Losing a loved one can be an exceptionally traumatic time, without even thinking about the next steps of saying goodbye surrounded by friends and family. Grief is one of the hardest emotions to deal with, and everyone copes differently. Whether you require help planning a funeral ceremony from scratch, or your loved one left their wishes to be followed out, I can help you navigate this tough time.
My aim is to help you celebrate the life of your loved one, in a compassionate way that truly reflects their personality. They have made an impact on your life, let me help show the rest of the world just how great a person they truly were. It’s a time to collect the memories of those around you, giving you all the chance to cherish the times you had and share these together.
A celebrant led funeral gives you the chance to give your loved one the very best send-off that is unique to them. The process begins with me meeting you and your family, usually in your home, allowing me to truly capture the character and personality of your loved one, so that we can bring this into the ceremony itself.
Gathering information from their life achievements, interests and journey, we can give all family members and friends the chance to reflect upon their happy memories and even add a little humour if that’s appropriate. Family members are welcome to carry out readings or prayers, and I can make suggestions for content that allows them to contribute and send off the deceased in a way that is special and memorable.
"Stuart is one of the nicest people you could meet. From the moment we met him we knew he would be the exactly the right celebrant to write the ceremony for our vow renewal. He is down to earth has a real sense of humour and empathy. The personalised service he wrote for us was perfect it was as if he had known us and our family and friends for years. He was passionate about achieving what was right for us and made our special amazing day and often emotional perfect. We thank you, Stuart."
"My heartfelt thanks to you, Stuart. When nan died in March during the lock-down period, we were – as a family – obviously worried about the implications for her funeral. Fortunately for us, your services were highly recommended and you delivered a truly memorable, emotional service for us. From the initial consultation phone call up until the moment we left nan for the last time, you struck the right tone to fit in with the family mood – more celebration of a life than sorrow of a death. You were really kind throughout, checking in on us and making sure we were all okay. Thank you for really delivering the messages we wanted in an incredibly tricky situation. I would have no qualms at all about passing on your details to anyone in need of a Celebrant, albeit hopefully for a slightly more cheerful reason next time!"
"I would like to thank you on behalf of my family and friends for conducting such a wonderful celebration for my husband Dave on Friday. You played an essential role in bringing all the different elements of the service together and delivered the eulogy with real feeling. Some people thought you were a family friend! The celebration surpassed our expectations and was a moving and uplifting occasion which we shall remember for a long time. Thank you for your compassion, warmth and professionalism."
"I'd just like to thank you for the eulogy, the day turned out better than I thought. The weather was sunny and warm and it was nice to have family around. The family thought that you did an excellent job with delivering mums eulogy, so I'd like to thank you once again for making a difficult day into a good day."
"The service we received from Stuart Kenrick was first class. At a time when we, as a family, were at our lowest ebb, Stuart got us through. Nothing was too much trouble and he sent our family the service eulogy as a memento of the day. He was our family voice when we couldn’t say the words, through our grief. Stuart does his job as a Celebrant, with dignity and care."