The word Celebrant comes from the Latin, Celebrants which is the present participle of Celebrare, the verb meaning to celebrate. A Celebrant is a highly trained and educated professional who takes the service to celebrate and commemorate your loved one. Dr Rebecca is a triple prize-winning graduate and a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. With extensive experience within the Church of England and in addition to a certificate in Funeral Celebrancy she is probably one of the best qualified Celebrants in the country. Having taken hundreds of services and given many inspirational lectures and workshops, she has become very experienced within the public speaking arenas. Her first book, “Lifejoy ~ Your Manual for Resilient Living” talks about life, love and loss which may be helpful during difficult times.
The structure and content of the service is entirely based upon your wishes alongside those of your family and friends. Dr Rebecca will compose a unique ceremony according to those needs. Usually a service would last for 20 minutes. Dr Rebecca can accommodate all kinds of requests for the content of her services. If there are any particular poems, readings, hymns or compositions then please let her know and she will be pleased to include them. She is vastly experienced in crafting together a service that flows beautifully and will guide you through the process to make everything as comfortable and dignified as possible for you. Dr Rebecca has a lovely selection of readings to use as helpful suggestions.
It is always lovely if someone would like to take part in the service. It is helpful if she has a copy of the piece in advance so that she is able to step in at the last moment if that becomes necessary. If no-one desires to do this then Dr Rebecca can easily lead the service throughout.
It is always a sacred task to choose the music for the service. There are amazing technologies available to us which make it much easier to find rare tracks. Some venues will take CD’s but it is important to make sure that they will work in a variety of players first so that everything works well on the day of your service. If you are unsure then please just ask Dr Rebecca and she has a wealth of lovely suggestions.
It is always a very positive act to have a collection box after the service. Many people like to make a donation and feel that they are supporting a cause that is close to the heart of the family. Your Funeral Director will sort this out and Dr Rebecca is happy to announce the collection at the start of the service.
Dr Rebecca is happy to write the service order card for you and then usually your Funeral Director produces it for you. It is a nice thing for people to treasure after the service and is also helpful if there are any hymns or psalms in the service. If you do not feel a service order card is right for your ceremony then we can use the prayer books that are already in the chapel.
Dr Rebecca is already named on several people’s funeral plans as the person they would like to take their services. Many individuals have requested her to compose their future services whilst they are still alive. This has been the most rewarding work as it allows everyone to participate whilst everyone is happy and well. Please feel free to call Dr Rebecca if you would like to ask her any questions.
The meetings are an important part of the process and something to be cherished by all of those involved. Sometimes it is helpful to think about the words that describe best your relationship and then we can build a service around those values. If it is for a funeral then it is helpful to think about the best things about your loved one, their character and personality and what they might have liked to be said about them. If the person arranging the service lives a very long way away then there can be other ways of communicating, don’t worry, Dr Rebecca will always find a way to solve such problems.
Usually there are three options when thinking about a venue for your wedding. A Church, a Registry office or a Licensed Venue. The wonderful thing about having Dr Rebecca as your Celebrant is that you’re not restricted to just these arenas. As no legal processes take place during your service you can have it in your back garden, on the beach or even your favourite place! As long as it is safe and there is permission granted, this is beautifully personal way to add meaning to your ceremony. Just as when a birth is registered, you can go to the Registry Office and say the brief legal words a few days before your ceremony. Then we are free to have a service with faith, hope and love on your big day. If you have any questions then please feel free to give Dr Rebecca a call to have a chat.
We would normally have a meeting together to plan the service and again later in the venue to check things over. This makes sure that everything goes as well as it possibility can on the day. If the service is to be outside, it is wise to have an alternative just in case the weather causes problems.