Celebrate!!! This is not often a word associated with funerals, yet I believe that funeral ceremonies can be created in order to celebrate the life of the person that is no longer with us.
Farewells can indeed be difficult and sad, but how would the person you are saying farewell to have liked to have been remembered?
Would they have wanted a party?
Would they have wanted to see people laughing? Dancing? Singing?
Did the person have a certain character or ways that made them, THEM?
Did they have a hobby they were devoted to?
Did they have a catchphrase that they were known for?
How did they make you laugh or annoy you?!
Did they have a favourite colour for everybody to wear?
Any specific food they loved to eat that could be included in the after ceremony event or party?
These are questions that not many people think are normal to ask or think about when arranging a funeral ceremony.
This is my main ethos behind ceremonies I deliver. It is not always the traditional or preferred way, but my main aim is to indeed bring an element of celebration to what can be a very solemn occasion.
You can tell me what you want to say and how you want the person to be remembered. Often, little characteristics and foibles are missed out of services but when remembered are guaranteed to make those present laugh and smile.
As I am an Independent Celebrant, I am open to all beliefs and philosophies be they non-religious or religious. I create and perform ceremonies based on the specific beliefs of the person and their family.
Is there a special place that the celebrated person wanted to be laid to rest at? A woodland burial? A favourite park? Favourite pub? Favourite venue?
Between us we can arrange a ceremony to be held in a special location or place.
Being laid to rest in a favourite place means peace of mind, comfort and a true final farewell.
Time is limited at a crematorium or cemetery chapel and often many people want to express their feelings and what the person meant to them.
Open mic funerals can be held after the burial at a different venue or a specific special spot and allows everybody that knew the person to express and release their emotions.
This type of event can include stories, poems, tunes and any other tributes that people want to share.
It can even turn into a party to literally lift spirits!
Funeral Directors are responsible for arranging the ceremonies for funerals and it is a service included in their fees. If you would like to specifically book my services for a funeral or memorial ceremony, just ask the Funeral Director that you are using to contact me.
Here are the Funeral Directors I work closely with in the York area.
Rowley & Sons – https://rowleyandsons.co.uk/
Hayley Owen Funeral Director – https://yorkfunerals.uk/
Darley Funeral Directors – https://www.darleyfunerals.co.uk/
"Louisa was the Celebrant at my wife Ann's funeral. It was a truly beautiful ceremony which honoured and celebrated Ann's life. I can't recommend Louisa enough. She was outstanding from the preparation through to the service. I have been inundated with messages saying how incredible it was."
"I just wanted to say a big thank you for Nana's funeral service! It was perfect you captured her personality brilliantly , and more Importantly she would have approved and loved it !! We laughed and we cried and it was just the way we wanted to say goodbye to her !! So once again thank you so much we really appreciated the lovely service you did for her !"
"Louisa did my dad's funeral yesterday, I've got to say she was incredible. Absolutely everyone commented on the service. She was clever & funny and made everyone smile what an amazing tribute. Cannot recommend this lovely lady highly enough. Thanks again Louisa."
"Just a short note to say thank you so much for the beautiful service you did for Charlotte. It was so personal and really reflected Charlotte as a person. There were tears but also laughter which was fabulous. Nothing can bring our beautiful daughter back to us but your service gave us comfort"
"Louisa was recommended to us as the right person to speak at my girlfriend’s funeral. We were keen to have a service which celebrated her life, as opposed to a very sombre occasion and we were delighted with the Louisa’s style and delivery. Louisa took the time to get a feel for my girlfriend’s character and it was very clear on the day that she had taken everything on board. The service itself was an excellent balance of celebration, laughter and some more serious aspects and we couldn’t have wished for anything more. In short, Louisa is an excellent speaker who will take the time to make the day as good as it can be."
"I can honestly say, that we all thoroughly appreciated YOU from start to finish. YOU MADE IT THE PERFECT CEREMONY, everyone was more than happy with how everything turned out. We all thank you very very much x Starr in name, Star in nature."
"Thanking you for your service yesterday, on the behalf of Dennis's parents & friends. Both speeches we're great, even better than they looked on paper. It was a great send off for an amazing guy, he will be missed. Thanks again"
"Thank you so much Louisa for the very wonderful and moving service you performed yesterday in tribute to mark. It was beautiful. Mark would have loved it. Thank you also for sending the service over to keep.Just a note to pass on. Someone asked me yesterday if you knew Mark. I replied no but you had seen pics and we had given you some stories etc. The lady commented that you had performed the service as if you had really known him well which I thought was a lovely thing to say"
"As a funeral director I have worked with Louisa a few times now and she always gives an excellent service and just the send off families want for their loved ones"
''A genuinely lovely person with a heart for others and a desire to make their celebrations very personal and unique!!''
"Thank you so much for the beautiful service you conducted today. It made what was an emotional day into a happy day. I will always remember the hammer hitting the floor whenever I step outside, another permanent reminder of Simon. Thank you"
"Hi Lou, Just wanted to say thank you for your all the work and for the wonderful ceremony. Many people commented what a great voice you have and I am glad I could "show off" your voice, it was really good. I had to fit everything in and I was conscious that people may get bored or tired but everyone was listening to you as you were a good story teller. They said it was unique and Robert would have loved it so I am really pleased with the comments. cA big thank you from all of us, you were brilliant."
"Morning Louisa. You were BRILLIANT and everything you said made us smile and cry in all the right places and the toast to dad at the end was just what he would have wanted. You were the talk of the afternoon at the reception on how lovely it was to hear about dads life and you spoke as if you had know him personally. Many thanks for making a sad day also a happy day with all the happy memories we can keep for ever"