Celebrations of Life and Funeral Wishes in Devon

End of Life – Funeral Wishes

Planning your own funeral or memorial ceremony can provide peace-of-mind to you and your family. By planning your End of Life 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.

As a professionally trained Funeral Celebrant, 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, your life story, music, letters, photographs, poems, where you would like any ashes scattered and even special requests to personalise your Funeral Wishes.

The more time spent planning your funeral, the more memorable the occasion will be.

Gerry and I would like to express our gratitude to Sarah Chapman for the sensitive, caring way she guided us through our “Funeral Wishes”. So many things we hadn’t even thought about.  Definitely a very worthwhile document to leave behind so that the pressure is taken away from the family at a very difficult time.  She gave us the time we needed to make sure all our wishes were included.

 Sarah, with her gentle humour and wonderful personality, made something none of us want to think about an experience we could face.  The family now have a useful document that will hopefully make passing a celebration of life.

Thank you so much. Gerry and Jane

I also offer Celebration of Life ceremonies for  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 when they are near the end of their lives through age or illness. 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.

As a professional Celebrant I meet with you and your family and, over a cup of tea, find out exactly what you want and how you would like to celebrate your life.  We discuss ideas and then I create a ceremony perfect for you and all those people you love.

I have performed ceremonies in many places; beaches, woods, their own gardens, hotels, on boats, cliff tops or even where you got engaged, including in Piazza San Marco in Venice, so I have vast experience with different venues and ceremonies.

Celebration of Life is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday and the hopes of tomorrow


We had never heard of a ‘celebrant’ until this occasion, and were so grateful that the funeral directors recommended Sarah. Sarah gave our terminally ill mum a fabulous celebration of her life, for which we are truly grateful. It was warm, sincere and full of our mum’s unique character. Mum loved it. Most people commented on how ‘lovely’ it was. We can’t thank Sarah enough, she was sensitive,  efficient and just great.

Ann and Mark


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