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Ruth Valentine Greater London, will travel further for additional costs

I see my role as helping whoever is planning the ceremony to find the kind of ceremony that best suits them. That could be a memorial in a special venue, with plenty of time for music, a slide-show, stories about the person who's died. It could be at the crematorium, with favourite music and a space for anyone to speak. It could be a few people gathering to scatter the ashes. I'll play as great or small part as people want, simply MC-ing, reading a eulogy that someone's written, or writing & delivering it myself. I always spend time face-to-face with the family or friends so that we can work out the best option, and I draft the wording for each ceremony from scratch, to make it vivid and personal. Afterwards, I send the transcript to the family, so that they have a lasting record of an important occasion.

Fees: £190 for funeral or memorial ceremony. £50 for planning meeting/advice only



Telephone 020 8802 3924 / 07523 208 155

Correspondence address The White Chair, 23 Clarence Road, London, N15 5BB

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