Memorial Services & Celebration of Life
Holding a memorial service or celebration of life after a Direct Cremation or private funeral is becoming increasingly common for a variety of reasons. At these services, there is no coffin present, as the cremation or burial will already have taken place. Instead, at the centre of the ceremony you may like to have your loved one’s ashes, their photograph or other mementos as a focal point. The choice is yours; you pick whatever you would like as a way of reflecting the character of the person you have lost. You could combine this ceremony with the scattering of ashes in a special place.
A memorial service can take place at any time, including weekends, when more people may be able to attend. You can choose a suitable date, that means you don’t have to rush anything; you can take the time you need to decide exactly what you would like to include in the ceremony, and the venue you would like to use.
Memorial services are delivered in all sorts of places; in a park or garden, the family home, pub, community centre, stately home, or, a place of significance to the person that has died, such as the Golf Club House.
If you are stuck for ideas, I can make suggestions. Depending on the venue, we may be able to arrange to have the ceremony live-streamed, so that those who can’t attend in person can still be involved.
One very important aspect of memorial services is that, unlike traditional funeral services, there is no time limit for the event. It can be as short or as long as it takes to include participation from mourners, music, eulogies and tributes, moment of reflection and any symbolic acts such as writing messages for a memorial tree.
I will spend time with you finding out about the person you have lost, including what was unique and special about them and we will work together to shape a ceremony that will honour and celebrate their life in a way that is right for you and personal to them.
Some recent Testimonials:
"Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into Bernie’s Memorial Service. I have been asked to pass on compliments from a number of people. I’ll have no trouble recommending you to anyone who’s looking for a celebrant, toastmaster or MC."
Katie G, Harborne, Birmingham
"Thanks again for today, we thought it went really well. Even Dad’s sisters said it was good and that he would have approved (high praise indeed from them)."
Chris M, Kidderminster, Worcs