Marie Pembridge

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Celebrant Category: Funeral Celebrant

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  • I care deeply about helping people to create honest, heartfelt and individual farewells which are all about the person who has died, and include the things that are important to the family and friends. After many years’ experience in creating and facilitating rites of passage and of leading ceremonies from the heart, I wanted to bring this experience to bear in the creation of funeral ceremonies.

    I respect all spiritual beliefs, and those with none, and will work with you to create a farewell that includes as much or as little spiritual or religious content as you wish. I will support you in carrying out as much of the service yourselves as you feel able to, and I will liaise with other professionals to ensure everything runs smoothly.

    Many people are not aware of how much choice and freedom they have in creating a fitting funeral service – and my role is to help you explore what aspects are important to you, and to create a flow to the service so that everything that needs to be said and done is accomplished. I will work alongside you, listening to your memories of the person who has died, to help you create a funeral ceremony which weaves together everything needed to truly remember and honour them.

    I am here to speak with you at any time – either when a funeral is needed, or perhaps you just want to start exploring options. I’m also able to offer talks and workshops to interested groups.

    Do have a  look at my website where you will find much more information and resources.

    Thanks for reading!


  • Testimonials:

    “Marie, thank you so much for such an amazing ceremony, and all your help. Every person said how heartfelt, meaningful and beautiful it was. It has helped so much with our grieving to know that T had the best send-off that was possible. Thank you from everybody.”

    “I wanted to say again how much I appreciated your contribution to V’s farewell. I feel you conveyed her spirit so sensitively and appropriately and that you provided a wonderful central perspective, which managed to embrace the whole of the diverse gathering, with great skill and wisdom. I know she would have been delighted. I will be forever grateful. Best wishes and thank you again”

    “Thank you so much for all you did for both occasions for L last week. Your ability to hold us all was incredible, and your words were so touching and well put. It felt like you knew her too. It felt like were in very capable and caring hands which meant everyone could get on and feel what they needed too and say their goodbyes, which to my mind is what the occasions were all about.
    Many thanks.”

    “I just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for the excellent job that you did at Dad’s funeral yesterday.  You showed great skill and insight in capturing the essence of my dad’s life, and delivered the service impeccably; we received many positive comments from the attendees afterwards that the tone and simplicity was just right."

    “Dear Marie, Thank you so much for the wonderful job that you did in such difficult circumstances. You went ‘above and beyond’, brought the service together and gave me such great support between you and (FD). I felt supported and protected. So many people commented on the great job!”

    "I don't know how I can begin to thank you enough for all that you did to make F's funeral so special. It must have taken such a long time to find out all about his life, and you made it a celebration of all that he was to me and our family and friends. I was so touched by your kindness and care and compassion, so a heartfelt thank you again."