Lesley Mary Close

Coronavirus – important information regarding funerals

Government guidelines ban meetings between people from different households. That makes it impossible to have a face-to-face meeting to discuss the funeral you need to arrange. More importantly those same guidelines are being applied by the vast majority of crematoria and burial grounds, meaning that only a few mourners are currently allowed to attend the funeral ceremony.

To overcome both difficulties, we can talk on the phone and make arrangements for a short but meaningful initial funeral ceremony to be attended by close family members only. When the crisis has passed, we can meet in person to create a longer memorial ceremony which everyone can attend, wider family members as well as friends, neighbours, work colleagues and everyone else who knew and loved the person whose initial funeral took place while the restrictions were in force.

If the second ceremony is a formal interment or scattering of ashes, it can take place in a crematorium garden or a burial ground, a private garden or a favourite place. Alternatively it can be a more informal gathering, celebrating the life of the person at a ceremony taking place indoors at home, in a village hall or pub, or outdoors in a place which is significant to you and your loved one.

Naturally there is no extra charge for this enhanced provision, and it would be my honour and privilege to help you create a ceremony in the near future to mourn the death of someone you love and, later, a second ceremony to celebrate their life.

Your choice

 

If you would like to arrange a burial, cremation, memorial or interment of ashes, please contact me to find out how we can create the perfect ceremony together. If you want to arrange your own funeral ceremony, whether or not you know you will need it soon, I would be  honoured to help you.

In contrast to the fixed format of a traditional religious service, the funeral ceremony we create together for your much-missed loved one can include or omit whatever you feel is appropriate.

Natural or woodland burials are a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone you love. I would be pleased to use my experience of these ceremonies, with their more relaxed structure, to help you arrange a personal and less time-critical funeral.

Working together

 

I am a funeral celebrant who creates and delivers bespoke and meaningful ceremonies. I will work alongside you, with courtesy, care and compassion, as we create a unique ceremony which reflects your wishes and beliefs.

By working closely, you and I will produce a personalised funeral ceremony which both mourns your loved one’s death and celebrates their life.

I’ll send you my suggestions for the ceremony then gladly and promptly make whatever changes you need. The eulogy can be written and delivered by me or by a family member or friend, or we can share the honour of writing and reading.

However much of the work you assign to me, you will always be in control of the process of creating a unique, personal and honest funeral.

A family-led funeral

 

I work mainly in West London, The Chilterns and the Vale of Aylesbury, although I have worked much further afield, including Dorset and North  Yorkshire.

Wherever the ceremony takes place, I always look for the best way to create a tribute which brings harmony between the deceased, their family and the environment.

Together you and I will create and deliver a funeral ceremony which will bring you comfort and honour your loved one’s memory while enabling you to say a meaningful goodbye to them.

Family members of all ages are welcome to take part in the ceremony, perhaps by reading a poem or tribute they have written or by performing a piece of music.

I am a funeral celebrant who creates and delivers bespoke and meaningful ceremonies. I will work alongside you, with courtesy, care and compassion, as we create a unique ceremony which reflects your wishes and beliefs. 

If you would like to arrange a burial, cremation, memorial or interment of ashes, please contact me to find out how we can create the perfect ceremony together. If you want to arrange your own funeral, whether or not you know you will need it soon, I would be honoured to help you.

Natural or woodland burials are a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone you love. I would be pleased to use my experience of these ceremonies, with their more relaxed structure, to help you arrange a personal and less time-critical funeral.

Wherever the ceremony takes place, I always look for the best way to create a tribute which brings harmony between the deceased, their family and the environment. 

I mainly work in West London, The Chilterns and The Vale of Aylesbury although I have worked much further afield, including Dorset and North Yorkshire.

Contact me

You can ring me at home on 01494 581388 
or on my mobile number 07950 638849

Click here to send me an email

However you choose to get in touch,
I’ll be honoured to hear from you

 

Mavis

"We would all like to thank you for taking the service in a very special way. We felt that it was indeed a celebration of his life. You have a beautiful voice which several people commented on."

Karen

“I want to thank you so much for the ceremony you conducted. It was beautiful, so moving. You got mum down to a T. I could hear giggles from everyone, just what mum wanted."

Richard, Debbie and Maisy

“I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for our family at the recent funeral of our dear mother. After the service we had so many comments on what a beautiful service it was and I think a large part of that was down to you and the way you presented the celebration of her life. Many people also commented on how you sounded as though you'd known her all her life and I think that is testament to your professionalism and caring demeanour so I can only thank you for making what was an extremely difficult time for all of us a little easier to bear."

About me

My wide-ranging life experience enables me to bring a variety of soft- and vocational-skills to the deeply fulfilling role of funeral celebrant. I am a good listener, an accurate note-taker, an accomplished writer, a confident public speaker and a tuneful singer.

My one-to-one training was provided by The UK Society of Celebrants and I am a member of The Good Funeral Guild.

UK Society of Celebrants

Good Funeral Guild Member