I have lived in Harrogate for most of my life and worked in various different jobs but I trained as a Funeral Celebrant because I had been to funerals which just didn’t feel quite right and having experienced grief myself (as we all must at some point) I wanted to help people at that very difficult time.
It is so important for a funeral to be personal and meaningful – truly reflective of the way a person was. It is a day when goodbyes can be said in an appropriate and significant way – with feeling and expression.
I work with you to craft the kind of ceremony that feels right, making it beautiful, interesting, imaginative and individual. Marking the end of someone’s life can be as creative as you want it to be – celebrating the days lived but also mourning the loss and acknowledging the grief.
As a greenfuse celebrant I will bring whatever elements of spirituality you wish into the ceremony – or none at all. I will spend time with you learning about the person who has died and leading you through the process with compassion and sensitivity – working with your Funeral Director as necessary and, above all, holding the person who has died as the most important part of the service.
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“Thank you…..You were so patient and understanding and held it together for us so beautifully. All his and our friends were very touched at just how personal it was. “
“Rachel guided us with great sensitivity through the process of creating the service. The funeral was full of warmth and humour and a lovely quirkiness that was a true reflection of our mum.”
“Rachel.That was perfect in every way. I sincerely mean that. And we can't thank you enough.”
“What can I say? You were amazing, helping us and me through such a difficult time. It made such a difference having someone that you trusted to do something so emotionally charged. Thank you for everything.”
“….just to say thank you for organising a wonderful service. My father would have been very proud.”
“People really thought it captured him and his approach and was true to him. This is in no small way due to the skilful and empathetic way you sought views and moulded them into your talk.”
“Hi Rachel, many thanks for yesterday, it was a wonderful service.”
“Thank you Rachel. I was going to contact you anyway just to say thank you so much for all you've done for us. You came to my family at such a difficult time but you have been wonderful. And finally yesterdays service was everything we wanted. Very personal to both my dad and our family life. You helped make an awful time more bearable. Thanks again. X
On behalf of myself, X and Y’s family,I would like to thank you for the truly reflective and moving farewell you gave us for Y.
Her character was there in the words you wrote and delivered to us in a wonderful service. We cannot thank you enough for your efforts."