Mary Hopes  

                     Accredited Civil Funeral Celebrant




'Professional, reliable,


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


What is a Civil Funeral?

'Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.



No one wants to die. Even the people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.'


Steve Jobs

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I will also assist anyone to prepare for their own funeral or memorial service, however far into the future that may be.


There may be favourite pieces of music that you would like played. Are there aspects of your life that you would like to make sure were faithfully set down?  Perhaps there are prayers and words of comfort for your loved ones. Tell your story in your own words, maybe even have an audio recording of your voice played at your funeral.


I can work alongside you to create the secular or semi religious service that you desire, possibly alongside any arrangements you are making for a pre-paid funeral plan. We can create the service and then I will supply you with a copy for safekeeping as I may not be available to conduct the service when the time comes.


I have seen bereaved men and women weeping in frustration as they hunt desperately for some clue to the deceased's wishes for the impending funeral - and the misery when they fail to find that clue.


This simple process, taking just a few hours of your time, would assist your loved ones by telling them your wishes absolutely, instead of them having to guess and hope.


You may also find that you rest a little easier afterwards, knowing that your affairs, in this regard at least, are in order.


Just like making a will.