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Category Archives: Funerals

Dragonfly Symbolism

How can we answer the many questions young children have about death? Looking for a meaningful way to explain to neighbourhood children the death of a five year old friend, […]

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Inspiration for Funeral Celebrancy

I was inspired to change my career from teaching music and drama to becoming an Independent Celebrant when, in 2012, I read a poem at my mother in law’s funeral.  […]

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Natural Burial Grounds

Where would you like to go when your life is over?  Donate your body to science, be cremated or be buried in a Natural Burial Ground? Natural or Woodland  Burial […]

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What is a Funeral for?

What is a funeral really for?  A funeral has to do three things. First, and simplest, it must enable everyone to say farewell, in the way that best suits them. […]

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Too Soon – Babies and Children

There really are no words adequate; no words can come near, to soften the blow when we are faced with the shock of an unexpected death. But how much more […]

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Memory Table for Funerals

Create a Memory Table at the ceremony to celebrate all the hobbies and achievements that meant so much to your loved one.  I recently performed a Funeral for a carpenter […]

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Afterglow

Afterglow is a beautiful poem and a popular ending to a funeral or Celebration of Life ceremony.  Over the years I have collected many poems which I always share with […]

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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 […]

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The Celebrant Accord

I have been a Celebrant since 2012 and I am so pleased to be able to adopt The Funeral Celebrant Accord so that all my families know that I always offer […]

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Funerals around the World – New Orleans

The New Orleans jazz funeral. The boisterous, jazz-tinged funeral procession is one of the well known images of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Fusing West African, French and African-American traditions, funerals in New […]

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