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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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Satisfaction offered – against the odds!

I recently had to conduct a particularly challenging funeral. I intend to blog about it, but this was the lovely feedback offered afterwards by the Funeral Directors (sorry the font is so small!). Very satisfying!!!

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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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Memorial Services

Memorial Services

I don’t think many people can have been totally satisfied with the way funerals have had to be conducted over the last months. Some, indeed, have understandably been very frustrated. There’s no need to catalogue the causes, but two predominate: 1) the need for social distancing and 2)  constrictions on the order of service. What […]

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No Escaping COVID-19?

No Escaping COVID-19?

It’s difficult to keep smiling in such times, but it’s certainly better to hang in there, rather than to despair. Despair isn’t going to profit anybody. At least, we must be there for others (as so many of them are there for us). I’m far from unique in that my income has shrivelled and is […]

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What’s happening?

More of a newsletter than a blog this week, but I thought I’d update you with what’s happening in the world of life-cycle ceremonies under Coronavirus. It’ll probably all be out of date by next week! Celebratory Very little to report here, I’m afraid. Some people are going for Zoom weddings, or the like. That […]

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How do I mark a Death?

You don’t need me to tell you that there are a lot of deaths at the present time, and I’m truly sorry if you are affected. If you are, you are probably aware that your funeral choices are now limited. Direct Cremation Depending on where you go, you may be offered a direct cremation. That […]

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Are you saying RIP to your money or to your loved one?

Are you saying RIP to your money or to your loved one?

The funeral industry took quite a bashing in Hannah Betts’ article in ‘The Telegraph Magazine’ on 1st February (with statistics provided by Sunlife). It wasn’t all bad news, but much of it was probably quite eye-opening. In England in the last couple of years, there were over 500,000 deaths/year, and this is expected to increase […]

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