Funerals in Devon and Cornwall

My book, Funeral Arranging and End of Life Choices, a Step by Step Guide, will be published by The Book Guild in June 2022.

In 2012, I trained with Civil Ceremonies Ltd. and have a NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (RQF).  I have also completed an Introduction to a Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying course with Living Well Dying Well and am a member of End of Life Doula UK.

As a Funeral celebrant, my role is to offer bereaved families a heartfelt Funeral ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family.  The 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.

Since 2010, I have led Singing for the Brain sessions for people with early dementia and their carers  so I understand their needs and am a trained Dementia Friend.

I also offer Celebration of Life ceremonies for individuals who want to be present at the last celebration of their lives.  It is a time to honour and appreciate the living when they are new the end of their lives through age or illness.  They want to enjoy their own funeral and give them the opportunity to see for the last time their friends, relatives, former colleagues, neighbours and all those whose lives have touched theirs.

Contact me directly or give my details to your Funeral Director and let me know how you would like the funeral and I will provide a beautiful, memorable ceremony for your loved one.

If you are booking me via a funeral director, please ask them to check my availability prior to making the final arrangements.

** Funeral Ceremonies Helpsheet **

Funeral Wishes – Planning your own funeral or memorial service can provide peace-of-mind to you and your family. By planning your service in advance you can design and specify the exact type of service 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 service to be, they’ll have less difficult and complicated decisions to make during a difficult emotional time. 

As Jim wrote to me after his brother’s funeral:

“The ceremony was perfect for my brother.  I didn’t know that I could be so moved.  Thank you for your help in choosing the music and the poems.  It made the whole process simple and beautiful.”  Jim

A local family wrote:

“Thank you for your guidance and the dignified way in which the service for Mum was carried out.  I am sure Mum would have been very happy indeed and many people have said what a lovely service it was.”

Thank you from a family from Plymouth

“Sarah Chapman the Celebrant who carried out the service on my behalf, was absolutely brilliant.  I don’t think I could ask for, or get, any better.  It is my intention, when my time comes, to have the same sort of ceremony and Sarah!”

I also offer MEMORIALS and SCATTERING OF ASHES ceremonies.

Please ask about the BESPOKE FUNERAL WISHES I offer for the well organised people who would like to plan their ceremony in advance.

I have a national qualification Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (QCF) and I am a Member of the Institute of Civil Funerals (M.I.C.F.)

I have also adopted The Celebrant Accord so that you are sure I always give excellent service to all my families.



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