Paul Donne

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Celebrant Category: Funeral Celebrant

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  • ‘My aim is for you to feel fully supported throughout our entire time together.’

    I’m Paul, and I have a calm, flexible and intelligent approach to my work as a Celebrant, whether visiting your family, making contacts, creating Ceremonies or holding the Funeral for your loved one on the day.

    The day you say a final farewell to a loved one though is no ordinary day.  In fact, it can be one of the hardest days we ever have to face.

    No two Ceremonies are ever the same – and nor should they be –  so it can take skill and careful crafting to get each one ‘just right’.

    A well structured Ceremony not only has the ability to make each Funeral unique and fitting, but also full of beauty and originality – a time to honor and celebrate your loved one’s life, whilst providing a voice for the loss felt by all those who knew them.  It can also begin to help those left behind to gently move forward after the loss.

    The inspiration for the Ceremonies I create is drawn from the unique life of your loved one, as well as your own treasured memories that you share when we meet.  Your loved one’s wishes and beliefs (as well as your own input to the Ceremony) are what is most important to me when I work with you as your Celebrant.  Whatever your need though, I will offer as much input and support as you feel is right for you and your family – whether just a guiding hand, or a fully lead Ceremony.

    I can also support you in any part of the preparation or holding of the Ceremony you would like to be involved in; that could be bringing your loved one into the Ceremony, lighting candles, speaking, singing or decorating the space – all little touches to make the whole Ceremony that bit more special.  I am also happy to suggest music, readings and poems if you do not have too many ideas of your own.

    With my careful and involved preparation throughout the time I work with you and your family, whether with your chosen Funeral Director, or the staff at the venue; together, we all work as a team to make sure that, on the day, the Funeral Ceremony is the best it could be – something ‘just right’ and one which you will treasure in the times ahead.

    Based in South Essex, I am happy to work with families throughout Essex, East London and Hertfordshire – and will happily consider travelling further if requested.

    Fully accredited as a Funeral Celebrant by Green Fuse and the APT, I feel extremely privileged to work alongside any family for whom I will be the Celebrant during such a tender time – and that makes me hugely proud of both my training, and the work I do.

  • Testimonials:
    "Thank you for being a brilliant Celebrant today for J.  Today was not a day I had been looking forward to, but you really created a fantastic Ceremony.  Your opening words perfectly captured the emotion present at the start and moved 175 of his family and friends through music, laughter and tears to say a 'far too early' goodbye.  You have given all of us something to treasure. Thank you again, G." - June 2016.