About Celebrant Steve Game-Blackmoor

'An Exclusive Experience'

Quality & Compassion

The Dragonfly

In 2003 my wife lost her daughter Katie, to a Glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer in the brain or spinal cord. She was six years old. It was a ruthless end to a long two-year battle with the disease. We have been gripped by our loss ever since – and have resolved to devote the rest of our lives to helping people who experience loss and grief in whatever circumstances. Naomi and I are fully qualified Counsellors and Grief Specialists.

Since her death, our work has adopted the dragonfly’s symbolism because for us, it represents going beyond what is on the surface and looking into the more profound implications of life. It is a symbol of new beginnings, and so represents hope, change, and love. 

If someone you know is grieving and they need someone to talk to, do not be afraid to ask! Their GP will be familiar with how they will be feeling and will put them in touch with someone trained to offer them support. Alternatively, contact me, and I will put them in touch with a service I chair, which provides accessible support to people struggling to come to terms with their loss.

Code of Practice

I love my work and I am very passionate about it. I understand from a personal point of view that the funeral of someone we love can be a ‘make or break’ situation; and it will need to be organised and delivered with great care and understanding.

William A. Foster puts it very well, “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”  And there are many alternatives.

I am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC) and so, align my standards of service with its core principles. The AOIC is closely associated with the organisations below, and all I do is consequently covered by Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Professional Fees

  • Up to a 60-minute funeral/memorial ceremony and committal, including consultations £215 (held at any venue within a 50 mile radius of ST15)
  • Additional charges for ceremonies that exceed 60 minutes and/or are beyond the 50-mile radius apply.
  • Mileage charges – 0.55p per mile
  • Internment of Ashes £60

Fees will be revised from November 1st, 2021

Katie Amelia 1997 - 2003

Articulacy and a Sense of Musicality and Poetry

All too often a funeral can sound generic and monotone. With over 20 years’ experience, I can deliver something much more personable and engaging.

I work hard to get to the know the person, what made them laugh, what made them cry, their hopes and their dreams.  This enables me to create something really special.

“Afterwards, mourners asked whether Steve knew my mum, which is testament to his professionalism and integrity.”

A Mix of Ritual, Spoken and Visual Eulogy, Poetry, Symbolism and Music

Click on the image above for an example of what a visual eulogy would look and sound like. I can create Visual eulogies for you, using your photographs and videos which are then set to your chosen piece of music. A special moment within the ceremony. Sometimes funerals can be a little too wordy. Imagery and art, music, and symbolism, often speak a thousand words and can really enhance the whole experience.

I also specialise in environmentally friendly funeral ceremonies which may take place in a woodland or green burial site, embracing the use of symbolism, music, and art.

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