If your loved one is being cremated, you may decide on a Funeral Celebrant to deliver the service. You can engage my services independently, or through your chosen Funeral Director. I meet with you, and any other family members and friends who would like to contribute and listen to your wishes and ideas about what you would like included in the ceremony. This can be songs, hymns, poems, readings or tributes read by family, friends or myself. Following your guidance, I write your service and send you a copy prior to the funeral service for any tweaks or amendments. Once you are happy with everything, I liaise with the Funeral Director to put the Order of Service together and then deliver the service at the Crematorium, on the day of the funeral.
You may decide that you would like to hold a Memorial Service for someone who has passed away. This may be because the deceased has already been cremated or buried, or for family and friends who were unable to attend the funeral service. There is no restriction on time, or length of service (venue permitting) and can be held at any location or place of your choice. As with a cremation service, I meet with the family, or closest to the deceased, and collaborate with you to put together a beautiful, memorable service. I include all of your wishes and ideas, and those of any other contributors too, as well as making suggestions should you require me to do so. I can deliver the service on the day, simply facilitate it as a Master of Ceremonies and anything in between.
Burial/Internment of Ashes
A burial service or interment of ashes takes place at the graveside or burial plot with the coffin or cremation urn. It may be that other family members are already buried there or the plot has been reserved by the deceased. A burial marks a known site that gives family and friends a place to mourn and honour the life of a loved one that was once here.
Scattering of Ashes
Scattering of ashes usually takes place some time further along the bereavement journey. There are hardly any restrictions as to where a scattering can take place and is usually a location memorable to the deceased. It can bring a sense of release for those left behind and is an opportunity to get friends and family together, one last time, to celebrate the life of a loved one who has departed.
There is a beautiful piece of music I use in my services called 'The Farewell', which was composed for me by Denis Pintard. If you would like to listen to it, or any of Denis' music, or contact him directly yourself please CLICK HERE
"I would like to thank you for the brilliant job you did on Saturday. Your warm tone and delivery, friendly demeanour and beautifully chosen words certainly made everyone feel at ease and contributed to making the day as stress free as it could have been under the circumstances.2 - Marc from Bournemouth/London
"Louise spoke with a warm tone, and her delivery of the eulogy on the day was captivating and heartfelt. She was reliable and professional at all times." - Charlotte Hall, Funeral Arranger, Chester Pearce Funeral Services
"We were so pleased with what Louise wrote that we had the service translated into Latvian, and used it at his memorial service in Latvia, for family who were unable to attend in the UK." - Saparenko family, Boscombe
"Thank you so much for making Friday a memorable day. The warmth we all felt for my mum came through your words and presentation." - Teresa, Poole
"I would recommend Louise as a Celebrant for a funeral where a full Christian service is not appropriate. She related well with us to make the preparations in a compassionate way, even with short notice. Louise followed through with our wishes and lead the actual service in a sensitive and inclusive way, allowing time for people to meditate or pray as they felt comfortable. All in all she provided a good farewell to our friend." - Jill, Bournemouth
"I just wanted to thank you again on behalf of the family for your lovely reading at Dad's funeral. We really appreciate all your work at such short notice." - Mike, Poole
"We have every confidence with Louise, and we know that when we recommend her services to a client, we are putting them in good hands. Louise is compassionate and caring, and has the skill to take people's thoughts and memories and turn them in to a tribute that perfectly reflects the Deceased and the family's wishes for the funeral. Louise is professional and caring, and listens to the family to personalise every service. We have been extremely happy with her professionalism and ability to adapt to any situation, whilst still showing genuine compassion." - Heidi Lund, Eden Funeral Directors
"Thank you very much, everyone I spoke to was very pleased with the service. Steph and I were impressed in the way you said it, it was excellent. Once again thank you from Steph and I, best wishes to you." - Chris & Steph, Exeter
"Thank you so much for everything yesterday Louise. It really was perfect." - Beckie Nash, Ringwood
"I just want to say a massive thank you to you for the service that you conducted for my husband Richard. Everyone said it was a really good service. I am really pleased and I'm sure Richard was happy as well." - Christina, Bournemouth
"Louise, People come into our lives sometimes fleetingly but often for poignant reasons and for that they are remembered. The eulogy for mum was just lovely, you captured who she was and what she meant to us all and we will remember always. Our heartfelt thanks." - Vanessa, Phillippa, Sam & Dennis Holloway
"I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your VERY substantial contribution towards making Friday a success. The feedback and messages received all acknowledge the special nature of the service and almost all refer to you "getting" us and your delivery." - Kelv White, West Moors
"Hi Louise, many thanks for sending us the full funeral service booklet. Its a lovely keepsake to have. We were really pleased with the funeral service and felt it was very fitting as did Georgina, Kathryn, Jack and Harriet. Thanks again for all your help. Kind regards John and Lin"