Associate of the Guild of Cornish Celebrants

The Guild of Cornish Celebrants has been set up by Denise and Nicola to promote quality celebratory ceremonies which fully reflect the wishes and beliefs of the couples and families they work with. The aim of The Guild is to give an assurance of excellence – they are passionate about providing bespoke and unique ceremonies for any occasion. The hallmarks of a mediaeval ‘Guild’ were their professional ability and demonstrated accomplishment; they are redefining the ‘Guild’ concept for the 21st century, bringing a traditional quality standard to a new contemporary offering, ensuring ceremonies from the Guild always meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.

After a very successful meeting with Nicola and Denise from the Guild of Cornish Celebrants, I am pleased to announce that I am now an Associate of the Guild performing ceremonies in Devon for them.  I will continue to help you create and then conduct your unique and individual Ceremony where ever and whenever you wish.  I believe that your Ceremony is at the very heart of your day.

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

Maggie’s Ceremony

I received wonderful feedback from my friend Chris Dew recently.  I felt pleased and privileged to perform her mother’s ceremony and I find it hard to believe that my relationship with her lovely family has lasted for over 30 years!  At the end of the ceremony I handed out paper hearts of forget me not seeds so that year after year the flowers will blossom in memory of Maggie.

I have known Sarah for many years so l had no hesitation in asking her to conduct the service for our final farewell  to my mother. Sarah is passionate  about her work and she sensitively and carefully guided us through what should be included in our service. She had a wealth of ideas to make the service personal and meaningful. 

Relatives and friends attending the service were thoroughly impressed by Sarah’s compassion and professionalism and all felt the service was a perfect way to say goodbye to my mother and celebrate her life.

Thank you for Everything

I received this lovely message on my Facebook page recently after their mum’s funeral:

Sarah has been there for my family on two occasions now. She guided us and supported us through the funeral ceremony for our Father in  and again recently, when we lost our beloved Mum in the thick of the 2020 lockdown crisis!

Sarah is calming and thoughtful. She knows the local Funeral Directors well and they work seamlessly together to guide you through the fog and fear of losing someone.

Thank you Sarah, for everything!

Thank you!

Laughing Gran

I was privileged to perform the funeral ceremony recently of a lady I had known for a few years.  She was always smiling with a twinkle in her eye!

As we were only allowed to have 10 people in the chapel, her ceremony was live-streamed to family and friends around the world.

There was lots of smiling – and tears – and her family agreed it was a beautiful celebration of her life.  One of her granddaughters had brought along this amazing tribute to their Laughing Gran!

Funeral Processions

The situation with COVID19 means that funeral numbers are, sadly, still heavily restricted.  It is heartbreaking talking to families who have lost loved ones but cannot say a proper goodbye because of social distancing restrictions at the crematoriums or burial sites.  Grieving relatives have found it difficult not to hug one another – or even attend the service, with numbers still limited.

There is another way that we can all pay our respects and that is by lining the streets as the funeral procession passes. I am seeing more people coming out on to the street, they bow their heads, they clap for the deceased, bringing comfort to the relatives.

A funeral procession can also pause awhile outside your loved ones home for family, neighbours and friends, who cannot be at the ceremony, to say their farewells.  The journey may then pass personal landmarks that were of significance to the loved one. One family asked the funeral director to drive past all the local pubs as friends raised a glass of real ale to show their respect. 

In this new era of social distancing there are still many ways of showing we care. 


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