I am qualified and able to take funeral ceremonies. I am best suited to non-religious services and am happy to work outside of the crematorium if the family would rather a natural burial, or a celebration away from the usual venues.
My fee includes:
A personal visit with the family: This might be anything from an hour to three hours with the family in which I can hear stories and see photos and get a real sense of the personality of the deceased.
Advice on creating an order of service: I can help you to encourage and allow for the participation of family and friends an to create a service that is relevant to your loved one and appropriate for the person they were.
A draft of the service: I will send a draft of the whole ceremony to you for approval and feedback in plenty of time, to ensure that all details are absolutely correct and the tone is right for you.
The ceremony: My presence to conduct your ceremony on the day.
If you have other requirements such as sourcing items for use in ceremonies, music or a specially printed order of service, I'll be happy to discuss these with you.
I will do my utmost to set the tone in whatever way will best help the family to process their grief, celebrating the life of the person who has gone, in a way that is appropriate and respectful and meets the wishes of those left behind.
Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your needs.
We all thought yesterday was just right and what [he] would have wanted so many thanks for making it go so well.
"Viv provided us with an excellent service and ensured that our dad's funeral was exactly as we wanted. She spent time getting to know us and was very empathetic and sensitive in the manner that she built up her understanding of the family, and quickly understood that we wanted to celebrate dad's life as well as recognise our loss and sadness.
She was also very efficient and well organised in preparing the service and we felt reassured by her professionalism and the clarity she brought to the planning and preparation. Our friends and family all felt that the spirit of dad had been captured and we are very grateful to Viv for making this possible."
Simon and Clare Feasey
"We asked Viv to conduct the funeral service for our mum's funeral after we saw her perform the wedding ceremony for some friends and were struck how special and personal she made the event. She struck us as someone who would combine this sensitivity with an ability to understand who mum really was and we were not wrong.
Viv spent a great deal of time contacting everyone who was important in our mum’s life before writing a speech which celebrated her life in a way that was honest, true and joyous. She ensured that space was made for sadness and reflection alongside this celebration and brought together a service that everyone present commented was a fantastic reflection of mum’s life. I couldn't recommend her highly enough."
Viv Andrews, took a funeral service for the company I work for in September 2014 at our local crematorium in Nottingham.
We were in constant touch to plan and prepare the service, ensuring such things as timing, other participating family members and musical requests were arranged properly and efficiently.
Viv had great understanding towards the needs of the Crematorium staff and Funeral Directors as well as the importance of the ceremony itself to the grieving family.
She carried out the service with great sensitivity and clarity, conveying a very consoling and reassuring picture of the deceased gentleman, much appreciated by comments I overheardbymourners afterwards.
Viv ensured that the whole service was carried out with great dignity and professionalism and what is more, with great courage, considering that the person whose funeral it was happened to be was her Uncle.
Mark Ridout (Funeral Director)
It was a lovely service on Wednesday. A Big Thank You for the effort you put into the preparation and delivery of a very personalised ceremony. Everyone i spoke to afterwards were saying how nice the service was and enjoyed the stories of Victor's life. Someone asked me did you know Victor personally as you seemed to get things so right when relating things about him. I told him that you're very discerning when it comes to people which helps you get the true flavour of someone's personality.
Another friend said that he thought the pace in which you spoke was good because you didn't rush through it. I would agree, you made your words heartfelt!