During the Covid-19 pandemic there are restrictions on funerals: who can attend and what can happen.  If you’re arranging a funeral at this time, you have a choice: a limited ceremony according to these rules, or a direct cremation (no-one attending) now and a memorial service later.

I’m happy to help you think through the options.  In some places you can involve more people by live-streaming the ceremony from the chapel.  (I’ve chosen not to lead funerals on Zoom, but some celebrants are, and I can signpost you to them, if that’s what you’d like).  A memorial can be as formal or informal as you choose; you may want to lead it yourself, or ask a celebrant to.

While the lockdown goes on, I’m working only at places I can get to easily; that’s basically North and East London.

My job as a celebrant is to help you design a service that feels right to you and appropriate for the person who’s died.  That might mean sorting out the music, suggesting readings, thinking of ways to brighten up the venue.  It’s also creating a structure for the service, so that you can both celebrate the life and mourn the death.  You can also hand over responsibility to me on the day, so that you don’t have to worry about other people, and can find some solace in the ceremony.

Why The White Chair? It’s the title of a lovely poem by the late Ken Smith, which you can read here.

Big sea with figure 2009

All paintings by Garry Kennard, www.garrykennard.com, reproduced by kind permission of the artist.