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Alison Ann

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Testimonials

Alison has become the primary funeral celebrant within my funeral director’s company.

Her exceptional skills and natural ability to engage with the bereaved and to gently draw information from them is inspired. Alison’s mastery to create the most personal and memorable funeral ceremonies is then enacted. She is a credit to the funeral profession and immeasurable comfort to the bereaved.

As a 30-year veteran of the funeral profession, I have seldom had the privilege of working in conjunction with an officiant that has the professionalism, empathy, and performance levels of Alison.

Adam James - Funeral Director

Qualifications

(NOCN) Level 3 Diploma

in Funeral Celebrancy (RQF).

(NOCN) Level 4 Award in 

Creating and Conducting

Children & Baby Funerals.

 Alison has adopted

The Celebrant Accord.

This defines the attributes & skills required of an excellent funeral celebrant and

is intended to set the standards by which all celebrants offering funeral services should be measured.

Alison is a supporter of 

The Good Funeral Guild and 

The Natural Death Centre and

The Child Funeral Charity.

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Awards

Celebrant Industry Awards 2021

Nominated for four separate

awards by her Funeral Directors

& families she served throughout  

the pandemic, Alison won two

of the awards, including

Global Celebrant of the Year 2021

(Funerals).

"Knowing I'm making a difference means more to me than accolades

but I'm so genuinely grateful to

those individuals who took the

time to acknowledge my work.

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Planning the Service. 

Initially, I will reach out and introduce myself to you and arrange a convenient time to meet.

 

I will explain the process of 

planning a service and give as little or as much advice as required.

I will often document the life of the person who has died, but I can also work alongside you in writing a

befitting eulogy. I then weave

the wishes and beliefs of your loved one into a highly-personalised 

and meaningful funeral ceremony.

I will ensure that any 

family and friends who wish

to contribute feel supported.

I can step in, should the need arise.

I will facilitate your choice of music and discuss any symbolic rituals that may further  

enhance the service.

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A Good Funeral

The ceremonies I create are infused with love, compassion and genuine emotion.

I will support you in making choices

that are right for you and for

the person who has died.

There are no 'rights or wrongs'.

Only what is right for your family.

A civil ceremony is non- religious, but unlike a humanist celebrant,

I am happy and comfortable including

religious content, should you wish

me to. I can also lead any hymns

you wish to include.

My ceremonies are more like 

Celebrations of Life.

I am able to offer a range of

bespoke services to my families: 

Visual Tributes / Orders of Service.

You can also engage me to sing

during the service.

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On the Day.

Meticulous in my planning, 

I work directly with you, or 

alongside your funeral director,

to ensure that every last detail

of the ceremony is executed perfectly. 

I arrive early to check that music

and tributes are in place and will

be there to greet you when you arrive.

Following the service, I will create

a keepsake copy of the ceremony.  

I will also email you a pdf copy to

share with family and friends.

Being an excellent celebrant is 

having the ability to actively

listen to the needs of my family and adjust the service that I offer to

best facilitate their needs leading

up to, and on, the day of the funeral.

Memorials

Memorials

A memorial provides the opportunity to arrange

a more elaborate celebration of life.

When celebrating the life of a person who had a significant presence within their community, such as

a school teacher, college professor or a celebrity, 

a more elaborate celebration may be appropriate, 

in order to cater for a larger group of people. 

Alison can help you make all the necessary arrangements, offering as much or as little guidance

as needed. She can conduct the entire service

or act more as a Master of Ceremonies being the

thread that weaves the personal contributions

of family and friends together.

Scattering Ashes

Scattering of Ashes

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What are my options?

"They’re more than just ashes

and they deserve a fitting destination."

The Good Funeral Guide

When the person you've loved and lost is cremated, some miss the opportunity of having a place of significance to visit and reconnect with that person.

There are so many choices available to you and each is a highly personal one that can be discussed with close family members.

It is common to have widely differing views on the subject.

It is possible to have ashes made into a pendant or wind chime. 

Your choices are as wide & as varied as your imagination allows.

When the time is right, I can help you create a brief ceremony to acknowledge this part of your journey. It is often a comfort to have the celebrant who conducted  the funeral to be beside you at this final farewell.

I created a brief ceremony at this beautiful location and laid the ashes into the water, where they were taken out to sea, along with the flowers that were scattered with love.

Ask Alison

Baby and Children Funerals

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"I cannot imagine your pain

. . . because I am not walking in your shoes.

What I can do is offer you a kind heart, genuine empathy

and a promise to guide you through the daunting process

of creating a meaningful funeral ceremony for your child.

 

Working closely with bereaved parents is a role I am

particularly passionate about.  I have achieved an additional qualification in this delicate area of celebrancy. 

(NOCN) Level 4 Diploma in 

Baby & Children Funerals (RVQ).

I will be present to gently guide and support

you in making choices that serve your family,

dedicated to writing and conducting a ceremony

that I hope, will provide some small comfort

and a safe place for you to be with your grief.

There are several charities / organisations 

I can recommend to families who have

suffered the loss of a child.

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