I know from bereavements in my own family how significant the funeral ceremony is in helping to navigate the complex and confusing emotions surrounding death. I am committed to working with families and professionals to produce individual and memorable funeral ceremonies of the highest standard.
I have over thirty years’ experience of public speaking to both large and small audiences. My background in archaeology and heritage in England and the Middle East has nurtured my cultural awareness and sense of the “spirit of place”: attributes I seek to bring to the ceremonies I create.
I am a fully-trained independent funeral celebrant based in Reading and available for funerals in Berkshire, North Hampshire, South Oxfordshire and East Wiltshire.
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“You led the service beautifully, and I really felt that you'd understood Dad, and what it was I wanted to put across at his funeral. Your words were perfect. You were insightful and philosophical about life and death, and you managed to be soothing while remaining sincere and down to earth. That's something I have noticed people struggle with, so it's a real skill and I was very grateful for your talents.”
“Myself and family would like to thank you for sending me the copies of my uncles funeral. My brother and myself were only saying today that it was a shame we did not have a copy of your lovely speech then "hey presto" it arrived.... what can I say great minds think alike!!! Again my family thought you were lovely and spoke about him so well...my auntie said you have a lovely voice and great hair!!! I will keep your details and you will be highly recommended by us.”
“We cannot express enough how excellently Alison prepared and delivered her wonderful tribute as our nominated funeral Celebrant. We were truly amazed at how accurately and vividly Alison managed to help us to visualise all that our loved one was and all that she will be remembered for. The detail that Alison captured from her relatively short meeting with us was truly exceptional and her writing was equally so. Her style of writing was accessible and almost poetic without sounding abstract or dramatic; a truly amazing tribute which did justice to our truly amazing loved one. We cannot recommend Alison enough both for her writing but also her delivery on the day of our funeral celebration. Alison guided us (the family) with a steady hand and delivered an impeccable service. She had clearly prepared well and delivered the dedication to our loved one in a clear and sympathetic way. She ensured the different components of our planned service flowed seamlessly and the result was that all in attendance offered extensive praise following the service and all of the close family expressed how well their high expectations had been met and exceeded. Many asked for a copy of what Alison had written and delivered and we again were grateful for her professionalism and preparedness as she provided this to us before we even had to ask. We will be eternally grateful to Alison for her work with us and wish to give her our full recommendation.”