Each funeral ceremony I conduct is individually written with the personality and beliefs of the deceased person in mind and a very personal tribute to their life and personality as the centrepiece. If you wish to take a more active role in creating and leading the ceremony I will support you to do this.
There is no requirement to hold a funeral in a crematorium or chapel, and I can advise on suitable venues if you prefer to hold the funeral elsewhere. This can often allow more time and flexibility around the form the funeral takes. Many people are concerned about the environmental impact of funeral practices and you may wish to consider a greener funeral. There are a number of well-run sites in the area - see the links page for details.
Most families prefer to follow the advice of their funeral director regarding the choice of celebrant, but if you wish to contact me direct I'm happy to talk to you at any stage of planning a funeral.
I mostly work within a 30 mile radius of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, but I'm happy to travel further afield for a small additional mileage allowance. My fee for a Civil Funeral is £180. This includes meeting with you to discuss the ceremony, any discussions between the meeting and the funeral, creating and leading the ceremony itself, and providing you with a presentation copy of the text afterwards. For child and baby funerals I charge expenses only.
Scattering or Interment of Ashes
A short, simple ceremony can be very helpful as you say this final goodbye. If I have conducted the funeral I only charge expenses.
There can be many reasons to hold a memorial ceremony. Perhaps some members of the family weren't able to attend the funeral or you wish to hold a private family funeral with a more public memorial ceremony at a later date. The fee will depend on how much involvement you want me to have, but is likely to be similar to the fee for a Civil Funeral
Planning your own funeral
If you would like to plan your own funeral I can work with you to help you decide what you would like included and write your eulogy for you. The fee for this is £130.
Perhaps you're planning a DIY funeral or but would still like someone to write the eulogy. Or you've been asked to deliver a eulogy but don't feel confident in your writing skills. I can write a eulogy for you or help you to write your own.