Funeral services

Celebrant-led funerals

Funerals don’t need to be depressing and impersonal.

A celebrant-led funeral can be a beautiful, personal and joyful celebration of a life lived. Rather than focusing on the end of life. They can be filled with colour, laughter and storytelling, whatever the circumstances

Funerals can be a safe space to enable the healing process to begin. To be surrounded by love, support and safety at a time when it is needed the most.

Funerals can ‘bring them into the room one last time’ and give them one last round of applause!

When someone has died…

Are you feeling like this?

A gathering of people looking to the front. Jess May Funeral Celebrant is at the front.

Are you dreading organising or attending the funeral because you think all funerals are depressing?

coffin decorating, brightly coloured designs on a white coffin

Do you want to avoid ‘The Crem, irrelevant traditions and the formality of funerals and expectations?

A central flower arrangement with pinks and blues.

Are you concerned about someone you love being misrepresented?

Imagine feeling like this…

Three people smiling warmly and looking on at a ceremony.

What if the ceremony could be joyful whilst still acknowledging your sadness?

A curved formation of chairs around a coffin with votive candles in niches in the walls.

Imagine if you could have a relaxed ceremony in an ancient barn, a woodland or even a pub!

Two people hugging. both are wearing yellow. One has a face to the camera and is a person of colour with a yellow headband.

Picture yourself hearing everyone saying ‘it was sooo them!’, they would have LOVED it!

CLIENT FEEDBACK

“Jess did this by knowing how to really listen and taking the time to get to know Joe…

“I must have spent hours looking for a celebrant for Joe’s Celebration of Life. He died young and we were so devastated. We needed someone who could appreciate and celebrate Joe’s fairly wild lifestyle, and in keeping with Joe’s life be completely inclusive, not only of his straightlaced family but also his diverse group of friends of all faiths and none… Jess came highly recommended by a natural funeral director… and she did not disappoint. Her beautiful, colourful style but serious and profound appreciation of the sacred work she is doing, led to her creating the kind of, inclusive, beautiful and utterly bespoke ceremony I thought could only be possible in my wildest dreams. There was a lot of gratitude afterwards from people attending that Joe had been respected and celebrated in keeping with who he was… Jess did this by knowing how to really listen and by taking the time to get to know Joe well through our stories, photos, videoclips and long supportive phonecalls where I got to talk about Joe and his death to someone who knows how to really be there… I wish we hadn’t needed to have this ceremony, we miss you Joe!… but Jess made it that much easier and helped us give Joe the kind of send off he would have enjoyed: Family and friends, loud reggae, Rumi, live folk music, procession and all!!..Thank you Jess.”

– Amanda –

 

Funeral Ceremony Service

Jess May, Funeral Celebrant on the phone with rainbow coloured hai in front of the Brighton Pavillion

BEFORE: Discovery call 1 hrs online or telephone

  • A discovery call to see if we are a good fit.
  • Either in person or online/telephone.
  • I can answer any questions you have.
  • I will share some examples and ideas from previous funerals I have delivered.
Two cups of tea and cinnamon buns in a beautiful light with a cactus

BEFORE: Listening session 2-3 hrs in person

  • A listening session to determine your needs
  • A ‘story telling’ Questionnaire about their life
  • We will create an outline of the person’s life.
  • We will consider who is to be involved.
  • Work out what you want and need.
  • Answer your questions about anything you need to know.
  • Design an outline for the Funeral Service
  • Make sure that it is tailored to your circumstances, bespoke and personalised.
  • Jess takes away all of the pressure and stress and offers emotional support.
packaged Keepsake copy of a script with a turquoise ribbon in a bow and thistles behind it on a table outdoors

ON THE DAY: Funeral service

  • Jess arrives and meets everyone beforehand.
  • Jess liaises with all involved to enable a smooth event.
  • Jess facilitates and leads on the day of the ceremony.

 

AFTER: Presentation copy

A printed copy of your ceremony Funeral Service and Eulogy. A catch-up support call at a time of your choosing. Find out more about my Keepsake Story service.

More Client Love

“Helped us give Joe the send off he would have enjoyed…

“We miss you Joe!… but Jess made it that much easier and helped us give Joe the kind of send off he would have enjoyed: Family and friends, loud reggae, Rumi, live folk music, procession and all!!..Thank you Jess”

Amanda

“Made a sad, difficult time a bit easier…

Jess was kind, intelligent, compassionate and interested in our family. She was very supportive and caring and really made a sad, difficult time a bit easier. Very grateful to her.

Nancy

“Jess was the best celebrant…

Jess was the best celebrant – funerals are never fun, but Jess enabled a joyous celebration of a life very well lived and very much loved – thank you.

Fiona

My mission

Funerals are going out of fashion but telling our stories is as relevant as ever.

I see a need to be a realist and embrace change but also to replace what is left behind with something new.

I am on a mission to make sure that whether you choose not to have a funeral ceremony, want a DIY Funeral Ceremony or a Memorial with ashes that you get what you need, rather than nothing at all.

I have witnessed the transformative power that the process of telling our life and death stories has in helping us to heal. I know that surrounding yourself with your people will lessen your pain.

I know that we need to find new ways of celebrating life and acknowledging loss.

I am a  highly experienced, extremely skilled facilitator who can empathise, listen sensitively and enable you to navigate a difficult time in your lives and grief as a group.

That is what I am here for….

Jess May, Funeral Celebrant on the phone with rainbow coloured hai in front of the Brighton Pavillion

Hello, I’m Jess

Funeral Celebrant

Contact me to discuss a funeral you are arranging

Further reading

Family-led funerals

Two white men hugging. One is facing the camera and his eyes are filled with tears.

No-fuss funerals

A curved formation of chairs around a coffin with votive candles in niches in the walls.

Direct cremations

6 shining brass singing bowls for a gong bath a person is out of view cross legged playing themm