Dragonfly Symbolism



How can we answer the many questions young children have about death? Looking for a meaningful way to explain to neighbourhood children the death of a five year old friend, Doris Stickney adapted the graceful fable about the waterbug that changed into a dragonfly.

Doris Stickney’s Water Bugs and Dragonflies offers a child’s perspective on what the nymphs think and talk about under water when they see others disappearing up the plant stems.

It’s a great place to start discussion on the concepts of death, transformation and the soul. It’s a beautiful story, perfectly pitched for young children during the stressful, trying times around bereavement.

It is why I chose the dragonfly as my logo  as it symbolises change and transformation.

Funeral Wishes



Remember your life, memories can fade no matter how hard you try to hold on to them.  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!

Decide how you would like to be remembered:

Build a library

Buy a village, goat or a well

Plant a tree, or bulbs that come up every year

Name a star

Adopt an animal

Fund a scholarship

Start a charity

Record a song.

Talk to me and I will help you create Funeral Wishes for you to tell your loved ones what YOU want to happen when you die. 

Remember death is the destination we all share.


New Leaflets and Cards



The arrival of my new leaflets and cards is something to celebrate!  Thank you Maggie at Frankman ltd for keeping me updated every few years.

https://www.frankman.co.uk/

Naming Ceremonies



 

I love Naming Ceremonies as I get to know the families and children beforehand and together we can create a perfect and unique ceremony to celebrate their child’s name and promises for the future.  I also love receiving feedback from my ceremonies and here are a few Testimonials:

I approached Sarah Chapman after needing a private celebrant for my daughters naming do. Sarah helped me by reassuring me on the phone that it was something she could and would love to do. We met up and discussed the plans, Sarah is kind, dedicated and just over all a lovely lady. The result was amazing! We had a beautiful day with our friends and family and Sarah kept it all together perfectly!! I found Sarah to be so helpful and I would without a doubt recommend her to anyone, thanks again Sarah”

Ruth and Dave

Sarah was fantastic in helping us to make our daughter’s naming ceremony a really special and personal event. She met with us beforehand to discuss ideas and pull the ceremony together, then provided clear direction and a sense of formality on the day. Many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the event and we were very grateful to Sarah for achieving this. – Thank you from the Walker family,

We were so pleased to have Sarah as the Celebrant for our son’s Naming Day.  Sarah was friendly and professional all the way through, helping us to understand the role of a celebrant, develop our plans for the Naming Day and gave us lots of useful ideas for us to work with.  We were able to make the day really personal and just as we wanted.

Sarah was also our Knight in Shining Armour and saved the day when our helium balloons went flat on the morning of the ceremony.  Sarah rushed out to buy us some more, even though it was a Sunday, so that we could end the ceremony just as we planned.

I couldn’t recommend Sarah highly enough as a Celebrant, she made our special day really special!”

Megan and Nick

 

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 always 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.

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.

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