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Writing a Eulogy, Celebration of Life Ceremony or Funeral Service

Writing a Eulogy, Celebration of Life Ceremony or Funeral Service

Writing a eulogy is a unique challenge. What can we do when we have so much to say and so little time? We all know the expression, time flies or should I say ‘tempus fugit’! So when people invite me to create funeral services, ceremonies or eulogies for them, I wait...

Reflections on Unusual Funeral Venues

Reflections on Unusual Funeral Venues

Recently I had the privilege of taking a service in a slightly different and unusual funeral venue. It was in a chapel, a stand-alone little chapel, very ancient in the corner of an old cemetery and I created and led the service there. I’ve had a really busy time of...

Officiating a funeral for a deaf audience

Officiating a funeral for a deaf audience

Working with diversity as a celebrant; are there still new experiences to be had? Today I'm sharing my experience of officiating a funeral for a deaf audience. It is certainly not news but simply nature that all human beings are destined to die at some stage, sadly...

Funeral Readings and Poems

Funeral Readings and Poems

What sort of poems or funeral readings can you have? Do you like something sad and melancholic or would you prefer a humorous and uplifting theme? The answer is, you can have whatever you choose! As an experienced funeral event planner, I meet people with all sorts of...

Laughter at funerals

Laughter at funerals

We have all heard the old saying “laughter is the best medicine” but when is it ok to have laughter at funerals? It is without much doubt that laughter is something we all enjoy. Sharing a laugh can be a bonding experience and can take the fire out of a tense...

A life well-lived – how easy is it to write a good eulogy?

A life well-lived – how easy is it to write a good eulogy?

People often ask me how I write a good eulogy for someone who has died, something that reflects the essence of that person while also bringing comfort, solace and positivity to those present to say farewell. I can safely say that sometimes it’s easier than others! I...

Unconventional Funerals  – Why step away from the norm?

Unconventional Funerals – Why step away from the norm?

Unconventional funerals are gaining traction! Why is it a great idea to 'step away from the norm' when you’re planning a funeral? Here’s a look at some of the reasons to resist choosing a conventional funeral format. Traditional funerals, both burials and cremations...

Planning to Make a Will

Planning to Make a Will

Can you afford to wait until you’re old before you make a will? If not, when is the right time? The answer to the first question is, of course, NO! Don’t wait! We simply don’t know what’s around the corner and the repercussions of leaving no will can be truly...

Funeral Flowers an Ancient Tradition

Funeral Flowers an Ancient Tradition

Do you always send funeral flowers or do you prefer to make a donation to charity? Arranging flowers around the deceased is one of the oldest forms of mourning and the tradition of flowers at a funeral dates back further than you might imagine! Plants first appeared...

Using a Funeral Celebrant

Using a Funeral Celebrant

Would you like to find a funeral celebrant but are not sure what your options are? I’m here to explain how it works and how you don’t need to follow the crowd. Since time immemorial, funerals used to be considered the exclusive domain of the clergy. Of course, the...