all unsure about what would be the most fitting farewell,
I can discuss this with you over the phone and then you can make your mind up in your own time with
absolutely no obligation to you.