Funeral Celebrant

As a Chichester based funeral celebrant, I create and deliver modern funeral services and bespoke life celebrations in West Sussex and beyond by
stepping away from the norm!

caroline james - funeral celebrant chichester

Hi, I’m Caroline James

and I hope you will choose me as your personal Funeral Event Planner.

Throughout my life I have been a keen organiser and I love the buzz of arranging successful events which have a creative and original edge. I have arranged funerals, weddings, art exhibitions, balls, large charitable parties and many other unique occasions.

Now is the time for me to make a difference to you.

Chichester funeral celebrant, alternative celebration of life ceremonies
Chichester funeral celebrant, alternative celebration of life ceremonies

Changing the way we celebrate life

It is a sad fact of life that we have probably all been to many funerals, these days usually set in crematoriums and generally following a “one size fits all” format.

How often have you felt a long-lasting sense of peace, positivity and optimism during or after such an occasion?

It was during my last “standard” ceremony that it suddenly dawned on me:

I want to be a part of this and make a real difference.

Fast forward to several months later and introducing…..

Caroline James Funerals

Funeral Celebrant Chichester

– Crafting Memorable Celebration of Life Ceremonies

my mission is to offer you support immediately from choosing the best funeral director to creating the perfect farewell funeral service. You will find you have more time to attend to your own emotional needs and those of your family.

When you do feel more ready to cope, together we will craft a really memorable celebration of life service for you, your friends and family to enjoy in a setting of your choice.

Chichester funeral celebrant - farewells and funerals
Chichester funeral celebrant, celebration of life ceremonies

The Possibilities are Endless


Creativity doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, this option often proves less costly overall depending of course, on your choices.

I accept commissions from all around England. I have partnered up with some of the best funeral directors, celebrants and professionals in the country to bring YOU the very best.

I will also create a bespoke ceremony for a standard cremation service or natural burial if you wish to engage me. Just send me a message or give me a call for more info and we will make a plan.

Kind Words


" On behalf of our whole family, we appreciated having Caroline Jane (CJ) as our celebrant for our Mother’s funeral. Her compassion, professionalism & natural qualities made the event more than just a funeral. It was a true celebration of our mother’s life, due in no small measure to her people skills. All who attended said she contributed to making it a memorable day.
Thank-you CJ from the whole Clan."

David W.

"Thank you very much for today. All the family were moved by the celebration.
If I can add something personal on my part …. Your sympathy was palpable, and I thank you very much for that. You were wonderful."

Susan G.

"Thank-you Caroline for the lovely service for my Mum earlier this week. Although we only spoke on the phone or via email, your understanding of what we wanted was spot on, and it was a huge comfort to find you waiting for us when we arrived at the Chapel on the morning of the funeral."

Stuart M

"We would like to thank Caroline for conducting the celebration of life for our father in such a relaxed and friendly manner but with obvious sincerity.  It was all that we hoped for and her support and advice in the design of the ceremony was invaluable.  We were very fortunate to have Caroline as our celebrant and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. "

Jess H

"Massive thank you Caroline! In a short amount of time, you went above and beyond and not only wrote and conducted a beautiful service that was a fantastic friend to us all and there throughout to help whenever we needed it"

D Muir

"We were very privileged to have Caroline act as our Celebrant. She was wonderful the way she quietly advised and supported us during such a difficult time and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking for a kind, gentle, sympathetic and knowledgeable Celebrant."

Wendy A

"I wish there were more stars to use for this wonderful lady.

Caroline was such a shining light in helping me and my family arrange an informal celebration of life for a dad who lost his life to the pandemic and also to my mum who died shortly before.

On meeting her I was struck with an instant connection and an amazing sense of relief because her natural empathy and understanding of my situation was such a comfort. A totally lovely person who made the day so special despite the pouring rain!

Thank you, Caroline, from the bottom of my heart."

M Corliss

"Caroline conducted the service for my father's funeral in a warm and personal manner. We were very pleased with the Eulogy which she put together from conversations with myself and my brother. Her ability to make all the people watching on stream feel included was vitally important to us as we had family members from many countries taking part in this way. I would highly recommend Caroline."

Mark C

"Caroline conducted the service for my father's funeral in a warm and personal manner. We were very pleased with the Eulogy which she put together from conversations with myself and my brother. Her ability to make all the people watching on stream feel included was vitally important to us as we had family members from many countries taking part in this way. I would highly recommend Caroline."

Jean M

"Caroline stepped in at the last minute for my Mum’s cremation due to unforeseen circumstances. I cannot praise her enough. The service felt so personal as if she knew my Mum and it was everything I wanted for Mum’s final send off. Everybody said how moving and intimate it was. Thank you Caroline for your professionalism but mainly for your gentle and caring manner."

Martin M

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Caroline arranging funerals, on both occasions her standard has been done to the highest level and nothing but praise from both families."

Emma B

“Ten years ago, I used a wedding planner to help me organise the wedding of my dreams so when it came to my father's funeral, I was at a loss as where to start. I visited the local funeral parlour in the High Street but left feeling somewhat flat about the dreary options they offered me.

Luckily, Caroline was recommended to me by a mutual friend. From our first conversation, she seemed to know how to manage all my various stresses and strains. She recognised the parts which I would find particularly difficult to make decisions on and took the weight from me. She came up with lots of alternative creative and quirky ideas and suggested ways to mark my father's passing, whilst commemorating a fantastically interesting and fun life in a really different way. Yet she allowed me to make the choices. My dad would have loved it!”

J Groves

“Caroline has a huge heart and boundless compassion and empathy. She is creative, intuitive and has an infectious sense of fun, balancing humour with an understanding of life and its darker trials. Caroline is open minded and open hearted, and I would thoroughly recommend her as a celebrant. She has a very strong work ethic and I know how dedicated she will be to getting things absolutely right for her clients, acknowledging and validating loss whilst also celebrating life. I also know that she will welcome you and put you at ease whatever the situation, whether you are making initial enquiries or at the point of embarking on the ceremony.”

Lin & Paul

"Caroline embodies the qualities required to be a First Class Funeral Celebrant. 

Caroline is respectful, compassionate, reliable. Self-motivated and well-organised. Her previous work experience required her to be a 'good listener' and her non-judgemental attitude enabled her to be 'open' to people from all 'walks of life'.  She has an innate emotional understanding and the capability to guide people through challenging circumstances."

Jane and Terry R

"I wanted to get married near to where my mother was resident in a nursing home and, as time was limited, Caroline kindly offered to take on the arrangements.

She sourced us a venue suitable for an intimate wedding day with our closest family and friends, making sure that we were consulted and referred to on all the details necessary to make it an unforgettable occasion.

 I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Caroline for her attention to detail and sense of style. She also has the ability to 'spin plates', working whilst under pressure and still maintaining a smile on her face!"

M & C

"I just wanted to thank you for the time and trouble that you took to ensure that M's funeral was the best that it could be.  Everyone commented that it was a very nice service and very well conducted under the difficult circumstances.  So thank you again, it was a pleasure meeting you....."

Simon R

"The service was lovely and in these tough times it was a massive help having your support throughout the process."

Chloe T

"Many of the mourners were viewing on line and said how Caroline made Them feel part of the service which meant such a lot to us with so many absent faces."

Shirley R

"I cannot thank you enough for taking so much time and effort in finding out who my beloved husband truly was. The service was so beautiful..."

Vicky R

"From the moment we met Caroline, we knew she was the perfect person to hold the service for our very special dad."

Myles L

"I just wanted to write and thank you for today. You struck the perfect balance between formal and informal and helped make what could have been an extremely difficult day, so much easier. My brother in Denver , my father and my sister all asked me to thank you as well. You put together a beautiful service and we are all so very grateful. Thank you again"