“Calm, caring professionalism”

michael hannah celebrant conducting a service at brewsterwells crematorium with sarah lawson BSL interpreter
Michael conducting a funeral at Brewsterwells with Sarah Lawson, BSL Interpreter

I’m happy to talk at any time and without commitment about what the role of the celebrant can be and whether you even need a celebrant. You may simply wish me to help you write a eulogy.

I conduct funerals, memorials, celebrations of life, interment of ashes. I am very open to working with you on natural funerals, green funerals, even home funerals and vigils, and can offer advice or point you in the right direction for information and support.

If you decide to work with me, I arrange a meeting – in person if that’s possible or by phone or video.

At that meeting, my job is to put you at ease and to listen as you share stories and memories.

We will also talk about the sort of ceremony you want to see. I can conduct it alone or can enable friends and family to take part in a “eulogy of voices”. Nowadays, all sorts of ceremonies are possible. Friends and family members often would like to speak but can feel intimidated – I can help give you the confidence to write and deliver some appropriate words in a way that you feel most comfortable with.

We will discuss music, poetry and other readings and tributes.

I take your memories, ideas and words and build a ceremony to honour your loved one – key themes for me are “dignity, respect and sensitivity” but I can also blend in humour when appropriate. 

Every ceremony I conduct is unique and I limit the number I perform each week to ensure that I always give 100%.

I share my draft for you to check and change up till the last moment.

On the day, I will conduct the ceremony with calm conviction – my aim is to do justice to a person’s life.

We can discuss live-streaming, recording or online ceremonies

(Photo courtesy of SICA and PhotoJenniK)