Who is
Caroline James

Chichester Funerals - about Caroline James, Funeral Planner and Celebrant

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?

caroline james - chichester funeral celebrant

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

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."

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."

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

Being a celebrant is my most rewarding work so far. I would be delighted to talk to you about organising your farewell so please get in touch today!