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Andrea Smith - Greater London - willing to travel further afield for additional costs

"I hold the highest possible qualifications in celebrancy in the UK – NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy, Naming & Couples (RQF) and NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (RQF) – which means I have been rigorously assessed for my skill and suitability as a Celebrant.  I was trained by the leading industry provider, Civil Ceremonies Ltd.  I hold a current DBS certificate, am fully insured for public liability and professional indemnity, and am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants and Institute of Civil Funerals.  Overall, this means you can have every confidence in me to create and deliver an
appropriate and unique ceremony with sensitivity and empathy.

I am an ordained Interfaith Minister, skilled listener and able to deliver any spiritual or religious content in your ceremony with authority and gravitas.  Compassionate counsellor and minister, I am able to hold and support people through their most emotionally charged times of their lives. In addition, I hold CPCAB L2 Person-centred counselling, have participated in Fundamentals of Re-evaluation counselling and the Compassion Course non-violent communication training with the New York Centre for NVC.  I practice Mindfulness Based Stress
Reduction (Palouse), I am a trained Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner and have practiced Usui Reiki I & II (Barbara McGregor) since way back in the 1990’s.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  I hold a first class honours degree in Arts & Festival Management, have a background as a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher, and have undergone safeguarding and events training.  After becoming a recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, I introduced the Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields to the UK and have joined in Village Building & Peacemaking trainings in the US and Europe over many years as well as helping facilitate Condolence Ceremonies - community grief witnessing rituals - in Germany with Native American (Odawa) Peacemaker, Paul Raphael.

As a professional, I strive to be at the leading edge of my industry and list below some of my recent continued professional development :

Tending Grief within Community, Helpers Mentoring Society
Refreshing & Enhancing Funeral Ministry skills, Ceremony Matters
Introduction to Soul Midwifery, The Soul Midwives School
Foundation of Ritual training, Ancestral Medicine
Ancestral Lineage Healing, Ancestral Medicine
Die Wise: Making Meaning at the End of Days, Stephen Jenkinson


Experienced in holding ritual and ceremony, my background also includes organising community camps and deep nature connection facilitation
influenced by Starhawk’s Earth Activist Training, Permaculture Design and Bushcraft & Survival/Wilderness Spirit Philosophy training with Trackways.  I also used to be a volunteer for Forest School Camps.  From this you can see that I am very at home conducting ceremonies outdoors in woodland and wilderness settings - natural burials and earth barrows in particular.

I will listen carefully to your story and your wishes, I may suggest meaningful symbolic actions or ritual observances and I will craft a bespoke ceremony to commemorate your loved one the way you want to. On the day, I will conduct the proceedings and perform the formalities with decorum and dignity – the focus is always on you and your loved ones.

It will be an honour for me to help you."

Testimonial :
"You made a very difficult loss so much easier to deal with and aided us
to say goodbye in such a memorable and meaningful way. I cannot
recommend you highly enough.  Laura"

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Contact Andrea Smith

Telephone 07539 434595

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