A Shropshire Funeral

A Shropshire Funeral

  This is an abbreviated version of a funeral held in Shropshire in the late 1790s, not long after the beginning of the Anglo-French (Napoleonic) Wars. There are a number of similarities with accounts of funerals from the same period in Wales and on the Marches,...
Memorials – Cheap and Powerful

Memorials – Cheap and Powerful

Memorials: Cheap and Powerful? Maybe you’ve seen the advert. An old man is walking along the beach with the family. They are talking about his funeral. He says that “no-one lives for ever” but he doesn’t want any “fuss”. The advert manages to imply that if you arrange...
Training – the start of the journey

Training – the start of the journey

The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants training session has sunk in a bit now, and it’s been a few years since I was on a course like it. Three days in Crawley is probably not everyone’s ideal destination, and it certainly wasn’t a holiday.  The people I was...
The Perfect Funeral?

The Perfect Funeral?

Have you ever been to a funeral service and wondered “Who are they talking about?” Too often, the person conducting the ceremony doesn’t take the time to get to know the individual. Sometimes, they don’t even get the name right. That’s...