Mel Richards  Independent Funeral Celebrant
                       Ceremonies to celebrate life and love

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Planning a funeral

Organising a funeral for someone is a daunting enough task on its own but add to that the fact that we often have to make these choices whilst grieving for a loved one and it can seem impossible.

Many people resort to using a Funeral Director who will take away a lot of the stress by organising the practical aspects of the funeral. They will however still ask you to make decisions on a whole range of issues.

With or without a Funeral Director, you can plan a funeral that reflects the person's character and life by choosing music, choice of burial or cremation, place for the ceremony, coffin design, the words to be spoken, secular or religious content etc. The choices seem to be endless.

In an ideal world, we would make all the decisions about our own funerals in advance of our demise and let our nearest and dearest know our wishes. They can then be included in your will or just clearly set out in a document for your loved ones to follow. If you would help in carrying out this task either as an individual or maybe as a couple, I would be very happy to help you do this. I can help you create a ceremony that truly reflects you and your life and loves, taking the stress of this task away from your loved ones when the time comes.

There are also some great organisations out there who will help you make these choices with clear information and guidance.

The Good Funeral Guide

The Good Funeral Guide is an independent, not-for-profit information resource. It will help you arrange the funeral you want for someone or get ready for your own.

It will show you how to
  • make good choices

  • get best value for money

  • find the best suppliers of services and merchandise

  • create a funeral you’re proud of

The website has a wealth of useful information on all things related to funerals, from coffin choices to green burial sites, and from music and poetry to funeral directors. Well worth looking at.

The Natural Death Centre Charity

If you are looking for help, support, advice or guidance planning a funeral, either for yourself or for someone close to you, the Natural Death Centre Charity is here for you.


We are passionate about sharing knowledge, dispelling myths, and empowering everyone who wants to have the best experience possible when it comes to making arrangements for a funeral.


We firmly believe that knowledge is power, and that by knowing what is possible, you will be able to make informed choices about what is right for you, your family and for the person who has died.

Funeral Choice

A website to help you make informed choices about Funeral Directors in your area and the charges related to their services.