I have lived and worked in Brighton for 30 years but originally came from Croydon. I live with my husband in Fiveways and have a grown-up daughter and two dogs. I was brought up in a strict Christian family, but now follow a simple spiritual path of respect for our world and for each other. I have an open approach to belief and a philosophy of tolerance.
I have lost my parents, ex-husband, family members and several friends, and have experienced and witnessed grief and sadness in different ways. I took an active role in arranging my father’s funeral before training as a celebrant; my interest in funerals, and what makes a good funeral, grew from that.
My previous career was as a dental hygienist, where my special interest was in working with clients in anxiety management. I also have a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy. I am now in my fifth year as a celebrant and have found the last five years to have been the most rewarding of my working life. I consider it a great privilege to support families so closely at such a difficult time. I believe that family involvement throughout the funeral process is an important factor within the grieving process and work to encourage that when creating a funeral ceremony.
I am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants which provides support and professional indemnity cover for independent celebrants.
I am also a member of The Natural Death Centre, which is a charity that helps people to make informed choices about what is right for them, their family and their loved one.
Thank you for all your understanding, help and kindness in steering us through organising G's funeral to the point where we actually came to understand what we wanted. The outcome was a wonderful service that you conducted with such warmth and inclusiveness, that was a celebration of G's life. So many people commented on how impressive you were. We are now able to look back on the ceremony with happiness, through the sadness, which is an outcome we never thought possible. A.W.
Thank you very much, on behalf of the whole family, for the wonderfully serene way you conducted my father's funeral. Your calmness and dignity helped us through what was, for all of us a painful event. You read the eulogy so beautifully. N.J.
Thank you so much for the beautiful and sensitive delivery of S's service. We really appreciate your hard work, support and kindness. J.B.
Frances was our celebrant yesterday, she was magnificent! With an enormous amount of planning by her, for us, she organised us in our grief; with sensitivity and honesty, which culminated in a triumph of our day of celebration. She set the perfect tone, a balance of respect for my wife with the grace, humour and dignity required when addressing over 60 people. A truly amazing day, I can't recommend Frances highly enough. D.H.