Your Funeral Celebrant
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
(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.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.