Hello and welcome. Whether you are here to begin the joyous process of arranging your humanist wedding or indeed to arrange a humanist funeral for a much-loved relative, companion or friend, rest assured, I will do everything I can to help.
You don’t need me to tell you that the process of arranging a wedding or a funeral can be fraught — I suspect you’re aware of that — but this site is dedicated to removing as much of the stress from your shoulders as is humanly possible.
Arranging a funeral is stressful and time-consuming and there are often tensions surrounding what sort of service to provide. A family executor or close friend has the difficult job of bridging the gap between the desires of the living while at the same time respecting the wishes of the person who has died. If you have never done this sort of thing before I will help you by taking you through the stages of the ceremony, step by step.
And for those who are looking to plan their wedding, exactly the same applies: I’m here to listen, help and to facilitate.
I am determined to make the arranging of the funeral or the wedding as painless as possible and I want you to feel confident that you have chosen a person who will deliver for you and who cares deeply about detail. If you look at my Testimonial page you will see what other families have said about me, and this might help you feel you can trust me. (The comments are genuine and unedited.)
If you decide you do want me to be your Minister (and you have a date in mind for the ceremony), then please telephone me in the first instance to see if I am available? If I am unavailable I will gladly recommend a colleague of mine to you and put you in touch.
Please call me on either 07932 888737 or on 0207 274 1799. I can also be reached by email at [email protected]
If you have time, please visit my dedicated website at markhayfordhumanist.com
Thank you for your time — I hope to hear from you in due course.
Jane Blackman is a Humanist Wedding, Funeral and Naming Celebrant living in West Sussex and taking non-religious and Humanist ceremonies across Sussex: in Worthing, Chichester, Brighton, Horsham, Crawley and along the South Coast. Travelling further afield or abroad can be discussed and arranged if required.
I lead ceremonies that have a Humanist philosophy. Equally I deliver those which are generally non-religious. YOU CERTAINLY DO NOT HAVE TO BE A HUMANIST TO HAVE A HUMANIST CEREMONY!
Please email me at: [email protected]
Or call me on: 07814 208087
Having had a varied career in Education for over 20 years as a Teacher and more recently a Headteacher and Education Consultant, I have a wide experience and genuine enjoyment of working with families and people from all walks of life; from a range of cultures and with differing needs and beliefs.
Weddings and Partnership Ceremonies
Weddings are wonderful occasions — a public confirmation and celebration of a very private and unique bond between two people, and each couple can make their ceremony reflect their specific feelings and personalities. Shaping each ceremony to fit the couple concerned, is part of the pleasure of writing and performing a wedding celebration.
No two ceremonies are the same; working closely with you, I can help you find a way to mark your wedding day in a way that will remain memorable for you throughout your lives together. The emphasis is always on you, and reflecting through words, music, singing, poetry, readings and symbolic actions your wishes and values in a warm and joyous way.
Humanist wedding ceremonies give you the opportunity to celebrate life, love and humanity, bringing all these elements together in a special and personal way to capture who you really are.
I will work with you to ensure that your Wedding day reflects the hopes and aspirations you have as a couple for your future together, incorporating the words and rituals that are just right for the two of you.
Please go to my Weddings page (click the red tab above) for further information.
As human beings we are all unique. We have varied views and we all live our lives differently. One thing we can usually agree on though, is that every life is special and every person matters a great deal to those who have known and loved them. So a funeral ceremony must be personal and fitting, both for the person who has died and for all of those who will miss them.
The death of someone close to us is an intensely private affair. At such a difficult time, when we feel at our least capable, we find ourselves needing to create exactly the right farewell as this will be our only chance to do so. It is always my aim to assist families at such times, hopefully easing some of the worry that is inevitably felt when arranging a funeral ceremony.
Please take a look at some of the feedback I have received on my Funerals page (click the purple tab above).
Whatever your circumstances, a Humanist or non-religious funeral can provide an appropriate and personal farewell: a true celebration of a life, no matter how long or short it has been. I can advise and help to create a unique, meaningful and celebratory tribute which I will deliver on your behalf. It won’t include anything you don’t want and it may include contributions from family members and/or friends. The ceremony can be as grand or as simple as you wish.
I regularly take ceremonies at Worthing, Chichester, Havant, Brighton, Crawley and other local crematoria, as well as burials at cemeteries and woodland burial sites across the county. I am able to travel further afield when required.
Naming and Welcoming ceremonies are truly special, individual and joyous events — a non-religious alternative to a christening or baptism. They provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate the arrival of a new member to his/her family and community of friends.
Please go to my Naming page (click the yellow tab above) for feedback, photographs and more information — and do get in touch if you would like to discuss a Naming or Welcoming ceremony for your child/children.
Getting in touch . . .
I am always happy to meet face to face to plan any ceremony, to ensure that it is sensitive, bespoke and personal to you, your family and those who will be in attendance.
I’m always prepared to visit you at home (depending on distance) — or at an alternative venue, at a mutually convenient time; and that includes some evenings and weekends.
I am pleased to be contacted by phone: 07814 208087
or email: [email protected]
to help you make an informed choice for the future, or just to answer any questions you may have.
I can also be contacted via my Facebook Pages where there are more photographs of me at work:
Jane Blackman Humanist Ceremonies
Weddings & Partnerships — Jane Blackman
Namings & Welcomings — Jane Blackman
Funerals & Memorials — Jane Blackman
I conduct ceremonies which celebrate and mark significant events and occasions.
You may wish to remember a life, have a highly personal wedding ceremony, or welcome a child to the family. Humanist ceremonies enable you to do this.
Humanist weddings are marriage or partnership ceremonies conducted in the way you would like, in any venue or outdoor location of your choice.
Humanist funerals are non-religious ceremonies that celebrate a person’s life in a way that is deeply meaningful and relevant.
Humanist baby namings are a beautiful way of celebrating a new addition to the family, at any age.
Testimonials, Facebook reviews and photos of some of the ceremonies I have led.
A long-standing member of the British Humanist Association I’m accredited and insured, an experienced script writer and will deliver your ceremony in an engaging and moving way.
I am currently Head Trainer in wedding celebrant training for the BHA.
I welcome informal enquiries so do please get in touch.