I love my work
it’s as simple as that.
Training as a celebrant has brought together all the things I have done in a career dedicated to serving people. I see it as the most worthwhile job I have ever done. It is certainly the most rewarding.
A little more about me – Caroline James
Much of my working life has been spent creating and conducting ceremonies, events and celebrations; firstly, working in the airline industry as cabin crew and airport VIP hospitality, then in the hotel industry. For me, the first thing a celebrant should do is to explore and develop a connection with the family so they can work together to make every farewell both unique and memorable for all concerned.
Equally important is that a celebrant needs to be sensitive to human emotion. As the second half of my career was spent in the criminal justice system, working with vulnerable people and those with mental health issues alongside the police and probation service, my sense of empathy is especially well developed. Speaking in court on behalf of others also afforded me many and varied opportunities to practice my public speaking.
Even having now conducted well over 100 services, it still delights me that every celebration is different, every commemoration uniquely personal. Why not google Caroline James Farewells & Funerals and have a look at the testimonials?
Thank you again for the lovely service you provided for W, we all found it comforting and I particularly felt lighter afterwards, and can now focus on remembering the good times W gave us.
E and B
We would like to say thank you for the lovely ceremony yesterday celebrating my mother’s life. It really was very special. Thank you for all your help and guidance.
This made the day go very smoothly and feel just right. Several guests commented on your excellent eulogy and the delivery of it, which we all felt the same.
I feel that what you do is an art.
It was so lovely and you made it so special for us x
You made the whole process so easy and stress free and despite our grief everyone enjoyed yesterday as strange as that may seem.
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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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. "