Independent Funeral Celebrant, Bereavement Coach, Companion to the Dying.
With a background in professional coaching, group facilitation and training that spans over 25 years, I have been working closely with individuals and groups for most of my working life. I trust that what I bring to this work with the dying and bereaved is an in-depth understanding of personal and professional relationships, life transitions and transformations. I have extensive experience of working with ritual and ceremony as a means to mark important life events and express ourselves with heart and soul.
I was originally drawn to working more deeply with people at the end of life through my own experiences of loss and as a result of coaching others through similar life events since 2004. I feel strongly drawn to contributing to our deeper acceptance of death, dying and bereavement as a society and to us approaching these transitions as a normal part of life.
I trained as an Independent Funeral Celebrant with the award-winning training company, Green Fuse, as a Soul Midwife (Companion to the dying) with Felicity Warner and as a professional coach with an organisation accredited by the International Institute of Coaching and Mentoring.
I endeavour to be compassionate and sensitive and to bring a high degree of integrity, authenticity, care and attention to all of my work.
I am fully insured for the celebrancy, coaching and companionship work mentioned on this website.
What others say…
‘I am deeply grateful for the service that you provided for me and my family as celebrant for my wife K’s funeral. The genuine sensitive care, dignity, sound advice, decision support and added value which you provided as celebrant was exceptional and very much appreciated at a time when I was feeling lost. I am particularly grateful for your own wonderful words on the day which absolutely resonated with who K was to us all. Your handling of everyone’s input to the order of service and your pivotal role in ensuring that things ran so smoothly on the day was superb. I would be very happy to recommend your services to any of my family, friends or colleagues.’ H.P.
‘Thank you so much for all the preparation and the excellent service provided in T’s Cremation Service; nothing was too much trouble for you, truly a service I shall never ever forget. I would also like to comment on the Cremation Service Presentations which were so tastefully prepared which were a credit to you and will be treasured by us always. You really have a cooling and sympathetic nature putting people completely at ease, points which were all keenly observed by the family.’ A.B.
We were very pleased that we had engaged the services of Sally Lever for the funeral of my mother. During a difficult and sad time, Sally took out of our hands all the hard work in organizing the half hour service. She worked in a very caring and professional way before, during and after the ceremony.
Although Sally had never met her, after spending some time talking to myself, my husband, and my sister, Sally had obtained enough information to put together a wonderful eulogy which seemed to bring out the true character of my mother. Friends and relatives all commented on how moving and accurate the commemoration was.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Sally to other people who have suffered the loss of a loved one and are looking for a compassionate and professional Funereal Celebrant.
M and C
‘Just a big ‘thank you’ for the service yesterday. It was beautiful and fitting and everyone commented on what a lovely service it was.
‘Thank you for your patience and preparation as it ensured everything went smoothly, and for your kind words. I was so pleased I read my tribute to dad. I think he would have been proud of us all for a job well done! We would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone that needs your services.’ J.H.
‘Thank you so much for the lovely service that you conducted for J yesterday. It flowed so well and many friends commented that it was “the best funeral they have ever attended”. That was thanks to the way that you conducted the service with sensitivity and passion for your work. I will certainly recommend you to any friends that may need the services of a celebrant. Thank you again Sally. You made a difficult day much easier for me.’ L.E.
I felt so very comforted today during A’s service. Thank you. You captured the very essence of her throughout (how you do that from the bitty-talking-over-each-other- anecdotes, tales and emotion flying about when we met you is phenomenal ) but what I particularly wanted to say was thank you for the profound sense of comfort – in so clearly recognising the sadness at what should have been for A alongside the making space to say our goodbyes. It was a beautiful service, just so absolutely right for A and those of us fortunate to have the opportunity to be there. H.F.
‘Your work in the world is vital, and I feel blessed to have had such an auspicious time of healing with you.’ P.N.
‘I find it supportive to have someone take an interest in, and reply to, my musings. I experience your responses have a lightness & clarity to them with no judgements and find this so encouraging.’ C.H.
‘The balance between the depth and the sensitivity of your work has been superb. ‘ W.T.
‘You have helped me stop tormenting myself about the past, freed me from seeking approval from those who will never give it, and have a more peaceful and understanding relationship with my children and husband. Even with all this I am not perfect, but I will allow myself to be truer to myself and find my strength again.’ J.O.
‘Sally has a gentle and caring approach, and her insight has provided me with a “safe” environment within which to experience and address uncomfortable issues.’ S F.
‘I thought I was a confident career minded person and when ill health struck and my whole life collapsed around me I knew I wanted some help and yet resisted every step of the way. I should not have… I became calmer, less anxious and focussed on what I really wanted the future to be. Sally’s invaluable, calm, honest and open feedback have opened the way to a clearer path.’ A.H.
‘We’ve found Sally to be non-judgmental, very supportive and very flexible. She has a very sensitive approach and is able to reflect dispassionately’ A.C.
‘Sally has a very basic sanity making her an excellent sounding board. She has supported both of us in a very difficult time,’ J.C.
‘She never fails to be both insightful and objective and brings clarity to the most apparently complex situations. It is less that she has all the answers but rather that she provides a space in which answers arise naturally. Above all else her integrity shines through’ C.S.