Funerals

“I think, no matter where you stray, that I shall go with you a way”
– Dorothy Parker

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Saying goodbye your way

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When someone you love passes away, the world stops. You will have to say goodbye to a person who has played an important part in your life.
When you are coping with bereavement you may not be fully aware of the funeral options available. Nowadays, people develop their own beliefs about life and death. These may not always be covered by traditional religious or humanistic funerals. As an independent celebrant, I can create and conduct a personalised ceremony. You can include elements that are meaningful to you or to the person that has passed away: religious, spiritual, humanistic or secular.

Mourn a death, celebrate a life

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Funeral ceremonies are an occasion where people can mourn the deceased and where they can share memories about the person they have lost. A funeral service does not only have to be a sad occasion. The ceremonies I create also contain and uplifting elements, capturing the spirit of the person you have lost with dignity and gratitude. You may want to invite family and friends to take part in the ceremony by means of readings, music or personal tributes. Often, the ceremony takes place at a crematorium, but any other location can be chosen: an old chapel, an outdoor place, a venue that has been meaningful to the deceased, or at home.

Home funerals: a safe and intimate way of caring for your loved one

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A home funeral invites family and friends for a healing after-death care experience. A home funeral gives time to prepare the body for a home vigil, to care for the body whilst lying in honour, and to transport the body to the place of burial or cremation. I can help you in creating ceremonies and rituals for the key moments in a home funeral process. From being with the dying person, to washing and dressing the body, preparing the room, vigil, leave-taking, and disposition. Home funerals are legal and safe and provide a wonderful way to care for your loved one.

Goodbye ritual

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When someone is critically ill and realises that they will be dying soon, it may give comfort to share ideas and wishes when someone is still alive. I can also help you in creating a goodbye ritual.

Memorial ceremony

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On special anniversaries (birthdays, wedding days, and dying days) it might give comfort to memorialise the deceased and share memories. This can be done at any location, and can take any form you wish.

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How do I work?

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Services
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  • First meeting. On most occasions I will meet with the family to create the most appropriate kind of funeral ceremony. Through your stories and memories we will add meaning to the life of the person who has passed away. I will discuss your wishes and ideas with you, and together, we will select texts, music, rituals and symbols that reflect the personality of the individual you have lost.
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  • Ceremony design. After our first meeting, I will deliver a first draft of the script for the funeral service. Together, we will fill in the details in the days before the service. When the script is final, we will walk through all elements of the service. This enables you and any participants to be well prepared for the day.
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  • The ceremony. On the day, I can conduct the funeral service and support any family members and friends who want to participate.

 

Credentials

“Rosalie really managed to capture the essence of what makes Sue who she was. It was a really fitting tribute and it was very moving hearing her reading it out.”

I have completed advanced training in Funeral Celebrancy. I am a member of the Professional Fellowship of Celebrants and a supplier member of the National Association of Funeral Directors. .

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