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

Celebrating a Life Well Lived



I always  go to the family’s home so that we can share a cup of tea, they can explain the photo on the mantlepiece and have an ordinary conversation about planning this extraordinary occasion.  It is always lovely to receive feedback from a ceremony and confirm I have done a good job!  We listened to his favourite composer, George Gershwin, playing I Got Rhythm as he definitely had lots of rhythm!

Just wanted to thank you so much for creating such a beautiful service for my Uncle.

I really appreciate your approach to funeral services namely “celebrating” someone’s life as opposed to commiserating their loss, this results in a lighter feeling service which is much more positively focused.

I thought you were wonderful!!

500 FUNERALS IN 5 YEARS



I have been privileged to meet 500 families over the last 5 years and been able to help them tell their loved ones stories.  Some were surprising, especially to the friends and family, some were sad, some were a celebration but all of them moved me in so many ways.

Thank you for asking me to be a part of the Celebration of their lives.

CELEBRATING A LIFE



So lovely to find this in my inbox today!  It was a pleasure to write and perform a ceremony for such a wonderful man.

Just wanted to thank you so much for creating such a beautiful service for my Uncle.

I really appreciate your approach to funeral services namely “celebrating” someone’s life as opposed to commiserating their loss, this results in a lighter feeling service which is much more positively focused.

It was lovely to meet you today & thank you again, I thought you were wonderful!!

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