We know that when you are faced with organising a Life Celebration you face a multitude of choices. Choices that, in everyday life, you will not have to make. At Blue Sky Celebrants we would like to help you make some of those choices a little easier. No, we can’t help with the choice of dress, godparents or which funeral director to use (Although on our ‘useful links’ page there are some suggestions which we cannot endorse but can signpost you to). However, when it comes to deciding what content you would like in the ceremony or celebration we really can help you. We work with you to design bespoke ceremonies to celebrate, well, anything really. Would you like to include a ‘sand ceremony’ in your wedding celebration or to mark the blending of a new family? Would you like to ‘jump the broom’ or light a unity candle. Perhaps you would like a ‘rose ceremony’ to celebrate the passing of a loved one. Maybe put together some vows for a naming ceremony or celebrate an adoption. All of these things are ‘rites of passage’ where we, as humanity, move from one thing to another. These can be super-stressful moments that will have a lasting impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Marking these changes with a ceremony or celebration helps with the changes we face. Gives us a moment in time to look back on. Gives us vows or promises made that can shore up difficult times. Reminds us of the love that surrounds us through our family and friends, our values and our beliefs.
If you had the opportunity to read my CV you would see that I have been officiating at funerals for the past 21 years and have great experience of dealing with families and individuals in grief. I have also worked in the funeral industry as a funeral arranger, assistant, driver and bearer. My career in the Police Service gave me experience of dealing with HM Coroner’s Office, sudden and unexpected death, the deaths of children and young people and contact with families in extremely traumatic situations.
I know that, as funeral arrangers you need to have access to celebrants who will be available to take on funerals in a consistent and regular way. I know you would rather speak to a person than a voicemail system! The majority of my years as a funeral celebrant have been as a result of my church roles and connections. Having retired from those roles I would like to offer my services to you as an Independent Celebrant, happy to arrange life celebrations and services from a religious perspective or a non-religious one. I know that many families would like to have a mixture of both in their service. Clearly, I cannot officiate at a church funeral where you will need to contact the minister in charge.
Through my experience of working in busy urban and suburban cities and towns the majority of funerals I’ve been involved with have been at the local Crematorium and occasionally Cemetery burials. I therefore know the importance of designing a service or celebration that will fit into the time allotted without the unnecessary stress on other families and funeral directors caused by going over time.
It is vitally important that the service or celebration reflects the wishes of the family and is of a very high quality. This is important pastorally for the families involved, also for your business as the service you offer to clients will be of an equally high standard. Excellent Customer Service from me is vital for both the family and you as my clients.
I hope you feel that you can use me to support your business in this way. I believe I charge very reasonable fees which I am happy to discuss on an individual basis.
Thank you for taking the time to read this note.
Andy Sewell – Blue Sky Celebrants