Covid-19 Key Worker Discounts

Celebrations are all about social interactions. We love, laugh, grieve and meet together; humans are a social species. In these times, however, the restrictions on gatherings mean that many people have been deprived of the chance to get married in front of their...
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...
Funeral/Celebration of Life

Funeral/Celebration of Life

Even in the saddest times, when we mourn the death of a loved one, there is joy in the celebration of that life, and the recognition of its passing. Even if we wish to take nothing from the past, we can still celebrate the possibilities inherent in the future. I was...

A Beautiful Handfasting Ceremony

R and K asked me to perform a handfasting ceremony for them. They were legally married in a registrar’s ceremony but wanted something for their extended family and friends. They had the magnificent setting of Ruthin Castle to use, and we agreed that the best time for...
Children’s Naming Ceremony

Children’s Naming Ceremony

I was asked to do a naming ceremony for baby Lillian. R, Lilian’s father, was an atheist, so he wanted no ‘God stuff’; but many members of both families were devoutly Christian, so he wanted something which would satisfy everyone. T, Lilian’s mother, had not had a...