Funerals

My commitment is twofold:

  • First, to the deceased, to honour their life and to celebrate it.
  • Second, to the family who have entrusted me with this task to provide them with a smooth transition and a ceremony they can look back on with pride.

I will endeavour to provide all the information you and your family will require to make your journey through this most difficult time easier. No one can make the pain go away, but I can assist in taking some of the load.

Ask your Funeral Director to make contact with me, or you can contact me directly.

eileen@eileensmithcelebrant.com

I will:

  • Visit you at a place, date and time convenient to you.
  • Speak and liaise with your chosen funeral director, burial ground or cremation house.
  • Prepare a plan for your style of ceremony
  • Speak and liaise with your family members, regarding music, poems, eulogy/tribute
  • On the day, lead the ceremony for your family, providing a welcome introduction and either speaking for you or introducing your chosen speakers.
  • Advise, organise, source venue, catering, for any after ceremony get-together, or “wake”, if required.
  • Treat every funeral on an individual basis, whether it be a death through illness, accident, old age or that of a young person.

Funerals can happen so quickly, often there is a feeling of “what would the deceased have wanted?” If you are reading this and feel you would like to make some outlined provision for your final celebration please feel free to speak to me.

Remembrance/Memorial Ceremonies/Ash Scattering (post lockdown)

I’m available to discuss any enquiries for any the above ceremonies, please do make contact, all information is free of charge. The above ceremonies can take place in a garden, a venue, or a public space where small gatherings are allowed.

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Linda, whose husband Phil was an ecologist and loved the wonders of wildlife, says; “Phil’s funeral was just what he would have wanted. Three speakers gave brief aspects of his life from a community, social and work point of view. The ceremony was held in a local village hall, and the attendees who could then proceeded to a greenfield burial site in Essex where his coffin was laid with some words from his close family. A wonderful young wood now grows there.”

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Initial preliminary discussion whether via e-mail or phone – free of charge
Initial first face to face discussion – free of charge.
On your instructions I will draw up a plan of preparation with costs you are then able to decide what elements best suit your budget, a deposit for my services is required at this stage.

Depending on the complexity and location, the charge for the delivery of a 20 minute ceremony is usually around £180.

Every ceremony:

Will be special, crafted specifically for the people involved
Will be  focused on the occasion
Will be  focused on the people involved
Will have no rules structure
Will ensure the occasion is exactly what you and your family specifically require

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Interesting piece from BBC Magazine : www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31940529

There are very few independent funeral directors, but I’m pleased to recommend :

www.eustaceking.co.uk

www.securehaven.co.uk

34 thoughts on “Funerals

  1. White family

    Dear Eileen
    I just wanted to send you a note to thank you very much for conducting my father’s funeral last Thursday. Having been very anxious in the lead up and on the actual morning, I thought the way you delivered the service was beautiful and I know that Dad would have thought so too.

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  2. Lindsey

    Eileen, I just wanted to day a big thank you for the amazing eulogy you did for my dad. So many people commented what a lovely service it was and I totally agree. You captured dad’s life perfectly.

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  3. Jane and family

    Eileen
    Thank you so much for Dad’s lovely service yesterday. We all thought it was really beautiful.
    Have a lovely Christmas 🎄🎅
    Thank you so much
    Love Jane and family xxx

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  4. Pat

    I would just like to say how well you handled today, and would like to thank you for being so professional, empathic and considerate with the situation.

    You made me feel so at ease when we met, I would highly recommend you to anyone.

    You made it possible for me to achieve what I had envisaged for my Mum, so I am grateful to you for all your help, thank you.

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  5. Jan Williams

    Eileen, thanks for all your assistance with mums funeral yesterday, everyone said what a lovely tribute it was.

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  6. Elizabeth

    Thanks for reading granddads eulogy yesterday. He certainly surprised everyone with the news of two new family members on the way. Both babies are his great grand children. There was a lot of tears, as you know, but they were happy tears. Thanks again – Dixon family XX

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  7. Elizabeth Riley

    Dear Eileen
    I am writing to thank you for the lovely service you conducted on the 2nd March. I thought the day went very well.

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  8. Lisa and Carly

    We just want to say thank you for speaking so nicely about our Nan earlier this week. Your words were a great reflection of who she was. It was a lovely ceremony.

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  9. Lesley

    Sorry we have taken so long to get back to you, we took mum away for a couple of days after dad’s funeral. Mum David and I wanted to thank you again for the presentation and help you gave us in putting dad’s celebration of life together, it really made the day more bearable for us. Thank you for looking after the girls when they were doing their reading, they are both so glad they were able to speak.. Thanks again Eileen xx

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  10. Joan's family

    Eileen just wanted to say a big thank you for conducting Joan’s service yesterday. Had lots of compliments about you, the content and atmosphere, thanking you again, Family and friends.

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  11. Carole

    Thank you so much for helping us get through today.
    The service was lovely as you were too.

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  12. Jo Smart

    Hi Eileen,

    We would like to say a big thank you for helping to make dad’s celebration of life yesterday exactly what we hoped for. It was a beautiful ceremony and he would have been proud. We appreciate all the help and guildance provided to us over the past few weeks. Thank you.

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  13. Carole and Dick

    Dear Eileen your help with arranging mums funeral was great. Your words on the day reflected all that she meant to us, thanks again.

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  14. Debbie

    Eileen
    I just wanted to thank you for taking the service for mum on Friday. Everyone thought it was a lovely ceremony.
    I’m so sorry I didn’t speak to you before you left on the day, things were all a bit of a blur.
    Thank you again.

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  15. Joanne

    Thank you so much for the lovely service yesterday for my brother, everyone said how lovely you read out the poem – Many thanks J

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  16. John Hayes and family

    Dear Eileen thank you so much for your care and consideration with Dad’s funeral.

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  17. Barbara, David and family

    We would like to thank you as Stephen’s family for the beautiful service yesterday, you really did Stephen proud and so many of the mourners made a point of telling us what a lovely service it was.
    Thank you so much.

    Barbara, David and family

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  18. Tanya Harris

    Thank you Eileen for the care and attention you took in preparing the ceremony for Rick last Thursday. It was just what the doctor ordered so uplifting. Tom said he felt he had done his dad justice and that seems to have made things easier for him.
    The Harris family x.

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  19. Maureen and family

    On behalf of Maureen and all concerned we would like to say a sincere thank you for the care and attention you took in preparing and conducting the service in a caring and professional manner.

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  20. Karen and Family

    Dear Eileen
    Thank you so much for such a lovely service. It all went so smoothly and that was all down to you. We appreciate the care and support you gave to us in arranging dads funeral to make sure everything was as we all wanted it to be.
    For this we all thank you.
    Kind Regards
    From
    Karen and family

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  21. David

    Eileen
    I just wanted to say thank you for conducting my Mum’s service at Colchester Crematorium on the 24th November.
     It was simple and lovely and I think a very fitting tribute to the lady she was.
    The feedback from everyone was good and appreciative and the eulogy was very well received indeed, with many people learning a little or a lot about Pat. You made a difficult day as good as it could have been.

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  22. Maureen

    Good morning to you Eileen
    I wish to thank you so much for the lovely ‘goodbye service’ you took for my brother ‘Jacks’ family and friends.
    It was lovely thank you. Thank you also for your personal much appreciated help and support.

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  23. Edith and family

    I’d like to thank you Eileen for a beautiful service to say farewell to my wonderful husband.  Everyone said it what a lovely service, thought you were great. :)
    I and my family totally agree.  
    I’m feeling in limbo at the moment.  The house doesn’t feel like a home anymore.  I suppose the sooner I move the better.
    Thank you once more.

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  24. Margaret

    Thank you so much Eileen for Enas lovely service at the crem yesterday, the family all thought it went perfectly.
    Kind regards

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  25. Hedges family

    Hi Eileen
    Just wanted to say a big thank you to you for the service you gave for our Mum.

    It was really lovely and exactly what we wanted. Your kindness and compassion when we had our meeting, and on the day, was greatly appreciated at what was an awful time.

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  26. Kim

    Eileen, as a family we would like to say thank you for the way you conducted dads service yesterday. Despite it being a sad occasion everyone commented how lovely it was.

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  27. Julie

    Just a short note to thank you so much for conducting Dad’s funeral service for us last week.
    Whilst being very professional, you added a very personal touch which we found very comforting and uplifting.

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  28. Shelia

    Thanks for delivering such a lovely celebration of life for Terry, everyone said it reflected him to a tee (golf included!)

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  29. Tina and Joan

    Thanks again for all your support with Dads funeral, it was just what we wanted and told Dad’s story so well.

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  30. Lynne, Paula and family

    Dear Eileen
    Thank you so much again for today. You made our words sound very personal and special. Thank you also for your words and perfect delivery! It’s been a pleasure to meet you.

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  31. Jim and family

    Thank you for your ceremony for Dad, he would have been very pleased with his send off.

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  32. Joy

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for a lovely service last week. Everyone was touched. Nicky was so pleased at how the service had gone. Your delivery was perfect. I am sure Mum would have been pleased.

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  33. Lee, Aimee and Laura

    Thank you for delivering such a lovely service on Wednesday, the way you portrayed mum was just perfect and your support whilst I was speaking was really felt and appreciated.
    Thanks again,
    Lee, Aimee and Laura

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