This is not intended to be a comprehensive list – just some people and organizations that I work with. I intend to add to this and develop the section in 2020.

Funeral Directors

I mainly work with the Co-op Funeral Care in Dundee, Perth and Cupar. The Co-op is one of the biggest funeral directors in the country with branches in most towns and with staff who are all highly professional and friendly.

But there are also independent and family based companies such as Steven Stewart Funeral Directors of Cupar in Fife. I recently interviewed Steven and you can read more about him and his business here.

I also work with James Carcary Funeral Directors in Perth. “Since being established in 1996, our small bespoke family run business has grown from strength to strength, ensuring that all families are given personal attention from James and Kathleen Carcary, hence, we have developed an outstanding reputation within the local community, for offering a caring funeral service for all faiths as well as non religious funeral services.”

And I have recently interviewed Graham Millar of the Millar Family Funeral Directors in Dundee. They really are a family business and their aim is to be “our family caring for yours…” at what is always a difficult time.

I also work for James Ashton & Son – Dundee (and for Macgregors in St Andrews – which is part of the Ashtons group); Sturrock, Comb & Davidson, Dundee and Broughty Ferry; Robert Samson, Broughty Ferry.

Natural Burial Grounds

More and more people are seeking alternatives to the traditional cemetery or crematorium service and CairnBrae is a magical place just outside Dundee that offers a chance for a more memorable and reflective end-of-life ritual in a natural setting.

Live music

Pipers: Glen Kelly, Dundee, and I are looking at how we could use bagpipe music in online ceremonies using video clips of favourite tunes.

Other celebrants

As a result of the recent coronavirus crisis, I have been working with a loose network of local celebrants in Dundee, Fife and Perth. Cate Reid, and Angela Maughan. Just as a way of sharing ideas on how to respond to the challenge and also provide backup and support to each other. I also have contacts with celebrants in England.

Slowly I’m building up a “Celebrant Showcase” – a series of interviews of celebrants , some on video, to give an opportunity to other celebrants to talk about their particular style and approach to the work.