Blog posts in the 'Eulogy' category

Dying Matters Awareness Week May 10, 2014

Filed under: Death, Dying Matters, Eulogy, Funerals

This coming week, I will be officiating at 4 different funerals.  The last one of the week is for a gentleman in his 95th year – and so we could imagine it was a death ‘to be expected’.  But my first funeral this week is for a man in his prime.  A fit and healthy man whose […]

A Good Funeral March 31, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, Eulogy, Funerals, Thanks and Testimonials, Tradition

What exactly is a ‘good’ funeral? Is it one that upholds tradition; is very sombre; family and friends in deep mourning. Perhaps a horse-drawn hearse, an oak coffin and hymns such as The Old Rugged Cross and Guide me O though Great Jehovah’..?    Lots of floral tributes, and a wake afterwards at the family home? Or […]

Funeral Celebrant – my promise to you November 11, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Eulogy, Funerals

The Cherish Pledge   As a trained and responsible Funeral Celebrant, I promise that:   I will make contact with the deceased’s next of kin as soon as possible and practicable I will visit the next of kin at their home (or other location) to discuss the funeral ceremony I will make no distinction on […]

Speech Writing Service October 28, 2013

Filed under: Eulogy, Funerals, Readings, Speech, Weddings

Unaccustomed as I am…. Need to make a Wedding Speech?  Maybe you are the father of the bride?  The Best Man?  Or even the groom?  Or maybe a proud son or daughter making a speech at your parents’ vow renewal ceremony?  Maybe you’re a manager with a prize giving ceremony at work or school, or […]

Fancy Dress Funeral! September 30, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Eulogy, Funerals

As a celebrant, I think it is wonderful when people have planned their own funerals.  Far too many people don’t, and I meet many families who are trying their best, through their grief, to second guess what the deceased would have wanted. 42 year old biker Gary Pattison died 5 days after a road accident.  He […]

My Pledge as a Funeral Celebrant September 2, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Eulogy, Funerals

I don’t make the claim ‘Your Ceremony, Your Way’ lightly.   As a supporter and member of the Natural Death Centre Charity, I undertake to abide by the following pledge: ‘As a celebrant who shares the values of the Natural Death Centre Charity, I see my role as supportive rather than directive, and I undertake to […]

Death of Irish Poet Seamus Heaney September 1, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Eulogy

I love words.  I adore poetry.  So it was sad that the pen of Seamus Heaney is stilled by his death this week, following a recent illness.  The tributes have poured in from across the world, and doubtless the eulogy at his funeral tomorrow will be eloquent, as befits the man. Today, I listened to […]