As well as funerals, I can also offer a memorial service. 

There are similarities between a funeral and a memorial in terms of the ceremony, but the main difference is that there is no burial or cremation, as this will have already been done previously.

If a loved one has chosen to have a specific type of funeral, a memorial is a great way for family and friends to celebrate the life of the person they have lost, in their own way.

Memorial ceremonies are held after a funeral, maybe hours, days, weeks or even months later. Without the time constraints of a crematorium or burial site, a memorial ceremony can last quite a few hours, allowing flexibility of time to share stories and memories of the person who has died. They are often celebratory events whilst still holding in mind the sadness of the loss. Members of the wider family, friends and work colleagues can gather together and enjoy sharing in a more open, free way.
Memorials may be held almost anywhere, outdoors or indoors, in a home or other venue of your choice. A place of particular significance for the person who has died may make the perfect choice, somewhere of beauty, or simply a venue at the heart of their community.

 

If you would like any more information on Memorials, please get in touch and I can run through it with you.


Scattering the Ashes - Price on request

Most times, scattering the ashes of a loved one is a personal affair, only attended by family and close friends.

Should you want someone to help you with your order of service, or to even say a few words, a celebrant is a great person to do this. We are able to write a short eulogy, conduct a full ceremony or simply provide some readings for you.

 

There are a few things to consider if you do want to scatter ashes, with our without a celebrant.

  1. Ceremony leader - If you decide not to use a celebrant, you will need some to run the order of service. It's best to decide who will lead the scatter on the day.
  2. Type of service - There are a few different types of service that you can have. You may want to research which one would be best for you.
  3. Location - You need to check that the place that you are planning to scatter the ashes allows you to do so. You are legally allowed to scatter ashes anywhere you wish, but you must have the permission of the landowner.
  4. The urn - This may sound silly, but the urn will need to be easy to open and large enough for you to easily sprinkle the ashes.
  5. The weather - If it is especially windy on the day you scatter, there is a chance that the ashes can blow in any direction. You need to be careful as this could lead to the ashes blowing back on yourself, or some of those attending.
  6. Who will scatter - It is a good idea to make the decision ahead of time to avoid any confusion. You may only want one person to do it, or you may want each person to scatter a little. In that case, it might be a good idea to get a special scoop to use.
  7. Readings? Music? - If you want to keep it simple, then you won't need to worry about this. But if you would like to have a small memorial to commemorate the moment, you may want to think about who will read, or how you will play the music.
  8. Let people know - This is particularly important. If you are planning on a hike, or having a boat, or something that may require people to travel some distance, you need to let them know in advance so they can make the necessary arrangements. Also bear in mind that some may not be able to attend for reasons such as age and ability. If you decide to make any changes, you will need to keep everyone updated so they are aware of what is expected of them.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or would like any advice about scattering ashes.