With a background in professional coaching, group facilitation and training that spans over 25 years, what I bring to this work is a deep understanding of personal and professional relationships, life transitions and the importance of ritual and ceremony.
As well as living through many personal experiences of loss, I’ve also been coaching others through similar life events since 2004, so I’m accustomed to holding a space for strong emotions. I endeavour to be compassionate and sensitive and to work with integrity, professionalism, care and attention. I’ll work with you and your family to create a carefully planned, unique and beautiful ceremony that sensitively portrays the beliefs and values of the person who has died, whatever their age and circumstances.
Whether your ceremony is for cremation, conventional or natural burial, memorial, interment or scattering of ashes, you may have as much or as little involvement in the creation and delivery of the ceremony as you like. I’m happy to provide guidance and collaboration on an appropriate, alternative venue to the crematorium or church, if that is your preference, for example a community hall or your home or garden.
After the Funeral
In addition to being a funeral celebrant, I’m also a professionally qualified coach, specialising in loss and bereavement.
Grieving is a normal, healthy part of being human. Bereavement coaching can be highly effective in empowering you to find a new path forwards at a time and in ways that are right for you.
Please feel free to contact me for an informal, exploratory chat, without obligation.
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‘Just a big ‘thank you’ for the service yesterday. It was beautiful and fitting and everyone commented on what a lovely service it was.
Thank you for your patience and preparation as it ensured everything went smoothly, and for your kind words. I was so pleased I read my tribute to Dad. I think he would have been proud of us all for a job well done!
We would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone who needs your services.’ J.H.
‘We cannot thank you enough for the way in which you delivered Mums funeral. Everyone commented on how well it went and that Mum would have enjoyed the day. Thank you for the presentation copy. It is a lovely momento. Keep up the excellent work. I know its your job, but feel you do take extra particular care of peopleus in times of sadness. Your kindness and understanding at a time in one's life when your emotions don’t always let you think straight, is so much appreciated.’ D & J Wilcox.