Mary Hopes  

                     Accredited Civil Funeral Celebrant




'Professional, reliable,


....your beliefs, your wishes, your choice....

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       If you could stand in someone else's shoes,

       Hear what they hear,

       Feel what they feel,

       See what they see,

       Would you treat them differently?

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Thank you for visiting this site. My name is Mary Hopes and I am a professionally trained, accredited funeral celebrant and a full member of the Institute of Civil Funerals.


Creating and delivering high quality, personal funeral and memorial services, as well as ceremonies for the scattering of ashes, I assist you to build the secular and semi religious services that YOU want.


I hold the national qualification Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (QCF). My skills and suitability for all aspects of this work have been very rigorously assessed.


Being in public service for over thirty years, I often witnessed the trauma and heartbreak brought about by death, whether expected or sudden. I spent some time working as a Coroner's Officer and met many good, kind people from all walks of life who were affected by unnatural and unexplained death. To help a person, especially when they are at their most vulnerable through bereavement, is a privilege.


I haven't reached my fifties without experiencing, first hand, the wrench of the loss of loved ones. I have lost a child, both parents and many friends and colleagues, so my compassion is laced with understanding, though recognising and respecting that each one of us is so very different.


I hope that my training and qualification - along with my life experience and Institute membership - gives you the confidence to consider entrusting a funeral ceremony to my leadership.