I am a bespoke 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 bespoke: 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.
I am independent and fully qualified. I have adopted the Funeral Celebrant Accord so you can be sure you will receive a caring and professional service.
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"I know that I thanked you for the wonderful service that you did for my dear Aunt but wanted to thank you in an e mail. You made the occasion so easy and more bearable with your gentle approach and a calming manner. THANK YOU. You are a 🌟 Keep doing what you are so talented at." Mrs A Smith, August 2019
“On behalf myself and of all the family a huge thank you for the thoughtful and just right way you led the celebration of Roger’s life. Many friends and family have contacted me to say how it really captured Roger and all he stood for and what a perfect tribute you gave him. Thank you for all your compassion and commitment, it is really appreciated by us all.” Carole and family, June 2019
"Chelsea was the Celebrant for my Mother’s funeral in April 2019. She spent a lot of time asking me questions about my mother in order to be able to write the service in a way that made it very personal. She was compassionate and flexible and held the space beautifully during the service. So many people said afterwards that it was the most moving funeral service they had ever attended. I cannot recommend Chelsea highly enough. The service was everything we had hoped for and adhered to our and my mother’s wishes." Dr K. M.
“Thank you for all your efforts for dad. You conducted the service very well and caught his nature when you were speaking. We all appreciated it and I think dad would have too. Thank you for bringing warmth and understanding to a difficult day.” September 2019
“I was very pleased how everything turned out. Many thanks for all you did on the day, a number of friends and family commented on how lovely the service was and how it reflected dad so well.” September 2019
“Thank you so much for yesterday it was a beautiful service and very much appreciated.” September 2019
“I would like to thank you for the very sensitive way you presented our memories and honoured our dad on the day. We all felt the service was uplifting and an excellent send off.” August 2019
“I would like to thank you so much… You really conducted the funeral service in a marvellous way, found beautiful and fitting words and delivered them wonderfully. You contributed to the fact that the celebration really went as my dear sister wished. Thank you very much.” August 2019
“We were so lucky to have you as Celebrant – you came highly recommended. I thought the whole morning was exactly right and am grateful to you for the major part you played.” August 2019
“Thank you Chelsea for helping make yesterday very special. Everybody said what a lovely service it was, and we feel very lucky that we had you to lead the service.” August 2019
“Thank you for making the ceremony a special event and fitting tribute to Mum, you did her proud.” July 2019
“Chelsea, your warm and thoughtful delivery added something very special to the service. Thank you.” June 2019
“Thank you very much for conducting the service for our dear Aunt. It was just her. All my cousins thought that it was exactly the right balance.” June 2019
“Thank you just isn’t enough, we are so grateful. You are so amazing, the whole ‘send off’ was everything I hoped it would be.” June 2019
“I just wanted to thank you for today, you really captured L’s spirit, we appreciated all your care and attention.” May 2019
“Thank you for the lovely way you spoke of Dad. The service was all we hoped it would be and more.” May 2019
“Everybody loved the service today, it was done so beautifully, something that my mum would have loved, I know she would have been very happy with that. Thank you for your kind words, and helping us get through this day.” April 2019
“Thank you for delivering such a sympathetic service, it was just how she would have liked it and although we are all going to miss her it was the nicest way to celebrate her life and to say goodbye.” April 2019
“Just to say thank you so much for a wonderful service today. We couldn't have wished any more.. Your kind words will stay with us always.” April 2019
“Thank you for the lovely way you conducted the ceremony. [Mum] would have been as delighted as we were.” April 2019
“Thank you so much for the lovely service you did for my Mum. Everyone has said how professional & caring you were at speaking & the content was spot on.” March 2019
“Thank you very much for yesterday, it was a very moving service.” March 2019
“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
“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