Mary Hopes  

                     Accredited Civil Funeral Celebrant




'Professional, reliable,


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

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In the majority of occasions, your funeral director will make contact with me once your loved one's funeral time and date has been agreed. I will call you as soon as possible to arrange a convenient time to meet with you so that we can build a truly personal funeral service that is exactly as you would wish it to be.


I have an extensive selection of appropriate poetry, readings, prayers  and hymns and together we can create a very special ceremony. I estimate that my initial visit to the family will take 1-2 hours.


You will be in control at all times and the content will be checked thoroughly with you for accuracy and tone. We will stay in touch right through until the day of the service so that adjustments can be made.


After the service, if you wish, I will give you a beautiful presentation copy of the ceremony wording for you to keep and perhaps share with those who were unable to attend the service (I know of several that have been posted on Facebook walls!).




A civil funeral reflects the beliefs and wishes of the deceased and their family, rather than the ideals of the person conducting the ceremony. This approach makes a civil funeral different to either a humanist service, which is devoid of religious content, or the completely religious offering from the clergy.


This type of funeral service can be held almost anywhere and, accepting that we are demanding more choice in saying goodbye, is becoming very popular. Whether it is held in a crematorium, a woodland burial site or another venue, a ceremony can include a hymn or prayer (some like a little religion on these occasions) to accompany a highly personal tribute. Add some favourite music - how about doves, a bagpiper, balloons, for example?  It's up to you entirely.


A unique ceremony for a unique person.


The views and convictions of the civil funeral celebrant do not preclude any particular content from the ceremony.          




'Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them'


George Eliot

What is a Civil Funeral?