Funeral Ceremonies

by Emma Dunleavy-Dale, Independent Celebrant in Birmingham

Funeral Ceremonies 

My training with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (FPC) and my interest in death as a part of the natural end to the cycle of life, means I am equipped to help you celebrate the life of the person you have lost.

 My Membership with the FPC also gives me Associate Membership to the National Association of Funeral Directors and SAIF (Society of Allied Independent Funeral Directors). I am a member too of The Good Funeral Guide, and also enjoy being part of and co-facilitating Death Café sessions with a fellow colleague. All of which enables me to support you with a general understanding of what you can expect leading up to the funeral; but of the Ceremony itself in particular.

Whether in a more traditional venue, such as a crematorium; a woodland burial; a less traditional, pub, club or other; I can support you in ensuring we find the right words to ensure your loved one is celebrated in the most fitting of ways, reflective of their character and personality.

Acknowledging the need to be respectful, even joyful, but no less mindful that the Ceremony is a pivotal moment where family and friends can unite to mourn, grieve and recollect together is essential.

An Independent Ceremony allows time and space where this may not traditionally be possible, to include readings, songs, music, blessings, speeches, prayers, rituals, decorating coffins/caskets/shrouds. Indeed, anything that feels right for those remembering the person loved, but now gone, and which should be included in the Funeral Ceremony.

Most importantly knowing there isn’t a right or wrong way to hold a Ceremony; simply a more traditional or a less conventional way, and that any of these possibilities is perfectly okay as long as it is by the right means for you and your loved one is fundamental in supporting the on-going grieving process. When planned and delivered well it can also serve to aid the healing process too.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch and discuss your loved one’s Ceremony in more detail as it is always a privilege to meet, to learn about the person you have lost, and ensure the perfect Ceremony celebrating life is crafted and led in their honour.

Let's celebrate the life of your loved one.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to check my availability for your date. Let’s tell their story.

Happy Customers! 


We have had such lovely comments from friends and family about the service. Thank you for leading the ceremony. You did Dad proud. It meant a lot.

The whole process has been excellent and made the most difficult period of mine and my family’s life seem effortless. From start to finish you have been a huge support to my Mum and together we built the most perfect service that went without a hitch on the day.

Thank you for all you did to make my Wife’s farewell so special. It was just what she deserved.

Just wanted to say how well today went and how you did an amazing job giving Mom the send-off she deserved. Thank you so much for everything you did. 


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