Please note that I am currently taking a sabbatical and the following is for information only...
At the heart of my work as a British Humanist Association (BHA) trained funeral celebrant was the desire to create, with the family, a funeral ceremony which was a memorable, dignified, fitting and sensitive reflection of the deceased.
I graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA (Hons). Throughout my professional life my work has focused on helping and supporting people; for a number of years as a personal financial advisor; as Head of Commercial Partnerships for a national charity; and latterly working at the University of London with students and employers around employability issues.
I am also a BACP qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Counselling from the University of Southampton; this particular work, together with my own wide life-experience has taught me to be non-judgmental, empathic and discreet.
My career path has equipped me with the practical, organisational and emotional skills needed to enable me to effectively and sensitively take charge of proceedings both in the lead up to the funeral and on the day itself - providing a calm, reassuring and capable presence.
I now live in Hastings but whilst practising as a Celebrant I lived in West London and worked most often in Greater London and the Home Counties. I also conducted funeral ceremonies further afield.
In line with the BHA-agreed fee structure, my fee was £180. This included all associated preparation, materials and work in the lead up to and on the actual day of the funeral, as well as normal travel and expenses. In exceptional circumstances where unusual travel or expenses were likely to be incurred by me, this was discussed and agreed with each client on an individual basis.
As a BHA celebrant I contributed a percentage of each ceremony fee received as a levy towards celebrants’ training and quality standards and to the promotion and development of the BHA’s Humanist Ceremonies network.