Humanist Funerals in London
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're proud to work closely with London's best humanist celebrants to put together meaningful, relevant, helpful, creative, and family centered funeral ceremonies.
A humanist funeral celebrant 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. The humanist 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, who can all offer person-centered funerals. 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 together with 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 hypnotherapist. She trains celebrants in advanced bespoke celebrancy and mentors those in practice. In 2018 won the National Celebrant Award for influencing the wider professional of funeral celebrancy.
She is also a professional opera singer.
£50 per hour.
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.
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.
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.
Laura is a kind and thoughtful celebrant, who draws on 20 years of experience as a working actor in stage, film, radio and television.
Laura cares about creating ceremonies that serve the stories of the people who have died, and holding space to acknowledge the needs of those left behind.
From the first call, to meeting you and then the day itself, Laura is with you every step of the way. She can help you to help you plan a service that is as special as the person you are saying goodbye to.
In 2019 Laura is launching a podcast called ‘What to do when someone dies’ which will talk about the practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry, Louise is currently unavailable for ceremonies.