Mel Richards  Independent Funeral Celebrant
                       Ceremonies to celebrate life and love

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I decided to train as an independent funeral celebrant because I wanted to give people the opportunity to create an uplifting and unique ceremony that celebrates a person's life in a way that religious services often do not.

I have worked as a facilitator and trainer with groups and individuals for over 25 years mostly in community and personal development. I have had the opportunity to work with and support people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, often during challenging times in their lives. I have always believed that whoever I am working with, my role is to empower people to get the best out of their situation. I bring that same passion to helping people create a personal, unique and meaningful ceremony for their loved ones by listening with care and attention to detail, giving people time and encouragement to talk and share and being open to ideas and suggestions. It also means giving family and friends the opportunity to be as involved in the ceremony as they would like to be.

I have a gentle, warm and caring nature and will calmly help you to put together your celebration. I will bring together your stories and memories, share the humorous and the sad with respect and compassion. 

I am a trained Independent Funeral Celebrant and a member of the Fellowship of Professional                                                                                          Celebrants.