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Funerals

Remember Me – Christine Currah

Remember me when I am gone
But not with sorrow, pain and grief
Think of me as a turning leaf
That in the winter falls from its branch
To be born again in spring and live forever in your heart

 

This can be a very difficult time as you come to terms with your loss and I know how important it is to have the support of a professional by your side who can help you as you negotiate the aftermath of loosing your loved one. Part of that process is to create a meaningful ceremony that celebrates your loved one, as well as a time to say a final goodbye, to their physical form.

As a Multi Faith Minister, I can help you create a personal funeral ceremony and/or memorial service to honour your loved one, whether they had a particular religion/faith or not.

We are free to choose funeral rites that make sense for us and empower us, rather than following a prescriptive structure. You may choose a traditional service at a burial ground or crematorium or consider alternative options such as a natural burial ground where a tree will be planted to remember your loved one.

At the funeral you may also choose to release doves or balloons, have a fire, light candles, throw flowers, petals or herbs on the coffin, let children decorate a stone or dedicate a crystal to their loved one.

The funeral planning process can be incredibly moving, healing and cathartic and is an important part of the grieving process and I am there to support you every step of the way. I encourage as much or as little involvement that feels right for you and understand the importance of having  family and friends by your side. They can be involved with the process and share readings, poems, blessings, prayers, songs or anecdotes if they so choose.

The Eulogy

The eulogy is a written tribute about the life and loves of the desist. I know for some people it can seem a little overwhelming to have to write about their loved one and share the story of their lives. I am here to guide you and give you pointers on how to create the eulogy and if you would like me to read the eulogy on your behalf on the day, I am very happy to do that. This can take the pressure of an already emotional day.

Funeral Poems & Music

The right music, poems and prayers can really give light and grace to any funeral. I will be able to help you choose appropriate and meaningful words and music if you feel you need that guidance and I have a selection you can choose from. You can of course write your own poems and anecdotes and read them yourself and I will be there in the background to help keep timings and of course be a friendly, loving presence.

Order of Service

I will give you some ideas and pointers as to what to included in the order or service if you need it. I also have a selection of services that you can look through to give you some inspiration and ideas. Not everybody chooses and order of service, but if you do, it is a lovely keepsake for your family and friends to cherish.

How much does a funeral celebrant cost?

My fees – £250
Plus 40p per mile if 30 miles or more outside of Upper Beeding, West Sussex

Memorial Service

Memorial services take place after the body has been buried or cremated, so there will be no body at the service (though cremated remains may be present). During the service, people may say prayers, deliver eulogies, read passages from scripture or literature, or sing songs.

Memorial services may take place soon after the death, or may take place on anniversaries of the death. Memorial services may be held in traditional locations, such as a religious place of worship, or in an alternative location with personal significance, such as a park or a family home.

For more information please do get in touch. 07751158339

Testimonials

“Len and I had not at anytime discussed his dying let alone a funeral service so I was quite at sea as to what to do. Saying goodbye to someone you love is very hard and to have a friend to help you through a difficult time was a real blessing. Ann-Marie was able to guide me through what was a humanitarian funeral which catered for mine and Len’s beliefs. Ann-Marie brought so much love and understanding into our discussions as to what I wanted for Len. Your emotions are running almost out of control and there was part of me which would have been quite happy to forget what was going on. Ann-Marie is there to help with the details and give you ideas as to what may be appropriate for the service. Ann-Marie is there to help anytime with a listening ear being empathetic to your own personal situation. I was very grateful for all that she did for us. I would be happy to recommend Ann-Marie to anyone who would like her help at such a traumatic time for all those involved, before, during and after the funeral. Love and blessings” Fiona, Pulborough

“When we first met Ann-Marie we both felt confident and assured of her spirituality and compassion and we felt very comforted by her helpfulness and kindness towards us. She talked us through the whole funeral service, asking for our requirements and helping us both to feel we were being helped by a confident, spiritual person. She attended to sorting out the dates and times at the crematorium and the funeral directors, extremely efficiently. When the day of the service came, everything ran smoothly, with an atmosphere of celebration of our mother’s life and a positive hope for the future. We would totally support Ann-Marie in promoting herself as a minister with the intention of helping others when they need sympathetic, comforting guidance at their times of sadness. Peace and blessings.” Alan & Irene Frost, Steyning

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

Rumi