What is a funeral celebrant?
A funeral celebrant is a qualified person who officiates funeral services by planning and overseeing funeral ceremony proceedings. They will meet with the family to obtain all the necessary information about the person who has died and then create the full ceremony script including tributes, readings and music required.
Funeral celebrants typically help organise and conduct funerals, supporting the bereaved family every step of the way with the aim of celebrating the life of the person who has died.
Celebrants tend to be independent and will usually be engaged by the funeral director on behalf of the family. A celebrant should be able to offer a non-religious funeral as well as services with prayers and spiritual themes. Many people choose a celebrant to conduct their loved one’s funeral as the service can be custom made to best reflect the wishes of the family and the life of the deceased.
Do you follow a particular faith?
No I do not have a particular faith but I am open-minded to all beliefs and religions. As a qualified yoga teacher my ethos is human kindness.
In which locations do you work?
I am happy to travel to wherever I am needed.
My fee includes travel expenses to cover a 20 mile radius from Southend on Sea, Essex.
How much are your fees?
- Funeral ceremonies £250 (generally paid directly to the funeral director )
Scattering of Ashes Ceremony £75
Memorial Service from £350
Do you use religious content in your ceremonies?
Sometimes yes, if it has been requested by the family and is the known wish of the deceased.
Many celebrants aim for the funeral service to be a ‘celebration of life’ that honours the person’s memory but any religious, semi- religious or spiritual content can be included.
How does a funeral celebrant differ from a funeral director?
A funeral celebrant and a funeral director often perform many of the same functions. They coordinate and conduct various aspects of a funeral ceremony in conjunction with the immediate family of the person who died.
A funeral director will arrange the details and handle the logistics of planning the funeral such as paperwork, consulting with the family, transportation and caring for the deceased.
The funeral celebrant will meet with the family, obtain the relevant information needed to produce and deliver the ceremony and guide and help the family with any choices of readings, music or poems.
Can you visit me at my home?
Generally I would visit you at your home to meet you and any other family members to gather all the necessary information about your loved one. Unfortunately during the Covid-19 pandemic and certain lock down restrictions this is not possible.
I will arrange to interview you and your family either by phone, a video call such as Facetime, Zoom, Whats App or Skype at your convenience.
If there are other friends or work colleagues that would like to offer some contributions I will contact them too.
How does COVID-19 impact our ceremony?
During the pandemic the number of people allowed at a funeral ceremony indoors is limited to 30 depending on the size of the venue. Smaller venues, scattering of ashes and stone settings ceremonies can only accommodate a maximum number of 15 people. These numbers do not include any funeral staff.
The guidance from the government remains under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation.For more information please check the Government's guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic on