600 Funerals!

After 7 years as an Independent Celebrant I have reached a milestone – 600 funerals.  I have felt privileged to have helped 600 families to have the ceremony they wanted for their loved ones.  I always spend time with families and, with gentle questioning, I find out their memories and what makes their loved one so special to them.  We also discuss music, poems and flowers and I encourage them to explore the options and to have a ceremony that reflects their loved one perfectly.

I look forward to meeting, and helping, more families in the future.

Nearly Weds?

I have just joined the website Nearly Weds for couples who are engaged or planning to get engaged.  The site offers good advice and creative ideas so that  their engagement and wedding ceremony is perfect for them.

You can search for categories from Accessories to Wedding Planners in any location and also a wide variety of Venues.  They even have a section to give you Inspiration on how to celebrate this important time of your lives.

Together we will create meaningful memories, which will bind you closer and give joy to all the special people on your special day.

Have a look: https://nearly-weds.co.uk/

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.

Italian Naming Ceremony

On a recent visit to Venice, I took a boat to the islands and explored Burano.

It is such a beautiful colourful place and this doorway caught my attention.

The door was decorated to celebrate the birth of Jacob Isaac and such a wonderful way to tell everyone about this important event!

Celebrate all the big events in your life with a personal unique ceremony – call me on 07870763304 for more details.

Castle Wedding

Joyce and Jiapeng chose the beautiful Bovey Castle Hotel in Devon for their wedding ceremony.  Their families came all the way from China and, on one of the hottest days of the year, they witnessed the love between the couple and their gorgeous daughter Emma.

To unite their families I performed a Candle Ceremony.  I invited both mothers to come forward to light two candles representing the love and support of their families.  I then invited Jiapeng and Joyce to take the candles and light the centre candle.  As the one light cannot be divided so they would be united from this day forth and go forward into a shining lifetime together.

Joyce and her mother made the Hand Fasting cord together and all the guests placed pink roses, a symbol of grace, joy, admiration and happiness, in the vase along with all of their hopes, best wishes and love for them both.  

From this day forward,

You shall not walk alone.

My heart will be your shelter,

And my arms will be your home.

Jiapeng and Joyce sent me their photographs with a lovely note:

Jiapeng and I would like to thank you very much Sarah. You have been very helpful since our first phone call and meeting. You used your experience to help plan the whole wedding ceremony. It was a perfect day and everyone enjoyed it so much!
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