Garry Jenkins

Professional Celebrant (AOIC)

I am an independent professional celebrant offering personalised services and civil ceremonies which reflect the life, personality and beliefs of you and your loved ones, whether semi-religious or non-religious.

Every family's needs are different. I offer a unique, tailored service that is not restricted and can include religious content if requested. 

 

With over 30 years experience as a Professional Celebrant, I have undertaken hundreds of non-religious funerals, weddings and baby naming ceremonies. With this experience and my compassionate, caring nature, I take great pride in being able to support my clients, in creating the perfect words and delivering the personalised ceremony, that they deserve.

Saying Goodbye

A non-religious funeral ceremony allows the family to plan a more personal send off

The Perfect Day

A non-religious wedding ceremony frees your creative side to personalise the day

Celebrate Baby

Plan a Baby Naming ceremony which allows your family and friends, to show their love

Non-religious funeral ceremonies

What is a Civil Funeral Ceremony

A civil funeral, is sometimes referred to as a humanist, secular or non-religious funeral.

The focus of the ceremony is about the person who has passed, as well as the  family and friends, who shared their life.

It often takes place at a crematorium or non religious burial site. Sometimes it is a memorial ceremony or burial of ashes after a funeral.

 

The ceremony can be non-religious or contain religious elements such as hymns, readings, poems or prayers.

 

There are no restrictions on creating the perfect farewell.

 
 

How do we build the perfect Celebration of Life together?

Firstly, it will be a great honour and privilege for me, to work with you to create the perfect Celebration of Life to honour them.

 

I meet with you at your home (or elsewhere if you prefer) to discuss your loved one's personality, stories, anecdotes and achievements, to get to know the person whose life is to be celebrated.

 

This is such an important time together...

 

Over the course of an hour or two, I am able to listen and learn all about the loved one who has passed and start the journey of putting together the eulogy and words that I will deliver during the funeral ceremony. I have also noticed for many of my clients, that this opportunity to relive many happy memories, stories and anecdotes, which can often provide some small solace, during the grieving process.

 

I will guide and advise you as much or as little as you want... 

 

Together, we can plan the content and structure of the service whilst incorporating any ideas that you may already have. Whilst you may want to include some religious elements such as Bible readings, The Lords Prayer, Psalm 23, Hymns etc there are many non-religious funeral poems, songs and readings which we can discuss and add into the ceremony, so we have the perfect tribute for your loved one.

 

Getting the right words to say...

 

You will have the opportunity to view (and change) the eulogy and words for the ceremony, in advance, along with the order of service, to ensure everything is correct and a perfect tribute, ready for the day of the funeral. In fact, I'll keep working on your ceremony script, until you are completely happy with it.

 

The perfect service for your loved one...

 

On the day of the funeral I would generally lead the service, however participation, whether large or small by any family member or close friend, is always welcome. That might be in the form of music, a reading or a poem, and I will always only be a few steps away to give a helping hand if needed.

''Whether a funeral, wedding or baby naming, for many people a non-religious ceremony is much preferred because it gives them the perfect platform to personalise the event and speak from the heart''.

Garry Jenkins

Professional Family Celebrant

Garry Jenkins

Professional Family Celebrant

Hertfordshire and the South East of England

Member of AIOC

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