Blog posts in the 'Funerals' category

Is a Registrar Necessary at my Ceremony? July 2, 2015

Filed under: Celebrant, Funerals, Weddings

Yes and No.  Literally! Yes for the legal registration of births, marriages and deaths.  No exception. No  for everything else – all the ceremonial elements of  the naming ceremony, the wedding or blessing , the vow renewal and the funeral. A little known fact: Although by law all life events must be entered into the country’s […]

The Footie Fan’s Ultimate Dream? November 4, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, Funerals

  The ultimate resting place for a footie fan? Brazil football club is to open a cemetery for its dedicated fans – known as the Corinthians. Apparently there is already lots of interest and reservations are already coming in for the 70,000 plots that will be available.… I thought this enterprising move by a football […]

Lark Ascending… an inspiration November 3, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Ceremony, Funerals, Poetry, Symbolism, Weddings

After a Cherish ceremony, people often ask where I get my ideas from.     Well, firstly, it comes from whoever I am writing for.   We will have had many conversations, so that I get a really good ‘feel’ for their personality, to enable me to get the mood exactly right, whether the ceremony is for a […]

Funerals are Depressing, Right? Err, Wrong. September 29, 2014

Filed under: Cancer, Death, Funerals

‘Passionate about business’ may be an overstated term, and people outside the industry sometimes find it a bit of an odd profession, but I really do care so much about the funeral ceremony side of Cherish. During my initial training, I was convinced I only wanted to do Baby Namings, Weddings, Vow Renewals… all the […]

My Love is like a Red Red Rose July 31, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Funerals

I love the stories of people’s lives, and I feel so privileged to be entrusted with them when I am writing the funeral service. Today, I led the funeral ceremony and graveside burial for a well-loved long-time Banbury resident. This gentleman bought his wife a red rose for their first wedding anniversary, and 2 red […]

A Date in my Diary! June 17, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, Funerals

You get some strange dates in your calendar, being a Celebrant, and even more so when you are also a funeral celebrant! Later this year, I am going to the Ideal Death Show in Bournville.  It’s not in the least bit morbid, and I was glad to see this video clip from last year, as […]

Dying Matters Awareness Week May 12, 2014

Filed under: Death, Dying Matters, Funerals

  This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week.  As a Celebrant, I help families to design the funeral ceremony for their loved one – but often, they have no idea where to start, as death has not been discussed.  This is often true even in cases where the person who has died had a terminal […]

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 […]

Testimonials and thank yous April 22, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, Funerals

In the sensitive world of the funeral industry, as a Celebrant,  it is very difficult to market what I do.  I am very aware not to appear as an ‘ambulance chaser’, or hang around A&E or the local care home, in the hope of new business.   Much of my work comes from personal referral, either […]

The Cherish Pledge for Funerals April 14, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, Funerals

I take my work as a funeral celebrant very seriously, and I wrote this to reassure Funeral Directors that I will work professionally, competently and respectfully at all times, as befits the profession.  The Cherish Pledge   As a trained and responsible Funeral Celebrant, I promise that:   I will make contact with the deceased’s […]

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