Chelsea Duke

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Celebrant Category: Funeral Celebrant

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  • I am an independent, qualified Funeral Celebrant, based in Winchester and working throughout Hampshire and the surrounding areas.  I will work with you either at the time of need or to help you plan a funeral in advance, creating a unique funeral ceremony which reflects the personality, beliefs and interests of the person who has died.  You may wish to choose poems, readings, music, songs or prayers to include in the ceremony but if you need some help, I can also guide you with these choices.  I can lead the ceremony or I can support you, family members or friends to participate as much as you would like to.

    I will spend time talking to you and others close to the person who has died, about your loved one.  I will explore with you what you want to remember and celebrate about that person; what they enjoyed, what their achievements are and what you will miss about them.  If you, or they, have specific religious or spiritual beliefs these can be reflected in the funeral ceremony, but I will also produce a beautiful ceremony for you if you prefer to have a totally non-religious service.

    Each funeral ceremony I write is created specifically for that individual person, so it is genuinely unique, just like them.

    I am based in Winchester, and will conduct funerals in the surrounding areas of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset and Sussex, including Winchester, Romsey, Southampton, Eastleigh, Basingstoke, Andover, Fareham, Portsmouth, Petersfield, Salisbury, Chichester, Havant, the New Forest, Bournemouth and Reading.  I am also happy to travel further afield if required.

  • Testimonials:

    “Thank you again for conducting my dad's funeral service today. I couldn't have asked for anything better, you really captured him well…  I think you were right to say it's important to have a 'good' funeral for those left behind. You certainly helped us achieve that.”  February 2019

    “We would like to thank you very much for the service you took for Mum. It reflected her character very well and we were very impressed by the way you put all the information together. You made a very sad day easier to bear.”  January 2019

    “I wanted to thank you for the funeral service you conducted for my mum. Not only did you manage to turn my ramblings into something that complimented the eulogy my brother wrote on behalf of us all, but your pace and sensitivity made the service feel very personal. The service, although obviously very sad, really did feel that we were celebrating her life. I know that Mum would have felt it was ‘just right’, thank you.”   December 2018

    “Thank you for conducting Dad’s funeral service so beautifully.” December 2018

    “A very grateful thank you for my Mum's celebration yesterday; for that was what it was and felt like. Very uplifting and I thank you profoundly.”   December 2018

    “Thank you for delivering a very fitting tribute to our Dad and Grandad.” December 2018

    “We thought the service was a very fitting tribute to J & that you did a great job. We had a lot of people commenting the same to us after the service. I’m very grateful to you, as it meant a lot that we got it just right & you captured the essence of him perfectly.”   November 2018

    “The whole family, of all ages, said how impressed and comforted they were with the way you conducted the ceremony and with the words you spoke. We all, without exception, felt that your presentation was appropriate, respectful, warm and prompted happy memories as much as sad.  We all felt that Nana would have approved.”  September 2018

     “Thank you so much for all you have done.  The service you put together was perfect, and really meant a lot to mum and I.  Lots of people said what a lovely service it was, and what a good job you had done, I will definitely be recommending you.”  August 2018 

    “Thank you so much for the great eulogy you gave for [my husband].  You spoke so well and it certainly made me appreciate even more all that he had achieved.  All the family were pleased, as you know, it is so important for the day to go well – and it did…  I shall always treasure your contribution and thank you for it.”  July 2018

    “I think Dad would have liked his funeral.  I also cannot thank you enough for all your professional help with Dad’s service, and lovely eulogy.”    July 2018

    “I would like to say thank you so much for your part in helping us yesterday.  It was very difficult day for us all and yet your guidance and leadership really gave the service a calm and celebratory atmosphere that everybody appreciated especially us.”  July 2018

    “A quick message to thank you very much for performing the ceremony at Dad’s funeral.  I had a lot of good responses, saying that it was a beautiful ceremony and a good representation of Dad with the poem and music.”  June 2018

    “Thank you so much for sending the script and for everything you did for the funeral.  We all thought it was a lovely service which really captured the lovely happy fun character of [my Mum].”  May 2018