Celebration of Life



When someone is born we celebrate their entrance into our world and our lives.  We feast and celebrate when a child is born.  We celebrate each year that passes with birthday parties, marking the annual ceremony of when someone’s life began.  Why should the end of life be any different, why focus on the negative aspect of a person leaving us when we should look back and celebrate all that they have accomplished?

Celebrations of Life are becoming popular, often organised by hospices to increase the quality of life for the dying patient and to give support to the family.

They are also being organised by individuals who want to be present, and indeed to be the centre of attention, at the last celebration of their lives.  It is a time to honour and appreciate the living. 

They want to enjoy their own funeral and the opportunity it gives them to see for the last time their friends, relatives, former colleagues, neighbours, team mates and those whose lives have touched theirs.

You can acknowledge important relationships, recount stories, give and receive comfort, and answer questions. You can smell the flowers, hear the eulogy, readings, prayers, and music. You can speak of your own life and legacy, about what mattered to you and motivated or inspired you over your lifetime, and about what your relationships have meant to you. You can convey hopes, dreams, and last wishes and share in the tears and in the laughter.

Having a Celebration of Life doesn’t mean there can’t be a traditional funeral after death. It simply means that there is a ceremony with the person before they are gone, and they get to enjoy life with those they love before they must go, and hopefully pass with renewed good memories and the feeling that they’ve made peace with their life, peace with those in their life, and peace with their eventual death.

Funeral Wishes



Planning your own funeral or memorial ceremony can provide peace-of-mind to you and your family. By planning your ceremony in advance you can design and specify the exact type of ceremony you’d like, so that your friends and family celebrate you as you wish and they’ll have clarity about your final wishes during a difficult emotional time.  The more time spent planning a funeral, the more memorable the occasion will be. Share your views and advice…everyone’s funeral should be as special as their lives.

I will guide you through all your options and then create a Funeral Wishes document for you to give to your Next of Kin.  This can include place of ceremony, music, letters, photographs, poems, where you would like any ashes scattered and even special requests to personalise your Funeral Wishes.

Life Goes On

I want fireworks at my funeral

To brighten up your eyes

I want clowns at my funeral

To return all your smiles

I want dancing at my funeral

To help you move along

I want a party at my funeral

Filled with your happy throng

So, party, party, party

And cheer my spirit with song

As my last wish is you celebrate

That life goes on

Michael Ashby

Please contact me on 07870763304 for more details.

Remember your Life



Remember your life.  Memories can fade no matter how hard you try to hold on to them so record your memories down while they’re vivid.

Write them down, video them or make an audio recording to share with the family. It makes the Eulogy at your funeral much easier for your family! Make sure you tell your loved ones what YOU want to happen when you die – they are not mind readers.

Decide how you would like to be remembered:

Build a library

Buy a village, goat or a well

Plant a tree, bulbs that come up every year or a bed of Forget-me-nots

Name a star

Adopt an animal

Fund a scholarship

Start a charity

Record a song

Talk to me and I will help you write your Funeral Wishes to celebrate your life, your way.  Remember death is the destination we all share.

The Celebrant Accord



I have been a Celebrant since 2012 and I am so pleased to be able to adopt The Funeral Celebrant Accord so that all my families know that I always offer the best service.

The Funeral Celebrant Accord

The Funeral Celebrant Accord defines the attributes and skills required of an excellent funeral celebrant and is intended to set the standards by which all celebrants offering funeral services should be measured.

The role of a funeral celebrant is to serve the bereaved and their community by creating and leading a personal, accurate and respectful funeral ceremony.

Their work should clearly reflect the life, values and beliefs of the person who has died, acknowledge and give time to their community of family and friends, and create an environment in which the grieving process can be held and supported.

An excellent funeral celebrant:

1. Is professional

2. Cares for their clients

3. Is calm and shows natural leadership

4. Writes personalised ceremonies

5. Cares about their self-development

Funeral Wishes



Planning your own funeral or memorial ceremony can provide peace-of-mind to you and your family. By planning your ceremony in advance you can design and specify the exact type of ceremony you’d like, so that your friends and family celebrate you as you wish.  By letting your family know how you’d like your funeral or memorial ceremony to be, they’ll have clarity about your final wishes during a difficult emotional time.  The more time spent planning a funeral, the more memorable the occasion will be. Share your views and advice…everyone’s funeral should be as special as their lives.

I will guide you through the whole process and then create a Funeral Wishes document for you to give to your Next of Kin.  This can include letters, photographs, poems, Memory Stick etc. to personalise your Funeral Wishes

Contact me on 07870763304 for more information

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