Celebrant Led Funeral Ceremonies
We believe that good funerals are incredibly important. A good funeral can really help us to work through the complex set of emotions that come up when someone has died.
That's why we work closely with London's best celebrants to put together meaningful, relevant, helpful, creative, and family centered funeral ceremonies that help us to deal with acknowledging and accepting that someone has died.
Funeral celebrants will facilitate the funeral that you’d like to have based on your beliefs, not theirs. The funerals they put together are created especially for you. They can include elements of religion such as prayers and hymns, if that's what you want. The celebrants we work with will visit you at home and spend time talking at length about the life of the person who has died before putting together the funeral.
If you or someone you know feels capable of leading the funeral service, you can do that. You can put together the funeral yourself or appoint a celebrant to assist you with certain elements such as how to structure it.
There’s a whole spectrum of celebrants with different styles and offerings. After we've spent some time with you, we'll be able to recommend someone who we think will be a good match. We can put you in touch with any of the celebrants below. We recommending having a chat with them to see if they're the right choice for you before appointing them as your celebrant.
If you'd like to talk through ideas for the funeral ceremony, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.
Emma specialises in highly bespoke ceremonies and bereavement support. She will work with you to create a ceremony that celebrates the life of the person who has died, whilst acknowledging the extent of your loss, whatever your beliefs.
Emma is also a grief counsellor and was the runner up for Minister of the Year in the Good Funeral Awards 2017 - the first secular minister to be recognised in this category.
She is also a professional opera singer.
Louise is a celebrant, a funeral director and a writer, specialising in putting together sensitive and thoughtful ceremonies.
She’s passionate about creating meaningful funerals of style and substance, which help those left behind acknowledge and accept the death of someone they love. She’s happy to do as much or as little as needed and brings her unique creativity and storytelling abilities to funerals.
Ruth Valentine has been a celebrant since 2009. She's also worked as an undertaker.
Ruth loves ceremonies that use live music, poetry, texiles and visual art as well as words; but equally the very simple ones that work as a powerful tribute to the person who's died. She encourages families to direct the process in whatever way feels right for them. This could be designing and delivering it all, with Ruth acting as MC; or briefing her to speak for them.
Ruth is a poet and writer - her writing skills help her find the tone and style to reflect the person who's died. She's been involved for many years in supporting and campaigning for refugees and migrants in the UK.
Rosalie helps families to create meaningful, warm and truthful ceremonies and rituals for moments that matter. Originally from the Netherlands, she now lives and works in London. As a trained minister and mother of two, she offers inclusive funerals for all ages, beliefs, backgrounds and gender identities.
She encourages families to hold funerals in spaces that have meaning to them and is currently researching alternative funeral venues.
Rosalie was runner-up celebrant of the year for the Good Funeral Awards in 2016 and a finalist in 2017.
Hannah believes in positive death experiences and that a good funeral is very important for all affected.
Sensitive and articulate, Hannah is a celebrant who works hard to create unique and compassionate funeral services. Hannah's love of music, literature and poetry helps her craft beautiful ceremonies of all kinds.
She likes to work closely with the family and friends of the person who has died. Her warm and reassuring manner helps those involved share their memories so that Hannah can build a personal ceremony that truly commemorates their life.
Dave is a Humanist Celebrant and is registered with Humanists UK. Dave also works in the music world as a performer, teacher and conductor. His love of and knowledge of music is useful when devising ceremonies that best reflect individual wishes and tastes.
Although he officiates at funerals from a non-religious perspective, he appreciates that some people are religious, so he is always willing to make time for a moment of private prayer.
Jane is an experienced celebrant who can help you to find the best way to say goodbye. She's committed to supporting and encouraging families and friends to play as active a role as they want and feel comfortable with throughout the funeral.
Jane became a funeral celebrant after 25 years in the voluntary sector working with and advocating on behalf of vulnerable young people and their families, and with people experiencing loss and trauma.
Gillian’s natural warmth of personality and extraordinary listening skills support her studies in counselling therapy, and are at the heart of her work as an independent celebrant. As a professional singer for over 25 years her deep connection with words and music gives her tremendous experience as a writer, storyteller and communicator.
Gillian believes that we all have a unique story to tell, and wants to help others find the right words in the right way, for the most important moments in their lives.
James has much experience in the world of funerals, ritual and ceremony. He draws upon his unique experience in the world of funerals as celebrant, funeral director & musician to craft a service that reflects & celebrates a life, while offering comfort and support at a difficult time.
Having trained as a celebrant with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, James’s philosophy in his work echoes the motto of the Fellowship – “your choice, your voice, your ceremony”.
James is an active church musician – whilst a Chorister at Westminster Abbey, he sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. James studied the Organ at the Royal College of Music, and believes that music can be an important and integral part of bringing comfort and completeness to crafting the perfect funeral ceremony.
Joan co-creates personalised funeral ceremonies tailored to each family's beliefs and values. These ceremonies may or may not contain elements of religion, and are best described as spiritual rather than religious. Her intention is to capture the essence of your loved one, giving them a send-off that is both meaningful and fitting. For those left behind, her best hope is that they feel listened to, supported and understood in their time of need - and beyond.
Joan supports people of any faith or none to mark significant times in their lives with ceremony and ritual. So, over the years, she has conducted many funerals, as well as other types of ceremony.
May is a civil funeral minister who works in and around London, providing unique and personalised ceremonies. She works with families to create funerals that are meaningful to them and that reflect the life and loves of their loved one.
Rachel is a celebrant and ceremonialist based in Woodford, Essex. She creates ceremonies centred around individuals, hallmarked by their personalities.
Rachel has a Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy, and is a member of the IoCF. She’s also a Priestess, having trained for three years at Glastonbury Goddess Temple, and has a degree in Religious Studies. She welcomes all faiths and beliefs, and can also conduct ceremonies with no religious content.
She wants to know what you hold in your heart for your loved-one, and to then co-create with you the ceremony you wish for.