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Cornflowers: In ancient times these blooms accompanied the dead as an aid to reanimation. photo credit: natura morta via photopin (license)

Funerals for Unprecedented Times

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funeral ceremonies during the Covid – 19 outbreak

A funeral marks a significant event – the end of a unique life, the loss of a loved person, the crossing of a threshold. Imagine a singular event, created with care, weaving together the colourful strands of a life, to express the true nature of the person, giving voice to the loss felt by the community of all those who loved them. This is a funeral with heart.

Independent Funeral Celebrant in Somerset.

I am an independent funeral celebrant, trained by the award-winning funeral directors green fuse and working from my home in Somerset. I will meet with you in the comfort of your own home, or another agreed venue if you prefer. I will take the time to listen to you in order to get a true sense of the person you have lost and make sure that he or she takes centre stage for the last time, by composing a beautiful, individual ceremony that will be both the celebration of a distinctive life and the tender mourning of a loss. I can help you to find readings and music and other personal touches to make the funeral special.

‘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 your help with G’s funeral and the lovely service; her eulogy was beautiful. You have made a very difficult time so much easier and less stressful; we appreciate everything you did for us.’ Laura and Lee.

Most people now are not affiliated to a particular religion. They are unaffiliated, but they still have their own beliefs. I will respect individual views and spiritual beliefs, and compose and conduct an appropriate, well-structured and imaginative ceremony, right from the heart. You, the family and friends, can participate in any aspect of the preparation and holding of the ceremony you wish to. This is a funeral with soul.

This video, produced by green fuse, illustrates the approach that I use:

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 all the preparation and the excellent service provided in T’s Cremation Service; nothing was to 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 cannot thank you enough for the way in which you delivered Mums funeral. Everyone commented on how well it went and that Mum would have enjoyed the day. Thank you for the presentation copy. It is a lovely momento. Keep up the excellent work. I know its your job, but feel you do take extra particular care of people\us in times of sadness. Your kindness and understanding at a time in ones life when your emotions don’t always let you think straight, is so much appreciated.’ D & J Wilcox.

‘Thank you so much for your kindness and consideration yesterday. Regardless of people’s beliefs, the service you gave for Mum showed her warmth, kindness, sense of humour and values that anyone would be proud to have. It had certainly an appropriate tone for Mum.’ Linda

‘Just a note to express our thanks for the service given to celebrate the life of our Mum. You captured the essence of her life and her personality exactly as the family remembered and wished for. Thank you so much for your time and understanding.’ B & E

‘We just wanted to say thank you for all you did yesterday and all the preparations for the ceremony. We were delighted with the way you held everything together – the tone was just right. People have been giving very favourable comments. We’re so pleased we found you!’
Anne, Sarah and Cathy

‘Everyone said what a beautiful service it was and that you spoke with real warmth when recounting D’s life and interests. You included so many details and brought a smile to all our faces when talking about D teaching us practical skills. We couldn’t have had a better celebrant and really appreciate all you did and said to make it a wonderful ‘send off’.’ Jane

‘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.

Please feel free to contact me to arrange a free, no obligation, exploratory conversation to discuss your requirements.