I have lived and worked in Brighton for 25 years but originally came from Croydon. I live with my husband in Fiveways and have a grown-up daughter.
My previous career was in dental hygiene, where I developed a special interest in working with people to reduce their anxiety and fear of dentistry, and trained others in working with anxious patients. For this, I twice received Dental Hygienist of the Year awards. I also have a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy.
I was brought up in a strict Christian family, but for the last 40 years have followed my own spiritual path of respect for our world and for each other. I have a very open approach to people’s beliefs and a philosophy of tolerance.
I have lost my parents, ex-husband, family members and several friends, and have witnessed grief and sadness in different ways. I took an active role in arranging my father’s funeral a few years ago; my interest in funerals, and what makes a good funeral, grew from there.
I believe that funerals should be people-centred. There is a growing movement towards families being more ‘hands-on’ and taking an active role in funeral arrangements and the ceremony. This can be a very positive step in the healing process.
I am a member of The Natural Death Centre, which is a charity that helps people to make informed choices about what is right for you, your family and the person who has died.
The taboo and fear of talking about death in our society is slowly beginning to change. I hold regular Death Cafes in Brighton, to encourage people to enter into such discussions, and to start taking control of their own life (and death).
I was recently privileged to be a finalist in the Celebrant of the Year category at the Good Funeral Awards, a prestigious event in the funeral world.
Thank you so much, not only for your excellent professional services, but also for your intuitive interpretation of our wishes throughout the planning of the ceremony.
I just wanted to thank you for everything. Your advice and guidance was excellent at a very difficult time and your ideas and experience made everything flow seamlessly. Also thank you for the copy of the service and card which was a lovely touch.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warmth, professionalism and guidance. You helped make a tough day bearable.
Thank you very much for making a very hard day, less hard, and for the thorough, kind, thoughtful and insightful way in which you eased our family through the planning and realisation of what I think turned out to be a positive and fitting celebration of our much-loved Mum.