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So Pleasing to be Appreciated

So Pleasing to be Appreciated

I always do my best, but it’s so welcome when my efforts are appreciated! Here’s a recent testimonial I received, which speaks for itself. “First I would like to thank you from myself and Allan and family for the wonderful order of service you gave at my brothers funeral. Your help was outstanding in every […]

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“Repeat” Funeral Appreciation

Short and succinct comment on a recent funeral (third one I have conducted for this particular family): “We were very lucky to have you again.  Your conduct of the service was absolutely first class, including your beautiful readings of those two (not particularly easy-to-read) poems.   Robert would much have appreciated it!” Makes me very proud!

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A Funeral Celebrant’s Day

A Funeral Celebrant’s Day

People are often quite curious about my work. One of the questions I sometimes get asked is “What is a celebrant’s typical day like?” The first answer is that there isn’t a “typical” day, really. One of the beauties of the work that I do is that there’s a lot of variety. That’s standard. Like […]

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Humble, yet proud!

You have no idea how gratifying it is to receive a testimonial like this! Michael led the funeral service for my late husband and his care, compassion, and professionalism were evident all the way through the process. He took time to get to know us as a family unit, paying meticulous attention to detail to […]

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Another “special” testimonial

I am conscious that my blogs should be mainly informative or improving in some way. I don’t post a great deal and therefore fall short. I also realise that, although it can be of interest to people, a testimonial has limited relevance to many. However, it is difficult not to want to share with the […]

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Special Testimonial

Special Testimonial

I know I have a separate page for testimonials, but how often do people take the trouble to plough through them, I wonder? I hope that, by making a mini-blog out of this one, it will attract more attention and may encourage more people to read this. It is certainly something that makes me very […]

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My Greatest Challenge?

My Greatest Challenge?

As a celebrant, challenges come as part of the territory. It may be that a vital change to a wedding ceremony is made last-minute, but nobody thinks to inform me. It may be that we can’t put together a funeral service because the family keeps bickering and sabotaging each other’s suggestions. There is no shortage […]

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Signing Off

Signing Off

It is hard enough to write a blog about death once in a while. Doing so regularly is almost impossible, in my view. So I only post very occasionally – when I feel particularly motivated to. I did want to wish anyone who reads this a very good New Year, but kept putting it off. […]

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Why I enjoy Funerals

People can’t understand why I am passionate about funerals. Weddings, OK, but funerals …??? The key reason is that I get a lot of satisfaction helping people when they are (often) at their lowest ebb. I come in, usually as an outsider, and give them information they will need, answer questions they may have and […]

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Favourite Funeral?!

Favourite Funeral?!

I’m often asked about memorable ceremonies that I’ve conducted. It’s very difficult to pick one out, because by their nature they are all different. They may stand out for the wrong reasons or for the best, but they are all special. In my early days, at one funeral, the chapel attendant completely forgot to put […]

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