What is a celebrant?
A Funeral Celebrant
The Funeral Guide describes a celebrant ‘as the main host of a funeral or celebration of life.’
Steve creates and leads personalised funeral ceremonies based on the person’s life who has died. Information is gathered from the family to construct a funeral that can either be non-religious or life centred. It is a common misconception that all non-religious ceremonies are humanist. Humanism follows a specific worldview. But should a family choose to include religion, a prayer, or a hymn, then as a Celebrant, Steve can help you do that.
Although Steve was trained initially by the Church of England, he has since become a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC) and so writes and delivers a funeral, burial, natural burial, internment, scattering of ashes and memorial ceremony based on what the family want and need. As a Celebrant, he will represent the beliefs of the person who has died and the family, religious or not.
The Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC)
Steve works closely with the association’s code of practice. The AOIC is home to some of the most competent and highly skilled celebrants in the business. You can be assured of a uniquely beautiful ceremony delivered with professional service from its members.
More Than Just a Celebrant
In 2017, Steve set up ‘Holding Dear Support Service‘ group. The group consists of highly qualified counsellors and grief specialists who provide ongoing support to families who feel they need it. The service is FREE at the point of use. His work as a celebrant helps to fund this support.
Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating for some. A Celebrant who understands grief professionally and personally is exceptional; this has proven to be an invaluable resource and support for hundreds of families and individuals Steve has served. It also provides a unique component to the quality of the funeral ceremony.
Offering an empathic, professional service is part and parcel of Steve’s unique Celebrancy, and it is what defines who he is both personally and professionally.
Don’t be afraid to ask if you need someone to talk to. Your GP will be very familiar with how you feel and put you in touch with someone trained to offer you support. Alternatively, contact me, and I will refer you to the Holding Dear Support Service.
There are other outstanding organisations that provide specialist support to the bereaved, namely: