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Debbie Merritt Isle of Arran, Scotland


Ceremonies/ services are important. They mark pivotal changes in our lives, and people want to remember them.  Your ceremony needs to reflect the person it represents, that is uniquely and recognisable as 'them'.


This is what I deliver for you

I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, and am fully trained with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and am on their register of Celebrants. I work with people of all faiths and none, and am open to all reasonable requests in a ceremony.

For funeral ceremonies the requests and beliefs of the family, and of the deceased are paramount, I am sensitive to the needs of the family and will create a celebration of the life of the loved one. One thing to remember is that a crematorium service is time limited to less than half an hour (this does vary), but you can, for an extra payment, book more time should you wish to. However I find that a choice of a short(ish) crematorium service followed by a later Ash Scattering/memorial ceremony works very well, as the latter ceremony is much more relaxed, and many people can share their memories together.
Ideally I will meet with people as they prepare for their death. This may seem morbid to some, but the one thing sure in life is that at some point we will die. By preparing our wishes in advance we can take much stress away from our loved ones at a difficult and emotional time. It is important to consider such things as how, if we are able, to depart from this life, what type of funeral you would want, who you would like to take the service, where you would want to be buried or your ashes scattered, and much more. By meeting with you, and your family if you wish, I can help you to look at these decisions in a calm and practical way. If you prefer I can email you a document that will give you some ideas and suggestions. You can also visit the Dying Matters website for more information.


Telephone 01770 302091/ 07970282498

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