Simplicity Ceremonies Blog

A ceremony for a pet ?

Should pets have ceremonies ? A pet, such as a dog, can live as a part of a family for many years. My dog, a dachshund / yorkie cross was part of our lives for almost 14 years. Our life with her was the only life that she knew and she has left her mark…

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Civil Celebrant or Humanist ?

Civil Celebrant or Humanist ? I have the greatest respect for Humanists, although I do not consider myself to be one. I will include a hymn or prayer if that is something the family wants. I am a Quaker so I am comfortable with spiritual or religious content as the family requires. I also enjoy…

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Do Celebrants do Weddings and Funerals ?

Some celebrants will offer both of these services. Other celebrants concentrate on just one of these. Personally I feel that these are very different offerings and I prefer to concentrate just on funerals.

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Can I have a ceremony after a direct cremation ?

The simple answer is yes. If you have arranged a direct cremation then a private or more public ceremony can be held at a time and place of your choosing. This could be near the date of the cremation, or weeks, or months later. A ceremony can be held in an intimate setting, such as…

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Are Celebrants Religious ?

There are many different types of Celebrants. For this reason some Celebrants may see themselves as following a religious path, while others will not. As there are many different types of Celebrant you can choose the one that best suits your needs for a ceremony. I am a Quaker and I am happy to conduct…

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How do I find a funeral celebrant ?

A good source is https://www.the celebrantdirectory.com. I am also listed on this.

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How much does a celebrant charge at a funeral ?

Some charge a set fee, at the time of writing, normally around £250 or thereabouts. Some celebrants also charge for travel expenses. I do not charge for travel within my area, which is around one hour from my home address.

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Should you give a Eulogy ?

As much as I can talk about your loved one and their life, I am likely not to have met them in person. Your tribute, memories and stories are personal and will really shine a light and give the authentic voice people want to hear. It will be emotional, so keep it manageable for yourself.…

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A funeral is also a time for reflection.

The main reason for attending a funeral is to remember and pay our respects to someone who has died. At a funeral we are exposed to our own mortality. It is also o.k. to reflect on our own lives at this time. Am I living my life in its fullness ? Is there more that…

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Is a funeral a religious ceremony ?

A funeral can be a religious ceremony. It can also be a spiritual ceremony or a secular ceremony. It can also be a mixture of the above, and it often is. It can be whatever you want it to be. If, for example, you have a crematorium booked for a funeral, you can ask the…

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Next Step

Please email, call or text me and we can have an informal discussion at a convenient time for you. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you wish to raise before making a decision.