Country House Wedding

ColAdam&Laura.MattAustin-363Laura and Adam’s wedding day at Muddifords Court Country House, Willand, Cullompton was glorious.  Laura walked down the aisle on her father’s arm to “Going To The Chapel Of Love” by the Dixie Cups and their vows were heartfelt and beautiful.  They brought a tear to the eyes oColAdam&Laura.MattAustin-572f all their family and friends.  After blessing their rings and lighting a candle as a symbol of their unity, Adam kissed his bride.  As Laura wrote to me:


                                                                                                                                                  “It was an absolute pleasure to have Sarah as part of our wedding day. As soon as we met her we knew she would do an excellent job and would guide us through giving us one less thing to worry about. Many of our guests commented on what a wonderful and refreshing service it was, so personalised for us. We really feel that Sarah’s input added something very special to our day.”


Wildflowers in Memory

I received a beautiful Thank you Card from a family I met recently after I performed the funeral ceremony for their mother at Newton Abbot Burial Ground:814033bc28fa40b4e8c22e70c734b79f


“Thank you so much for the lovely service.  It was much appreciated.  Friends at the funeral commented on how pleasant and moving it was.  The flower seeds you gave at the end have been scattered under a willow tree in Newton Abbot.  Once again – Thank you.”


I always give out bookmarks with paper hearts of wildflower seeds.  When you plant them, year after year the flowers will blossom in memory of your loved one.

Sharpham Green Burial

It was a cold, crisp sunny day late last year when we met at Sharpham House to celebrate the life of an amazing lady.   Her daughter read this heartfelt poem:


I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. 

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. 

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times, and laughing times, and bright and sunny days. 

I’d like tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun 

Of happy memories that I leave, when life is done. 


We then made our way to the Burial ground to say goodbye as we listened to the birds sing and watch the sun sparkle on the River Dart as it wound its way past the vineyard.  Her family scattered rose petals on her wicker coffin in memory of all the love they had shared over the years.

Using a Funeral Celebrant helped us as a family to make the right decisions and choices for my mother’s funeral at a time when everything was overwhelming.

Sarah also gave us extra support at a very stressful time, for which I am truly grateful, and we were able to plan my mother’s funeral in a way that did not feel rushed or hasty.

Sarah helped to make the day a celebration of my mother’s life, which was exactly what my father wanted and my mother would have loved.  

We had lovely comments from friends and family about the venue, service (poetry and music), the natural burial ground and committal, lunch and sharing of memories – all of which Sarah guided us through.

With hindsight I would have involved Sarah much earlier on.

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