Funerals & Memorials

Funerals are changing …

… and I am passionate about allowing people to celebrate the life of their loved one in whatever way they feel is right.  In my time as a celebrant, I have led funerals containing everything from Monty Python to Mozart (and just about any other kind of music you can imagine) and with dress codes ranging from ‘bright colours’ and ‘something purple’ to the traditional black.  My only rule is that you should get to say goodbye in whatever way is right for you, so that you know you have done true justice to the personality and memory of the person you have lost.  

There are very few restrictions around the location, content, format or style of a funeral.  The physical cremation or burial can only happen in certain places, but there are no rules saying you must have the funeral/celebration of life at the same time or place; about what kind of music, readings or other kinds of tribute you can include nor about what to do, say or wear.

Another development driving the separation of the ceremonial from the practical aspect of a funeral is the increasing popularity of ‘direct cremation’, which is now chosen by a significant number of people.  Of course, there are good reasons for this (cost being a significant one), but what the TV adverts don’t mention is that funerals are – in reality – more important for the living, than for the dead.  Many families will feel they still want/need some kind of event to celebrate the life of the person they have lost, so they can mark their loss in a concrete way and feel able to move forward with their grief and their lives.

Sarah did an amazing job from start to finish and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.
Sarah was so thorough in her preparation for the day, sensitive to our wishes/requirements and not to mention super professional on the day ensuring everything went according to plan.
Everyone that attended said it was one of the nicest funerals and ‘send offs’ they had been to. 

Rob A. (Feb. 2024)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

Jane was confident that Sarah would represent her well. She was right. The result was a funeral that was full of warmth, humour, sadness and love. I received so much feedback on how lovely it was, what an incredible job Sarah did, and how her delivery, warmth, and naturalness made it very special.

Lucy M (Nov 2023)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

What  can I say about this wonderful lady!! From the first day you came to our home to put together the celebration of my husband’s life … talking and listening for many hours, guiding us along the way. It helped that you shared his wittiness.
Your professionalism kindness and good humour, always at the end of the phone or an email … the day was absolutely perfect … I will always be truly grateful to you.

Christine P (Oct 2023)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

Sarah was wonderful. She was understanding and kind when we had emotional moments soon after my Dad’s death, and guided us through the process of bringing a funeral together. She also made some lovely suggestions we never would have thought of, which ended up being incorporated into the service.

Her words were poignant and lovely, everyone said afterwards how wonderful it was. Full of humour and completely in keeping with the spirit of what Dad would have wanted. Without her input it would have been difficult to know where to begin, and I’m very grateful she was there at a hard time.

Sophie P (Sept 2023)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

It’s rare to meet someone whose passion is to give a loved one a final send off! Sarah exceeded my expectations and then some. Her ability to listen, interpret and understand a person whom she’s never met is simply amazing.

All I can say is a huge thank you for your guidance and especially your patience and sensitivity x

Nick R (June 2023)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

To say that we were pleased with the work that Sarah did for us, is to under-estimate exactly what she achieved. For a start she was meticulous with her research, liaising skilfully with each party involved, and was not in the least perturbed by the amount of material she had to fit into the Crematorium’s timescale. She managed to weave the information that we gave her in such a way as to give a totally true picture of my late husband’s life, capturing the very essence of his personality and sense of humour. This meant that people were enthralled from the minute that she took us on “the journey” , as she embroidered his life achievements on a blank canvas which gave us a clear picture of the man he was. We thank Sarah for all her hard work which helped to make the day memorable for all of us.

Sandra J (Oct 2022)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

Sarah Hall was the perfect Celebrant for my father’s funeral. We’ve had so many comments about how she captured Dad’s essence completely. We cannot thank her enough for all her diligent preparation and sensitive guidance throughout, culminating in what was a fabulous celebration of his life.

Sophie H (May 2022)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

Sarah gave us the time and space to collect our greatest memories and she was able to convey the true person we were celebrating. People have told us that felt it was a genuine representation of the man our dad was, genuine and lovely.

She supported us with ordering our celebration and worked with our funeral director. Although we will miss dad and losing him leaves a great hole in our lives, thanks to Sarah’s style and warmth we can truly say, his service was a celebration of his life and provided comfort rather than sadness

Paula B (Nov 2022)

Service Type: Funerals & Memorials

You only get one chance …

When my Dad died, it was the most important thing in the world to me, to give him the kind of funeral he deserved.  I wanted to celebrate the man he was and what he meant to us and to everyone who had known him.  Our immediate family went with the funeral director to say goodbye at the crematorium; then we returned to Lewes where everyone gathered for the funeral/memorial service.  (Dad wanted it that way round; as he put it: ‘you don’t need a coffin cluttering up the place’ at the funeral!)  We had tributes from people associated with the many different aspects of his life and lots of his favourite music, including two live singers and a wonderful trumpeter!  Of course, we were desperately sad, but that hour contained far more happy memories and laughter than tears, which is exactly as he would have wanted it.

I will always be proud that many people said it was the ‘best funeral’ they had ever attended and I simply can’t imagine having let Dad go without celebrating his life in that way.  The send-off we give to someone is a vital part of the grieving and healing process and I believe that our memory of that final event should be just as precious and positive as the memories of their life.

My Fee

From £250 (depending upon complexity, location & time commitment).  

I prefer direct payment for direct bookings, but if I am booked via a Funeral Director, my fee can be included in their final invoice.

As a minimum, this includes:

Please note that there is no charge for the funeral of a baby or child.

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I would love to help start creating something really special for you. 

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