Most funerals take place in the context of a traditional religious service, led by a member of the clergy. However, many families now choose to have a non-religious, Humanist or Civil funeral, and we have a choice of celebrants who will provide a highly personal and dignified celebration of life. We are also experienced in dealing with the funeral requirements of many different faiths and cultures, including Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist.
A choice of music and hymns is an important aspect of personalising the celebration of the life of a loved one. We can arrange for an organist, soloist, Highland Piper, Bugler, cellist in fact whatever choice of music is preferred by your loved one, it is a special way of remembering them and celebrating their life.
Wesley Music has a huge range of licensed music from modern hits to old classics. We can prepare the music in advance and have it ready to play at the appropriate time during the service. Please click here to see Wesley Music's website
Please click here to download a top ten list of Hymns, Classical Music and Pop Music.
You can release a dove in memory of a loved one at a funeral.
"To watch the doves fly out of sight captured a special and lasting memory."
Balloon release is also available.
Jo Donlevy is a Civil Funeral Celebrant - she began working with bereaved families whilst a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at the Bury St Edmunds Register Office where she was employed for 12 years.
Having lost her own mother in her teens, Jo had some understanding of the pain and grief of loss and wanted to draw on that experience to help others. In 2004, Jo trained as a funeral celebrant with Civil Funerals and initially conducted funerals as one of a range of ceremonies offered by Suffolk County Council. Two years later she decided to leave her job and become an independent celebrant, travelling across the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge and Essex helping many families to prepare unique ceremonies to reflect the life of their loved one.
She meets with families, usually in their own home, spending time discussing exactly how they would like to say goodbye to the person they have lost. She listens as they share their memories, enabling her to write a personal tribute to them so that their life-story will become the centrepiece of the ceremony. She helps families work out what music they would like to have played and whether they would like to include any readings, poetry, hymns or prayers. If families decide that they would like to write their own tributes, Jo will help them to do so and will support them in reading them, or read them on their behalf.
She conducts the ceremony in a dignified and sensitive manner and afterwards, she sends a commemorative copy to the family. Jo is a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals and, as such, is continually assessed and monitored, ensuring that her ceremonies maintain a very high standard.