Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.
— Haruki Murakami

I am an independent celebrant offering personal and meaningful ceremonies in the UK and Mallorca. I provide non-religious ceremonies which honour the life of a person and the mark they left on the world in a respectful and sensitive way.

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I offer the following ceremonies:

  • Funerals

  • Memorials

  • Interment of ashes

I was inspired to become a celebrant after helping to arrange a humanist funeral ceremony for somebody who had died by suicide. I was touched by how the process of paying tribute to a life in a compassionate way, and paying respect to a person’s struggles as well as their victories, helped with the healing process.

Having previously attended many funerals which felt impersonal and stilted, this experience inspired me to become a celebrant myself and I signed up to do the British Humanist Association’s Funerals Training in 2014.

After a death, whether it is expected or sudden, I talk to those close to the person who has died to hear their memories and find out about the person they have lost in order to draft the life story.

I guide the family in choosing poems and music to incorporate into the ceremony, and discuss whether anyone would like to deliver a personal eulogy. This is usually done in person at the family’s home, but can also be done by telephone, Skype or email.

There is then the opportunity to review the script, and at each stage I support the family and other loved ones in creating a special ceremony that provides a fitting tribute to the person they have lost.

It’s a true privilege to be able to share what somebody meant to their loved ones and the unique mark they left on the world.

For me this is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done and I feel incredibly honoured to be involved in this most raw and important moment in people’s lives.

Thank you Anna, your presentation for mum’s funeral service was absolutely perfect. Just the right combination of empathy and humour to lighten our celebration of her life. We cried, we laughed and we are at Peace. I have received so many compliments for ‘an enjoyable funeral’…which says it all.
— Anne W, Lymington (UK)