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.
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.
Jane is an experienced celebrant who can help you to find the best way to say goodbye. She's committed to supporting and encouraging family and friends to play as active a role as they can throughout the funeral.
Jane has worked for many years with children and young people affected by loss and trauma and with children and adults with special needs.
And living in one of London’s most culturally diverse areas she has helped devise ceremonies across a wide range of beliefs and backgrounds.
Families say that Jane is calm and reassuring and that she listens with warmth and compassion. And that she writes and tells a great story.
Natalie enjoys creating beautiful funerals that bring comfort at the most difficult of times.
Because every person is unique, so should be every funeral. Natalie listens carefully and works closely with her clients and with Poetic Endings to enable you to remember your loved one in the most fitting way. Using carefully crafted words, advising as needed on poetry, readings and music: be it a traditional gathering in a crematorium, a family grouped informally at home or a natural burial in the sunshine, Natalie brings a warm, calm professionalism that her clients really appreciate.
Natalie is accredited by Humanists UK and celebrates non-religious funerals, and is happy to include a hymn or prayer if requested. It’s about what’s right for you.
Amy is an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor, ordained with the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation. Originally from Australia’s Blue Mountains, Amy has spent the last decade in Hackney and ministers to people of all beliefs, offering ceremony, ritual and support through life’s thresholds.
Also a singer/songwriter, Amy brings her deep listening skills, love of music and gifted way with words to her offerings as a funeral celebrant. She is devoted to creating meaningful, personalised ceremonies that reflect the values, beliefs and language of her clients, whilst honouring grief as a sacred space with deep respect, tenderness and compassion.
Amy is a certified Meditation & Mindfulness teacher with certificates in Psychology of Trauma, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Positive Psychology. She is also a proud member of the LGBT community.
Rosalie creates and conducts meaningful, warm and truthful funeral ceremonies. Trained minister and mother of two, she offers inclusive funerals for all ages, beliefs, backgrounds and gender identities. Families appreciate her creative, caring and sensitive approach and professional delivery.
She encourages people to hold funerals in spaces that have meaning to them and is currently researching alternative funeral venues.
Rosalie was winner of the National Celebrant Award for Outstanding Funeral Celebrancy in 2018.
Kate loves to craft simple, elegant humanist ceremonies around the person who has died, weaving in the thoughts, feelings and wishes of those left behind.
Hearing memories and stories from families and friends gives her much personal pleasure: creating and delivering a respectful and moving celebration of a life gives her enormous professional satisfaction.
Kate is trained and accredited by Humanists UK.
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.
Karen offers warm and sympathetic guidance and support from the very first meeting through to arranging the order of service, writing the eulogy and delivering the ceremony itself.
With over 45 years as a professional actress, Karen has exceptional presentation skills.
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.
Charges by the hour. Please enquire.
Louise is an experienced celebrant and writer, specialising in putting together warm, sensitive, thoughtful and creative ceremonies.
She’s passionate about creating meaningful funerals of style and substance, which help those left behind say goodbye in their own way. She’s happy to do as much or as little as needed and brings her unique creativity, empathy and storytelling abilities to create truly beautiful funerals.
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.
A funeral is often the last significant thing you do for someone you cared about; so arranging it can feel both a privilege and a challenge. Ruth sees her role as supporting family or friends as they work out what kind of ceremony will best do justice to the person who’s died, and offer some comfort to the people present. She also takes some of the burden of responsibility, so that those closest to the one who’s died don’t have to work and can feel fully present.
The funerals Ruth assists with may involve live music, poems read by adults or children, and tributes from family members, friends and colleagues; or they may be very simple, with a few well-known songs and a eulogy Ruth herself writes from what people tell her. She works with friends or family to create a structure from the elements they decide on: reminding everyone of the unique person who’s gone, celebrating their personality and achievements, and then acknowledging the loss and saying goodbye.
Ruth is an experienced celebrant; she’s also a poet and writer, and brings these creative skills into her work. For many years she was an advice worker, so she’s used to listening, finding solutions, and where necessary helping people through family tensions. She’s now involved in campaigning locally for the rights of migrants and refugees.
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.
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.
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.