My New Book is to be Published!



Funeral Arranging and End of Life Decisions – a Step by Step Guide

My new book is to be published by Troubador Books on June 28th 2022 and will be available on Amazon and in all major book stores as well as the smaller independent bookshops.

Since the rise in deaths through Covid-19 there has been an increase in the need for personal, heartfelt ceremonies to celebrate the end of life.  More and more people are questioning ideas and realising that there are choices out there.

Drawing upon my years of experience as an Independent Celebrant working in the funeral industry, I have uniquely collated all the key information needed in a single comprehensive book.  My book will support you from the moment someone dies to their funeral while also empowering you to plan your own end of life care and ceremony.

My step by step guide will take away the fear and uncertainty you may feel when faced with arranging the funeral of a loved one.  It will give you back control in creating a fitting ceremony to celebrate their life, while also providing you with the tools to plan your own funeral in a way that is unique to you.  It will help you to decide on the legacy you would like to leave for future generations and you may even plan your own living ceremony before you die.

For more information, please contact Troubador Publishing or Sarah


Feedback for Family Blessing



On a beautiful day in August I was excited to perform a Naming and Blessing ceremony for the Gould family near Exeter.  It was even more special as the ceremony had been postponed many times due to Covid 19.

Michelle and Richard had asked me to write a ceremony to name their three children and also to celebrate and bless their family in front of their guests.

Michelle sent me these lovely words:

Sarah was an absolutely perfect Celebrant for our daughter’s naming ceremony.  As soon as we met Sarah (which was via Zoom, due to Covid) we liked her straight away and knew she would deliver a wonderful ceremony for us and we were absolutely right.  In addition to Sarah’s experience, she is kind and caring and it is clear that she genuinely wants to create an event that is perfect for her clients.  Sarah gave us loads of elements to consider and also welcomed our ideas, so as to make a truly personal and unique ceremony.  Before the event, we had a few calls with Sarah to go through details and so, on the day, we could relax knowing that Sarah had everything under control.  Extra details like being given a copy of the final ceremony and certificate in a keepsake folder added to the experience.  We are so grateful for Sarah’s involvement and had lots of positive comments from our guests.  We would happily involve Sarah in any future events we have and would have no hesitation in recommending her.  An absolutely first-class service.

 

Bev and Barney’s Wedding



There was so much love and laughter in Torbay Barn, Devon when Bev and Barnaby celebrated their wedding with their family and friends.  It was extra special for me as I had known Bev and her family for years and was so touched when she asked me to be a part of their wonderful day.

Even the rain didn’t dampen their happiness as Bev walked down the aisle with her dad to greet her new husband, Barnaby.

 

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After exchanging rings, the couple had chosen to have a Hand Fasting ceremony and promised to share each other’s laughter, and look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other

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Bev’s dad, Chris, tied the knot…..

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…..before Bev and Barnaby read their heartfelt Vows to each other and signed the certificate.

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They walked back down the aisle to cheers and confetti to I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth

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Their beloved dogs also joined in the ceremony!

“Thank you Sarah, it was the best day ever” – Bev and Barnaby

Have a wonderful life together and remember that being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

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Chloe and Rob’s Festival Wedding



The scene was set for a festival themed wedding at Holsome Park near Diptford, Devon.

For Chloe and Rob, attending gigs and festivals together is a regular occurrence included attending V festival, Glastonbury, Reading and even Benicasim in Spain. Camping, dancing and having a great time in a field clearly linked to their chosen venue.

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Chloe and her bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Times Like These by The Foo Fighters with all of their guests joining in with the chorus.


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Their mothers lit a candle each before Chloe and Rob lit the main candle representing the coming together of their two lives and going forward into a shining lifetime together.

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Chloe and Rob love spending time by the sea so the Sand Ceremony was perfect for them.  There was sand from Gwithian Beach, the beach where Chloe and Rob got engaged and sand from South Milton, their local beach that they regularly visit together.

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They had also decided to have a Blessing of Rings so, as the box containing their rings was passed around the guests for their blessing, You’ve got the Love by Florence and the Machine was played.

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It was also a moving moment when they exchanged their rings.

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Chloe had made their hand fasting cord from three strands, including red for love, to represent the qualities they wanted to invite into their relationship. Once their hands were tied, they read their heartfelt Vows to each other.


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After signing the Certificate, followed by their witnesses, our lovely couple kissed to cheers and applause before walking back down the aisle to I Bet you Look Good on the Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys.

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The celebrations continued well into the night, perfectly captured by Mark the photographer from Evolve (www.evolvephoto.co.uk)

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Chloe and Rob sent me the following testimonial:

Thank you Sarah for our incredible ceremony, it was exactly what we wanted.

It was so nice to be able to have a ceremony that was truly personal to us as a couple. You really captured our life together in words. Many of our guests commented on how beautiful it was.

You were very supportive throughout the whole process, providing recommendations for our vows and ideas for the ceremony.

I cannot recommend Sarah enough!

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Funeral Colours



The most meaningful funeral captures the life and personality of the person,

which can be shown through the choice of music, poems and flowers and the

involvement of family and friends. Over a person’s life, they may have shared

their journey with many people; friendships have been made, love shared and

memories created. Adding personal touches to their funeral can involve all these

people who meant so much to them.

 

It may be the wish of the person who has died for mourners to wear bright

colours, or the family may ask to wear a specific colour or ribbon in support of a

charity.

Dave’s family wanted everyone to wear Manchester United colours. They

draped their grandad’s Manchester United scarf on his coffin and then sang

‘Glory Glory Man United’ at the end.

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