Planning a funeral service can be a daunting task at an extremely difficult and emotional time. As a funeral celebrant, I will assist you in planning the service for your loved one, so that you can celebrate their life and give them the best send-off that you can.

You may have a clear idea about what sort of service you would like, or you may not know where to start. I will help you to plan the service and ensure that everything runs smoothly .

I always aim to meet with you in person and involve close family and/or friends of the deceased when planning the service.

If it’s not possible to meet in person, then we can meet online. I listen carefully and sympathetically so I can gain a full understanding of your loved one and their unique character. I help you to plan a funeral service that is truly personal to them and that reflects your family’s values and beliefs.

As a celebrant, I can deliver the whole service, or as much or as little as you wish. Family members and friends may also want to take part  to pay their respects.

I want you to be able to leave the funeral service knowing that you have done your very best for your loved one and paid tribute to them in a way that truly reflects their life and personality.

Things to consider when planning the service:

Date, location & time

Don’t feel that you have to rush into arranging the funeral. Choose a date that is appropriate for you and a location that fits your needs for accessibility. Choose a time that allows for people travelling and if you would like a longer service, then perhaps a double slot would be better for you.


If family and friends are unable to be at the service, you may like to consider having it shown on a secure internet link and/or having the service recorded.


Choosing the right music makes a big difference to a service, so think of music that your loved one liked, or music that reminds you of them.

Special readings

Carefully selected readings can bring added depth to a service and you can research many poems and prose on the internet. I can also help you to choose something appropriate if you wish.

Words of tribute

Think about what would you like to say about the person and who would you like to say it?

Tributes from others

Tributes from members of family or friends are very welcome and can add a very personal touch. I do request that they are written and submitted in advance to ensure that the service runs smoothly and keeps to time. It also means that I can step in and read them on the day, if required.

Visual tribute

Photos and videos can be shown at funeral services to bring back many wonderful memories. Consider if you would like to include these.

Dress code

There are no rules for what mourners should wear for a funeral. You may wish the service to be traditional with mourners dressed in dark colours, or you may feel that colourful clothing, or a particular colour would reflect their personality more.

Spiritual content

Whilst not conducting religious services, my services can include spiritual content if you wish. For example, some families choose a Bible reading or the Lord’s Prayer.