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I am a humanist celebrant working in the Coventry area. I hope that you will find here some ideas about the humanist ceremony that you are considering.
Like all humanists officiating in the United Kingdom, I have been trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association to deliver humanist and non religious weddings, humanist naming ceremonies and humanist funeral services.
I also have a deep personal connection to humanism and humanist ceremonies. Ceremonies have been around since the first humans lived, they fulfil a desire to mark and celebrate the big moments in our lives. I look forward to hearing how I can help you plan and hold a ceremony that is written specially for you.
When we mark an important event, we often want to involve our family and our friends. We want to share our emotions as we say ‘hello’ to a new arrival, ‘congratulations’ to a new couple or ‘farewell’ to a lost friend or relative; there is comfort in sharing those events. These days many people, who are approaching let’s say a joyful event, want to share their joy in a way that is honest to their ideas and perceptions – without hypocrisy.
Words of Gratitude
Bob, Thank you so much for your kindness, patience and support in planning and delivering Harris’ naming ceremony. It was such a special day and we were so pleased and proud.
Best wishes, Kate, Andy and Harris
A big thank you for the ceremony you did for us last Friday. It went down really well. We had lots of lovely comments about it during the day, we both loved it.
Thanks again, Andy and Lisa
Bob, Once again we thank you for all that you have done for us. It was avery special day in so many ways and you played a large part in it. We wish you and yours all the very best for the future.
Chris and Sue
Many years ago I decided I would become a celebrant for the BHA. The experience of an absolutely brutal religious funeral left me reeling. Thankfully, this was followed by several heartwarming and, oddly, life-affirming Humanist funerals.
Several years later, here I am, repaying the debt. I’m not just doing funerals. I also do baby namings and welcomings as well as weddings. All significant milestones are worthy of a ceremony. If you have an idea you want to explore with me, just get in touch.
I’ve been training indirectly for celebrancy since I was in my twenties. I was an actor for twelve years. I left the theatre in 1987 to make space for my writing. Since then I’ve had seven poetry collections published. My fiction also appears in a number of anthologies and fiction magazines. I’ve worked as a writer in residence in a prison and various hospitals and I run writing workshops from time to time in schools and community centres. You can see some of the work I do if you click on my website opposite.
I’m interested in how we as human beings make sense of our lives. I’m interested in how we pass things on from generation to generation, how we learn to be friends, good neighbours, good parents, good partners. I’m equally fascinated by how we get things wrong! Humanity is complex.
I come from a tradition of Humanist thinking. My great-grandfather was an admirer of Robert Ingersoll. He had this to say:
This day shall be mine. From the first gray streak of its early dawn till the last golden ray of its setting sun melts away on the horizon of the West, it shall belong to me.
With charity for all, I will go my way, following the dictations of my own conscience; and strive with all my power to lift my fellow-man from the darkness that surrounds him.
I will live so that should tomorrow dawn, I may look upon to-day with a feeling that I have added my humble mite to the cause of Justice and Humanity.
And it shall bring me much joy.
– Thomas Heath Flood
That’s not a bad philosophy.
And here’s my motto: Carpe diem. Seize the day! But don’t just seize it – make it count.
I am a Humanist Celebrant, trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association. I perform Humanist and non-religious Funerals and Weddings/Partnerships in and around Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull and further afield.
I decided to train as a Humanist Celebrant after attending a beautiful Humanist Funeral for a friend’s mother. I realised then the huge value and importance of meaningful and personal rite-of-passage ceremonies for those without a religious faith.
Every ceremony I create is different.
I will make sure that your Wedding day reflects the hopes and dreams you have as a couple for your future together, and incorporates the words and rituals that are just right for you.
I will work with you to craft a unique Funeral that captures the distinctive character of your loved one as you celebrate their life and prepare to say farewell.
I am happy to advise you about readings and music, and to discuss all options, so that the final ceremony is truly meaningful and personal. I am helped in this by my background in the theatre, and my experience as a trainer in public speaking and other skills.
Please click on these links to find out more about Funerals or Weddings and Partnerships.
Welcome to my website.
I specialise in creating unique wedding ceremonies tailored to celebrate the start of your married life together as a couple, reflecting the things that are important to you, your family and friends.
“Thank you so much – you have really captured US!”
No two ceremonies are the same; working with you and those close to you, I can help 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 – my job is to bring all these elements together in a special and personal way to capture who you really are.
A funeral is a unique, serious and solemn event. As a celebrant I will provide a dignified, personal and professional service. But it is also an occasion to celebrate a life, to do justice to its meaning and to remember the course it took and the legacy that it leaves. Music, readings and poetry can play their parts, as can humour and affection. Let me help create a lasting memory of your loved one.
I have been married for almost 40 years and have a grown up family. I have spent most of my working life as a director of large care organisations, working with people to improve the lives of those less fortunate than I have been.
If you are thinking about a non-religeous wedding ceremony, do give me a call – I’d be delighted to see how we could work together.
Hi, I’m Chris Edwards. I’m trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association to lead Weddings, Funerals and Namings. At this point, if I were you, I’d be wondering what’s different about this bloke and why should I use him?’ Well, if you read on I’ll try to tell you about me and what I can offer you.
In the late 60’s I grew my hair and went in search of love and peace. Eight years later I trained and worked as an actor. During this period I met Sarah and, as I was resting rather more than working, I retrained as a mental health social worker. After 15 years of marriage we had our daughter Liv and moved to an idyllic hamlet. I found myself, after twenty-five years, working as a health and social care senior manager and trainer and I’d had enough. So I retired, retrain as a celebrant and here I am at your service.
I’ve known I was an atheist since I was 19 and in a hospital waiting to hear about a friend who was fighting for her life after a car accident. I thought I should pray but knew, as I think I always had, that there was nothing out there to pray to. I’m please to say she survived.
I came upon humanism through the funerals of Sarah’s parents. I learnt more from an old actor friend who’s a celebrant in Brighton. It just seemed to fit. It was how I thought. It was me. The best bit was that I didn’t have to agree with, or believe in the same things, as other humanists. I could just honestly and truthfully be me.
I promise to deliver a fantastic ceremony based on your wishes and needs. Don’t worry I have lots of ideas to help you decide and whether its a marriage, funeral, naming, or any other type of ceremony, you will always see a draft ceremony script before the day. I can then update the script based on your comments so the final words, whilst written by me, are the words you want. I see my role as making the ceremony seamless, so if something unexpected happens I’ll deal with it, if someone forgets their words I’ll have them, if someone doesn’t turn up I’ll fill in. For the time of the ceremony I’ll take control and make sure you have the ceremony that you planned. If you think I can help please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Your ceremony can be traditional or avante garde. You could book a palace or be on the balcony of a flat. We could battle the wind at the top of a mountain, shelter in a cave or the back room of a pub. You could wear flip flops and shorts; clown suites; haute couture or top hat and tails. The choice is yours. And we haven’t even started talking about music, readings, vows, friends and family involvement, the layout of the ceremony, rites of passage, day or night or this country or abroad. All I ask is that it’s non-religious. The day should be a brilliant occasion, but remember, the important issue is what is in your heart and your head. Yes, this is a time for fun and spectacle but it is also a time for gravitas. A marriage should be an intimate and loving relationship which gives both partners’ security, friendship, equality, companionship, respect, support, comfort, and a deep love that penetrates every aspect of life. The ceremony is a statement of intent about the future with vows and promises made. And remember the commitments made are not just for the anniversaries but for the 364 days in between. Your ceremony should reflect all of this and I’ll help you to get it right.
A funeral is a time to remember a life lived. Not a perfect life but a real one. A time to say goodbye in your own way. A time to share your loss with family and friends, a time to reflect on your relationship with the person who has died whether you knew them for a moment, an hour, a year or a lifetime. Whether the ceremony is at the crematorium, burial ground or local pub it should reflect the way the person lived their life and be the ceremony you want. Many people want a traditional ceremony and that’s fine, but if that’s not what you want that’s also fine. I’ll help you create the ceremony you want.
What is more important than giving someone the name the world will know them by and introducing them formally to friends and family. As with marriage the ceremony is a time for fun and spectacle but it is also a time for gravitas. It’s a time to ask the people you value and trust to share the responsibility, whether they are Guide-Parents, or my favourite, Odd-Parents. Its time to involve the family. Whether in your back garden, village hall or hotel the ceremony should reflect your wishes and I’m here to make that happen.
I’m available for any type of ceremony, whether memorial, wake, acting as a master of ceremonies or leading a divorce ceremony [I haven’t done one yet but I live in hope] and I will do my very best to give you the ceremony you want.
My name is Daniel Glastonbury and I am a Humanist Celebrant accredited by the British Humanist Association to perform marriages across the UK and abroad. Providing a secular ceremony, written to include your story as a couple and allow your own personalities to shine through, your Humanist ceremony will allow you to create the wedding of your dreams with the only limitation being your imagination.
I was introduced to Humanism at age 19, I spent a year being treated for cancer (Non-Hodgkins Aggressive B-Type Lymphoma) and did a lot of reading as I had so much spare time! I eventually got the all clear and I am a much better person for it, flash forward 10 years and I have travelled to all seven continents, obtained a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and generally tried to put a lot of good into the world. My Humanist beliefs mean that I believe that every person has a right to be happy, and I love the work that I do as I am able to assist in creating such beautiful and happy moments in peoples lives.
Though all Humanist Celebrants are Humanists, there is no requirement for you as a couple to share these beliefs, many choose to go for a Humanist ceremony due to sharing different faiths or because they want to create their ideal wedding in their dream location.
Your ceremony planning will start with a face to face meeting or Skype chat, where we can discuss your ideas as well as your personal story, because a Humanist ceremony is personal to you. If you decide that this is the right path for you we will start the ball rolling on creating your bespoke wedding ceremony. You’ll get a chance to see the wedding script, helping to choose the readings, music and stories told during your very special day.
If you would like to include any type of ritual, something that many couples choose to do, then we are able to include anything from ring warmings to broom jumping, hand fasting to candle lighting, and even more modern rituals such as sand pouring or whiskey blending. Tradition and ritual is what separates people from beasts, so feel free to let your imagination run wild.
I am based in Greater Manchester, however, I have performed ceremonies across the UK and I am more than happy to travel. I take many bookings, some up to two years in advance, so do get in contact so that I can pencil in your special day.