Your Funeral Celebrant

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

Chichester funeral celebrant, alternative celebration of life ceremonies
Chichester funeral celebrant, alternative celebration of life ceremonies
caroline james - funeral celebrant chichester

Hi, I’m Caroline James

If you are seeking a highly acclaimed, creative yet compassionate funeral celebrant or celebration of life host in Sussex, Surrey or Hampshire or even beyond, you might just have found the right page!

My Testimonials may offer you more of an insight into my work as a well-regarded funeral celebrant.

Funeral celebrant for Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire

Chichester funeral celebrant, alternative celebration of life ceremonies
Chichester funeral celebrant, alternative celebration of life ceremonies
Here is how I can make a difference to you
I will ask you all about the person who has died and gain an appreciation of your vision for the service before working with you to create a unique and truly memorable funeral event. I will offer you suggestions, ideas and advice based upon my experience so that you know the choices available to you within your budget.

You don’t have to follow the crowd.

Caroline James Funerals

Funeral Celebrant Chichester & Beyond

– Crafting Memorable Celebration of Life Ceremonies

Funeral Celebrant and Celebration of Life Host – working with you to create joyful yet compassionate and respectful farewell ceremonies

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 can prove to be less costly depending, of course on your choices.

Just email or phone me for some advice and costings.

As an example I offer the following services:

Creating and officiating a standard funeral ceremony at a local crematorium or cemetery costs £230

(A fuel levy may be necessary if your venue is further away than 1 hour)

I can act as the host celebrant at your celebration of life party or wake. This will leave you to chat with your guests and leave me to ensure things go to plan.

Kind Words

Debbie R

I really want to say a very big thank you for the help and guidance you gave us in putting together the service for Dads funeral.

It was so lovely and you made it so special for us x

Sue O

We just wanted to thank you for the incredible job you did yesterday; you're wonderful Eulogy was as if you'd known him. The whole family were blown away my your insightful, humorous and loving reflection of our father.

You made the whole process so easy and stress free and despite our grief everyone enjoyed yesterday as strange as that may seem.

Tracie A

Thank you so much for your kind words about Mum and the support you have given to D and me.
Everyone said to me it was a lovely service and you delivered it with such compassion and sincerity, which I totally agree.

David A

Hi Caroline. I didn't get the opportunity to thank you in person for the wonderful service you did for mum today. Everyone said what a great service and a lovely voice you have. A job well done. Thank you. 

M & P

"Our dearly beloved Dad died at 104 and we could not have had a better Celebrant to bid him farewell.  Caroline was very professional, but at the same time very kind and friendly.  We felt that she invested her time to learn about our Dad and this made the service very personal, heartwarming and lighthearted.

Caroline definitely went that extra mile to provide the most memorable service.  I cannot recommend Caroline more highly, she really was excellent."

Jan S

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work in making a sad day into a day of celebration. The amount of people who have said how professional you were , and how you came across, to make the service run so smoothly.

You are a credit to your profession, and words cannot express my gratitude."

Libby P

"Caroline made what is a stressful and sad time of life, easy and comforting. Whilst arranging my Grandmas service, Caroline was very kind, patient and informative and we had such a lovely chat about Grandma, remembering her, and her amazing personality and achievements. Caroline’s wonderful words really did Grandma justice. Thank you!"

Andy W

"I just wanted to thank you so much for looking after arrangements for us on Tuesday and delivering a beautiful send off for dad. It was a difficult day for all of us but you helped make it both memorable and special, he most definitely would have approved."

Steve E

"Thank you so much for the way you conducted the service for my mum, everyone commented how it all came together and that was thanks to you"

P and family

"From the minute you arrived at my dad‘s bungalow, we knew you were the one to put our mum to rest.

Your lovely kind and professional manner made making the arrangements that much more bearable.

The service was beautiful, you conducted it as if you knew her, your warmth to us shone through.

You are a very special lady and we will always be so grateful to you for making that day for us so special and bearable."

Carole A

"Can't rate Caroline highly enough.

She is very friendly and considerate, but also very thorough and professional.

She did a wonderful job of my Aunts funeral and I would recommend her to anybody requiring a Celebrant.

Can't thank her enough for making a sad occasion so personal and special.

Thank you Caroline "

James, L and K

"We would like to thank you for all your help and guidance in the run up to the service yesterday. You did an amazing job delivering A’s eulogy and everyone said how beautiful and uplifting it was. "

Caroline B

"Caroline made preparing for my sister’s funeral so much easier. Her professionalism and caring attitude went above and beyond, making sure we understood what was needed. She listened to the family's wishes and patiently interpreted our thoughts into the eulogy, making it very personal. There was high praise for Caroline from everyone on how the funeral was conducted- a very fitting send-off. She is a lovely lady."

Jill W

"I am so grateful that I found Caroline to act as our Celebrant. From my first phone conversation I felt I was talking to someone who would really provide us as a family with the understanding, support and guidance we needed. Caroline's empathetic manner and unfailing willingness to help with any matter, however large or small, enabled us to work through all the issues requiring consideration and produce a final service that felt truly personal. On the day, Caroline's management of everything was kind and conscientious. The compassion, humour and warmth of her delivery made it the uplifting occasion we had hoped and it means so much to be able to look back on a 'celebration of mum's life' that was just right for her. From all of us - a huge thank you Caroline."

Toni M

"Caroline is absolutely amazing. She makes everything so stress free and bearable at a time of great sorrow and upset. Her support is second to none from meeting her on facetime to writing and editing the eulogy and tribute. Her advice and guidance is invaluable throughout.
The service was so professionally performed with humour and sensitivity. She really does get to know your loved one and you as the bereaved.
I would recommend her services whole heartedly".


Morag B

"Caroline was perfect in every way! – Her patience, compassion and her advice led to the perfect farewell for my childrens’s father. Caroline was so professional, it felt as if she had really known him! I cannot imagine how we could have done this without her. We cried, we smiled – Kees would have loved it! Everybody said it was the best service they had been to, I cannot recommend Caroline highly enough"


" 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."

Funeral Celebrant Fees

Please note :- The following list represents the fees for my time and creativity alone and does not include the cost of any other services such as funeral directors, cremations, burials, venues, musicians, catering or all other ancillary additions.

    • Celebrant led Private chapel service (for up to 10 people) usually lasting half an hour. £230
    • Standard, Celebrant led cremation service £230
    • Creating and officiating a full Celebration of Life service: meeting the family,  sourcing the venue, writing the service, officiating the ceremony and hosting the event costs £350
      A full detailed quote will be provided prior to engagement.
    • Natural Burial. Celebrant led, graveside service £250.
    • Bespoke memorial event organised and officiated by me. £350.

    All other services, travel expenses, entertainment, cost of venues, catering etc will be additional where I will obtain quotes on your behalf and take your instruction.

    All fees quoted above will be payable In full at least two weeks prior to the meeting or occasion.