Funerals and memorial services are an opportunity to celebrate the life of the deceased while bringing some comfort to the family and friends. It is a very difficult time for family or loved ones left behind, and arranging a funeral can be daunting, especially as it usually has to be organised in a short period of time, whilst each person involved is dealing with their own grief. I would be honoured to offer my services as a celebrant to create a memorable and meaningful service for your loved one.

Saying Goodbye

I understand it is a very difficult time for family or loved ones left behind, and arranging a funeral can be daunting, especially as it usually has to be organised in a short period of time, whilst each person involved is dealing with their own grief. I would be honoured to work with you to create a memorable service for your loved one.

Celebration of Life Ceremony Preparation

In preparing for a funeral service, I spend time with you, your family and close friends, talking with them, and listening to stories and learning about your loved one.
These conversations and the insights they give, provide much of the material for creating a meaningful, personal and respectful service which will be centered on their life. Using what you tell me about your loved one, I will create a funeral, memorial or celebration of life service, that will honour the memory, give thanks for, and most importantly, give a true reflection, of your loved one’s life.

As well as any words or music you may wish to include, I can suggest poems, readings, prayers, blessings, music, songs and hymns which can be used to create a personal and unique service.

The ceremony can be traditional or contemporary, formal or relaxed, semi-religious or non-religious, to reflect your wishes and the wishes of the deceased.

Sometimes I am called in when someone is very ill, so that we can meet in person, so I can get to know them and learn from them what would be important in their service.

Alex

Celebration of Life Ceremony

Thank you for expressing so beautifully for us our thoughts and feelings about Barbara, and for so faithfully honouring her wishes for her memorial service.

Alex
Joanna and Peter

Celebration of Life Ceremony

You took the happy and the sad stories about our son and wove them into a beautiful ceremony.

Joanna and Peter
Denise

Celebration of Life Ceremony

Thank you for the eloquent and comforting celebration of life service. You made us feel you’d been a dear friend of our beloved mother.

Denise

Funeral Ceremony Location

I conduct services in funeral homes, at gravesides, in mausoleums, and at the location where ashes are scattered.

Each funeral ceremony is completely customised from start to finish, honouring the person who has died. The ceremony focuses on everything that made that person special and unique. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to take part to express their own thoughts and feelings and say goodbye in ways that have meaning for themselves and all those present. This can be through readings, poems, live music, or personal tributes.

I’m there to guide you and to help with writing, order of service, and preparation. I will deliver as much or as little of the funeral service words as you wish. And, if you wish, I will also write and give the eulogy, based on all that you have told me about your loved one.

 

The Legalities

Please be aware that in addition to your ceremony, the legal registration of all deaths in England and Wales must also take place at your local registry office. Contact your local registry office for more information https://www.gov.uk/register-offices.

Book your Ceremony
with Catherine Kentridge

Whether you choose a memorial or funeral, I would like to offer you my services as a sensitive, empathetic and caring celebrant.

Although it is common to use a funeral director, I am happy to work with you whether or not you have one.

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