‘Thank you again for all your hard work, patience, understanding and kindness that you displayed throughout your time with all my family. I have no doubt that my mum would have enjoyed meeting you and been pleased that you as a woman had conducted her funeral service. All the family are grateful for the gentle grace, dignity and insight that your presence brought to the day, God bless you and Thank you.’
Yours truly Sue turner
Why contact Treasured Ceremonies?
I will help to create a truly personal funeral ceremony that is exactly as you wish it to be. Most people want to “celebrate the life” that has been lost. However, this can mean many different things. For some, they literally want a celebratory, light hearted atmosphere. Other will find this inappropriate, and would hope for more “gravitas”. It is vital, therefore, that I capture what best suits you on this important day.
Where can you hold a funeral?
Most people have a simple ceremony in a crematorium. However, I have held a celebration of life in a hotel, a village hall and of course chapels of rest. Treasured Ceremonies has also been asked to officiate a natural burial on private land and in a natural burial ground. Therefore, you can choose where you hold your ceremony, and I and your funeral director can help and advise you.
What is the procedure if you use Treasured Ceremonies to officiate?
We will meet to discuss the funeral fully. If you want to create your own tribute or have friends and family giving eulogies, I can act as a facilitator, and MC. Otherwise, I will learn about the person who has died. Following the meeting, I will write the script in full and send you a copy to approve. You can make as many changes as you like, to ensure the tone as well as content is right. I will give you a full copy of the ceremony in a presentation folder afterwards. I can make suggestions for readings and music, or of course you can provide your own.
Some celebrants are “humanist”, but I have no religious agenda. This means that you can include any words or music in your ceremony that will bring you comfort. I shall follow your lead on this completely, but can make suggestions regarding content whether it’s of a religious nature or not. Generally, I will construct a ceremony with your input regarding poems, music, prayers and so on. If you would prefer me to take complete control of the ceremony content, I will. However, if you simply need me as an MC to facilitate your content that is also fine.
The aim of the ceremony will be to capture the very essence of the person and tell the story of the life that has been lived, thereby bringing comfort to those who mourn.
My qualification to conduct funeral ceremonies is the Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (QCF)
I am a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals (IoCF)
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 – 1909) from Atlanta in Calyden (1865)
Please contact me to discuss your wishes, or pass on my details to your funeral director if you prefer them to contact me.