advance planning

While most of us have probably had some thought about whether we want to be cremated or buried, very few of us take the time to consider how we would like our lives to be remembered and celebrated. As an Ethical Funeral Celebrant, I am happy to address this and to work with people to ensure they get the ceremony they want, and to assist with planning and developing their ceremony in advance. I am happy to do this with the individual alone or jointly with their family or next of kin present.

While all of us can benefit from putting together our thoughts and wishes about what we want, it is particularly relevant for people who are close to the end of their lives. While putting our plans in place may feel like a strange thing to do, it does helps us to feel a little more in control of our situation. Advance planning your ceremony will also save your family or next-of-kin the stress of trying to second-guess what you would have wanted, and ensures you are able to put your stamp on your celebration, letting it truly reflect what is important to you. You may want to consider where should it be held, what readings or poems you would like. Who do you want to be involved and if there is there certain music you want played?