Who is 
Caroline James

Chichester Funerals - about Caroline James, Funeral Planner and Celebrant

My Beginnings

Following a sound education, I spent several years in the airline business.

In one particular role, I organised high end celebrity airport receptions and VIP flights from Gatwick airport.

Having finished two years as cabin crew with BA, I left to work for Trust-house Forte as a Hotel Conference & Banqueting Manager at their flagship airport hotel. This involved managing all manner of events from Christmas parties to exhibitions and from wedding and funeral receptions to meetings and is where I cut my ‘event planning’ teeth.

A little more about me

I started my own business as a guest house proprietor to compliment raising a family and went on to work for twelve years in my highly successful but hugely demanding business.

This was followed by a BA honours degree in Community Justice; during my studies, I undertook many assignments relating to understanding behaviour and working with mental health, together with other life challenges. My years in the National Probation Service, speaking in court and training magistrates, afforded me many and varied opportunities to practice my public speaking!

Moving down to the coast in 2009 I joined Sussex Police and worked with vulnerable witnesses and victims of crime.

I started to paint in 2016 and have spent the past few years taking commissions and painting all sorts of subjects, primarily beach scenes.

caroline james - chichester funeral celebrant

My Experience

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.

Caroline James is a member of the Good Funeral Guild, a collective of like-minded people working to change funerals for the better.

Kind Words

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”

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