'An Exclusive Experience'
About Celebrant Steve Game-Blackmoor
Quality & Compassion
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.
- 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 that it will need to be organised and delivered with great care and understanding.
“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 so, I am a proud member of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC) and align my standards of service with its core principles:
- Members will always conduct ceremonies with professionalism and to the highest of
- Members should not judge or give personal opinions on their own or client’s beliefs/spiritual
- Members should always behave in a manner that allows both the public and industries to feel secure in the profession and be able to rely on the high standard of ceremonies conducted.
- Members shall process all personal data in accordance with all applicable data protection legislation (including but not limited to the General Data Protection Regulation).
My Professional Fees
- Up to a 60-minute funeral/memorial ceremony and committal, including consultations £220 (held at any venue within a 50 mile radius of ST15)
- There will be an additional charge for ceremonies that exceed 60 minutes and/or are beyond the 50-mile radius.
- Mileage charges – 0.55p per mile
- Internment of Ashes £60
Fees will be revised from November 1st, 2021 and again from April 1st, 2022
*William A. Foster
My work will never be workaday or formulaic, and it will always seek to be representative of the family I’m serving. Maintaining an in-depth knowledge and experience when it comes to grief and having undertook extensive training and regularly participate in a program of continued professional development, means that I’m always looking to be innovative and substantive.
An independent Funeral Director recently commented, “We thoroughly recommend Steve. He is top of his game, no mistaking that. He is substantive in his whole approach and can deliver exceptionally well on the day. Incredibly reliable and a real force to be reckoned with – a breath of fresh air.”
Articulacy and a Sense of Musicality and Poetry
A funeral ceremony or memorial is about coming together to honour the person’s life who has died.
My style of the ceremony is hands-free. I don’t usually read from scripts. I prefer to be in the moment with you – looking, listening, tasting, feeling, sensing the words, the music, the poetry, the images, the art, and the ritual alongside you.
Music and poetry being the universal languages of the soul, can speak to us about the essence of who they were. As a musician and writer I have a sense of how to include them both creatively. William Wordsworth said, ‘Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.’ If delivered with understanding and eloquence, it will not only just make the poem easier to hear; it will underscore the importance of every word.
A family I served recently commented: “Afterwards, mourners asked whether Steve knew my mum, which is testament to his professionalism and integrity. His musicality and use of language was very impressive.”
I work very hard to get to know the person we’re celebrating. The whole ceremony will reflect their personality and character and be an extraordinary celebration of their life.
A Mix of Ritual, Spoken and Visual Eulogy, Poetry, Symbolism and Music
Including photographs within the ceremony can bring memories of a loved one to life.
I can create unique Visual Eulogies using your pictures and videos, and set them to your chosen music. Sometimes funeral ceremonies can be a little too wordy and using imagery and art, music, and symbolism, will often speak a thousand words, thereby enhancing the whole experience.
Click on the image above for an example of a visual eulogy.
Symbols and ritual can also evoke profound emotions and memories. They can powerfully fuel our imaginations, and there is no limit to how we may include them, and I have a lot of experience and ritualistic know-how to offer you in this respect.