Funeral Colours



The most meaningful funeral captures the life and personality of the person,

which can be shown through the choice of music, poems and flowers and the

involvement of family and friends. Over a person’s life, they may have shared

their journey with many people; friendships have been made, love shared and

memories created. Adding personal touches to their funeral can involve all these

people who meant so much to them.

 

It may be the wish of the person who has died for mourners to wear bright

colours, or the family may ask to wear a specific colour or ribbon in support of a

charity.

Dave’s family wanted everyone to wear Manchester United colours. They

draped their grandad’s Manchester United scarf on his coffin and then sang

‘Glory Glory Man United’ at the end.

Man United Store - Manchester United Scarf-Red

Music for Funerals



Every ceremony is unique and personal, and music can be crucial in setting the

tone and feel. Music can bring people together in emotionally distressing times

and also give pointers back to the past, drawing on family traditions that have

been laid down and maintained over the years. Hymns and religious music are

sometimes chosen for this reason and it is always moving to see family and

friends stand and sing a favourite hymn together.

 

Songs that have the most impact are often those that were favourites of the

deceased because the lyrics and style reflected their life, loves and achievements.

Music can also celebrate special events in their lives such as a first dance song or

music chosen for their son’s wedding. The music that you choose can be purely

instrumental or with lyrics; it may be a live performance or pre-recorded. If your

loved one enjoyed walking on the moors, maybe you could listen to a recording of

birdsong?

 

To find out about your loved one’s taste in music, begin by talking to family and

friends and looking at their CD or record collection.

 

There could be a professional singer who will perform the music that has special

meaning for your family, from sacred music and favourite hymns to popular

songs. Everyone can sing together – maybe a song that strongly resonates with

the loved one’s life and legacy and, ideally, is familiar to the majority of those

present.

 

Bring Me Sunshine – Morecambe and Wise is a very popular song.

The lyrics can be printed in the order of service so that everyone can

follow the words as they sing together.

What Does a Celebrant Do?



The dictionary definition of a celebrant is: ‘a person who performs a rite’. This has

traditionally meant a vicar, minister or priest, with the ceremony taking place in a

church or other religious building. These days, we have more choices and the

importance of selecting the right celebrant for your loved one’s celebration of life

cannot be underestimated.

 

The celebrant is there to hold the ceremony together and make sure it runs

smoothly. They set the tone, cue the music and introduce the speakers. It is

preferable to have someone who is not emotionally attached to the deceased, can

speak well and will also deal with any unexpected occurrences. At a crematorium,

the celebrant also has to make sure the ceremony keeps to time.

 

This is the one occasion when your loved one’s life story is to be told, their

memories are honoured and their body is put to rest. The celebrant will meet the

family in advance and – through sensitive questioning and careful listening –

enable them to have their stories and feelings shared, before writing the ceremony

and reading it on the day. The family should choose someone they feel

comfortable with.

 

To find a celebrant, recommendations from friends are helpful and online

research is worth doing – always check the celebrant’s testimonials. It is entirely

your choice who leads the ceremony and, even though the funeral director may

recommend a celebrant, check they are experienced, fully trained and aligned to

your values and beliefs. Bear in mind that celebrants work with the funeral

directors and are not employed by them.

 

Celebrant fees will be listed under ‘prices on request’ on the funeral director’s

website. This means that celebrants can continue to offer a completely

personalised service at a cost that is appropriate to their creativity, experience

and local economic market.

Associate of the Guild of Cornish Celebrants



The Guild of Cornish Celebrants has been set up by Denise and Nicola to promote quality celebratory ceremonies which fully reflect the wishes and beliefs of the couples and families they work with. The aim of The Guild is to give an assurance of excellence – they are passionate about providing bespoke and unique ceremonies for any occasion. The hallmarks of a mediaeval ‘Guild’ were their professional ability and demonstrated accomplishment; they are redefining the ‘Guild’ concept for the 21st century, bringing a traditional quality standard to a new contemporary offering, ensuring ceremonies from the Guild always meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.

After a very successful meeting with Nicola and Denise from the Guild of Cornish Celebrants, I am pleased to announce that I am now an Associate of the Guild performing ceremonies in Devon for them.  I will continue to help you create and then conduct your unique and individual Ceremony where ever and whenever you wish.  I believe that your Ceremony is at the very heart of your day.

Together we will create meaningful memories, which will bind you closer and give joy to all the special people on your special day.

Maggie’s Ceremony



I received wonderful feedback from my friend Chris Dew recently.  I felt pleased and privileged to perform her mother’s ceremony and I find it hard to believe that my relationship with her lovely family has lasted for over 30 years!  At the end of the ceremony I handed out paper hearts of forget me not seeds so that year after year the flowers will blossom in memory of Maggie.

I have known Sarah for many years so l had no hesitation in asking her to conduct the service for our final farewell  to my mother. Sarah is passionate  about her work and she sensitively and carefully guided us through what should be included in our service. She had a wealth of ideas to make the service personal and meaningful. 

Relatives and friends attending the service were thoroughly impressed by Sarah’s compassion and professionalism and all felt the service was a perfect way to say goodbye to my mother and celebrate her life.

Thank you for Everything



I received this lovely message on my Facebook page recently after their mum’s funeral:

Sarah has been there for my family on two occasions now. She guided us and supported us through the funeral ceremony for our Father in  and again recently, when we lost our beloved Mum in the thick of the 2020 lockdown crisis!

Sarah is calming and thoughtful. She knows the local Funeral Directors well and they work seamlessly together to guide you through the fog and fear of losing someone.

Thank you Sarah, for everything!

Page 1 of 1512345...10...Last »
© Copyright Sarah Chapman Celebrations. All rights reserved. Built by weheartdigital Ltd