Chelsea Duke

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Celebrant Category: Funeral Celebrant

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  • I am an independent, qualified Funeral Celebrant.  I will work with you to create a unique funeral ceremony, reflecting the personality, beliefs and interests of the person who has died.  You may wish to choose poems, readings, music, songs or prayers to include in the ceremony but if you need some help, I can also guide you with these choices.  I can lead the ceremony or I can support you, family members or friends to participate as much as you would like to.

    I will spend time talking to you, and others close to the person who has died, about your loved one.  I will explore with you what you want to remember and celebrate about that person, what they enjoyed, what their achievements are and what you will miss about them.  If you, or they, have specific religious or spiritual beliefs these can be reflected in the funeral ceremony, but I will also produce a beautiful ceremony for you if you prefer to have a totally non-religious service.

    Each funeral ceremony I write is created specifically for that individual person, so it is genuinely unique, just like them.

    I am based in Winchester, and will conduct funerals in the surrounding areas of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Sussex, including Winchester, Romsey, Southampton, Eastleigh, Basingstoke, Andover, Fareham, Portsmouth, Petersfield, Salisbury, Chichester, Havant and Reading.  I am also happy to travel further afield if required.

  • Testimonials:

    “Thank you so much for the great eulogy you gave for [my husband].  You spoke so well and it certainly made me appreciate even more all that he had achieved.  All the family were pleased, as you know, it is so important for the day to go well – and it did…  I shall always treasure your contribution and thank you for it.”  July 2018

    “I think Dad would have liked his funeral.  I also cannot thank you enough for all your professional help with Dad’s service, and lovely eulogy.”    July 2018

    “I would like to say thank you so much for your part in helping us yesterday.  It was very difficult day for us all and yet your guidance and leadership really gave the service a calm and celebratory atmosphere that everybody appreciated especially us.”  July 2018

    “A quick message to thank you very much for performing the ceremony at Dad’s funeral.  I had a lot of good responses, saying that it was a beautiful ceremony and a good representation of Dad with the poem and music.”  June 2018

    “Thank you so much for sending the script and for everything you did for the funeral.  We all thought it was a lovely service which really captured the lovely happy fun character of [my Mum].”  May 2018