True Harmony Celebrants
Funerals & memorials
Supporting and working with families and loved ones
Grief is usually confusing and exhausting, and at a time when they are overwhelmed by the death of a loved one, bereaved families are faced with so many decisions and arrangements – including what kind of funeral to have.
Historically, grieving families were faced with two choices – a Clergy-led or Humanist-led funeral. But there is a third type – a Celebrant-led funeral. As an Independent Celebrant, I can help you to say goodbye with a non-religious Ceremony if you wish, or the service can include elements of religion or spirituality, to fit with your own beliefs. You may, for instance, want to include a Prayer, or to express your belief that your loved one’s spirit lives on. You have the choice.
I believe one of the most important aspects of being a Funeral Celebrant is supporting and working with the loved ones and friends of the deceased. Most people dread funerals – but I will try to make it a little easier to bear. I will visit you in your own home or another venue of your choice, and I will spend as much time with you as you need, to help you to share your memories and the life story of your loved one. I will then write a bespoke funeral service, and will check it with you to make sure I have correctly captured the essence of the person you have lost, and will make any required amendments. You can choose poems, readings, prayers and music – and I can help you with those choices if you don’t know where to start.
On the day of the funeral, I will meet you at the chosen Crematorium, Cemetery or Burial Ground, and will deliver a service which respectfully tells the story of your loved one, and your memories of their life, and sends them on their way in the manner you choose. And I will support you on that very important day.
I can work with your chosen Funeral Director, if you wish, or I can guide you towards a Funeral Director suitable for your needs if you don’t know who to talk to.
Memorials and scattering of ashes
Sometimes, a small family funeral is preferred, followed by a Memorial Service for friends, neighbours and colleagues who want to say goodbye. I can help you with both services, and I can also assist you later with an Ashes-Scattering Ceremony, if required.
Stillbirth and miscarriage
Having suffered both stillbirth and miscarriage myself, I can empathise with parents who are saying goodbye to a much-loved baby. All funerals are sad, but most are also a celebration of life – a recollection of memories of the deceased. Everyone knows that Stillbirth and Miscarriage are traumatic, painful events, but most don’t understand the relationship that parents have with those babies, and the fact that their sorrow is as real and valid as the grief we experience with any death. I have officiated at many such funerals, and I also had an article entitled “Born without Breath” published in The Celebrant Magazine, to try and help other Celebrants to understand how complex it is to craft a fitting farewell to these babies. So if you are in the awful position of having to organise a funeral for your baby who didn’t have a chance to live out their time on Earth, call me and I will help you to say goodbye.
As a Member of the Association of Independent Celebrants, my clients are entitled to free emotional support and counselling via GriefChat. This telephone service is available between 9 am and 9pm, Monday to Friday, and the counselling is provided by a specialist organisation, offering confidential and impartial advice. Any clients who wish to obtain help from this service should contact me.
I would rate True Harmony Celebrants 5*. We have amazing, love filled memories because of you; you’re caring and you worked perfectly with our needs and requests. Wouldn’t have been the same without you.
Glynis was amazing for our vow renewal, from the very start she was so friendly and professional, she made sure that she took the time to know a lot of information about us as a family to make our ceremony so much more personal to us! It was a beautiful ceremony.
That was exactly the send off I wanted for mum – it was perfect. You really listened when you came to meet us, and included all of our tales in the eulogy in a beautiful story .Your delivery is excellent and everyone said what a lovely service it was. Thank you so much.
Glynis, thank you for everything you did for my mother’s funeral. We thought the service was perfect from start to finish and people said it was what they would choose for themselves. You helped us through a very difficult time. Thanks again from me and Pauline.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – it was so special having you at the helm.
Glynis – what can I say but a huge thank you for making dad’s send off so special… you said everything we all thought in such a beautiful way ….I can’t say just how much you were appreciated by the whole family x
Where do I even start…. I can honestly say I have had a one in a kind wedding ceremony. My family and friends all commented about how gorgeous, personalised and amazing our wedding ceremony was compared to any other they had seen. The wedding ceremony is the most important part of the day and we could not have achieved any of that without you.
We feel that we had a connection with you from our first meeting. You even dressed the part and blended into our wedding colour scheme perfectly (yes I definitely noticed that lovely touch). We honestly could not thank you enough. We will recommend you till the cows come home. Thank you xx