It’s never easy to have to deal with the planning of a funeral. Let’s face it – it’s not something that we want to talk about when we are alive, so those of us left behind are in something of a predicament – just how do we do justice to the celebration of a life? Here you can find out in detail about how I work with families to make sure every aspect of the ceremony is attended to with love, compassion, consideration and care.
Pre-planning your Funeral
So often, we are prompted to make practical arrangements for the inevitable day—buying funeral plans, and the like. Whilst these are important arrangements to put in place, should you wish to, it doesn’t focus on you and your life; it’s more concerned with material things, the logistics and how the day will run.
Silverlode Celebrants, offers an exceptional personal service. We’ll meet with you before you reach the stage when you’re no longer able to communicate your wishes, and work with you at your pace to ensure that the actual ceremony is going to be exactly what you want. Few will remember the colour of the hearse, or the shape of the handles on the coffin – but they will hold in their hearts forever a fittingly-created ceremony, full of your personality and delivered with sensitivity and love—your last big bash!
End of Life Doula
Perhaps you’ve heard of a doula in the context of pregnancy, birth and the early weeks with a new baby. So, what’s an End of Life doula? —a professional person, like me, who undertakes the emotional support of someone who is nearing the end of their life, most commonly in a palliative care scenario. My role, carried out with infinite care and compassion, is primarily one of listening, supporting and providing empathy.
Support: As a conscientious doula, I’ve built up a good local network of professional bodies, such as lawyers, hospice services, and community groups who support people with specific needs. I’d be more than happy to point you in their direction should you require additional support.
Contracts: Each contract is individually created with you in mind. If requested—and it very often is—the support I provide can extend to your family as well, with one person nominated as my primary contact. This additional care may, if agreed, continue for your family after your death giving you peace of mind, knowing that there’s someone there to help them through the sad times of the grieving process.
I’m more than happy to discuss your wishes and needs with you, or those of a loved one, at any time.
Please note: It is NOT the role of the doula to provide any form of medical care or act in an advisory capacity.
As a celebrant, I am very fortunate to be able to assist folks celebrating different milestones in their lives—naming ceremonies, weddings, anniversaries, renewal of vows and other special occasions.