I’ll Remember You



I have collected many poems for all types of ceremonies over the years and can share these with families when they are planning their loved ones funeral.  This poem is beautiful.

Inspiration for Funeral Celebrancy



I was inspired to change my career from teaching music and drama to becoming an Independent Celebrant when, in 2012, I read a poem at my mother in law’s funeral.  I had such lovely comments after the ceremony that I trained with Civil Ceremonies Ltd. and have a Diploma in Celebrancy: Naming and Couples (QCF) and a Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (QCF).

The funeral ceremony will focus on celebrating and reflecting the life of the deceased and the tribute will be respectful and highly personal.

I come to your home and share a cup of tea, you can explain the photo on the mantlepiece and have an ordinary conversation about planning this extraordinary occasion.  Now I offer meetings by Zoom, phone, Skype, Whats app and email so that we all remain safe.  I also organise Virtual Ceremonies online so that you can be in a “room” with relatives and friends.

As part of the ceremony you can sit in silence, play music or chat amongst yourselves, ask relatives and friends to talk about the person’s life then have a space where everyone can come up and share stories of your loved ones dreadful jokes!  You can definitely laugh!  You can light candles, place flowers and you can ask everyone to wear purple or Plymouth Argyle shirts.  With gentle questioning, I find out about your loved one’s life then write the eulogy for you, I always give you a draft for you to change, adding memories as they occur, until it is perfect for you.

As a former music and drama teacher, I can advise you about poems and music.  They are the most emotive elements of the ceremony and can stay in the hearts and minds of those attending indefinitely.

Whilst not a religious ceremony as such, religious content may be included, such as prayers or hymns.

There appears to be a growing demand for these types of ceremony and the feedback from families is excellent, expressing heartfelt thanks for a ceremony that provided the funeral that they believe the deceased would have wanted.

Scattering of Ashes at Sea



For all water lovers, consider scattering your ashes out at sea or a favourite river.

Click on the link to find good advice……..

https://scattering-ashes.co.uk/help-advice/where-can-you-scatter-ashes/sea-river/

 

Natural Burial Grounds



Where would you like to go when your life is over?  Donate your body to science, be cremated or be buried in a Natural Burial Ground?

Natural or Woodland  Burial Grounds are similar to cemeteries, however, with one key difference, they are managed according to ecologically sound principles, to create beautiful, nature-rich areas without the formality and memorials of traditional cemeteries.  Natural burial grounds are places full of natural life and offer an ideal environment for peaceful reflection, within nature.

I have performed ceremonies with only bird song and the rustling of trees for music.  There is no rush or time limit and the bereaved can plant bulbs or trees to commemorate their loved one.

I recommend ceremonies at these local grounds:

https://www.sharphamtrust.org/ceremonies/natural-burials

https://www.southhamsnaturalburialground-avetongifford.com/

http://www.crosswayswoodlandburials.co.uk/

Afterglow



Afterglow is a beautiful poem and a popular ending to a funeral or Celebration of Life ceremony.  Over the years I have collected many poems which I always share with families when we plan a funeral together for their loved one.  Poems and music are emotive parts of the ceremony and stay in the mind for a long time afterwards.

Celebration of Life – with a PARTY!



To make it a successful event, plan the Celebration of Life as you would a party, but make it the party of a lifetime. You may wish to organise this with friends and loved ones.

Either way use this checklist to make your event a celebration of your life.

• Food: select samples of your favourite cuisine, your special dishes;

• Drink: provide your favourite wines and beers and maybe sparkling wine for a toast;

• Favourite Pastimes: have on display things such as golf clubs, tennis racket, embroidery, photographs of you enjoying your hobbies;

• Achievements: have on display certificates, press cuttings and items you are proud of;

• Messages: write a brief speech at which you give a short message to the most important people in your life;

• Video: ask (or employ) someone to make a video of the party, and consider storing it so others can see it in the future.

On the day of the event have visitors sign a guest book and encourage them to leave positive messages.  A slideshow presentation is appropriate, highlighting memories and accomplishments.  Encourage people to share funny and uplifting stories and to bring photographs or other memorabilia to share.  Remind people that this is not meant to be sombre as a funeral would be, so the dress code does not need to be restricted to the traditional funeral black.

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