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Celebrant services

What is involved

If you choose me as your celebrant, I would want to support you in any way that I can. I’d like to meet you and your family for a chat about creating a beautiful, thoughtful funeral or memorial service to honour the life of the person you have lost. I would like you to tell me about the person who has died, so that I can write a tribute/eulogy – or help you write one if you like – in either case, it’s really important that it’s right for you. You can call or email me to ask any questions. I am then at the funeral or memorial service with you, to lead the best service possible to help you all to say the best possible ‘goodbye’.

Haresfoot clover
Haresfoot Clover © Barry Yates


A funeral can be a glorious way of coming together to celebrate someone’s life. It can be creative and, by and large, whatever you want it to be. I take the time to listen to you, offer support and guidance to help create a ceremony that feels right. Or we can plan YOUR funeral, however far in advance you want to do this. Some people prefer to do this, because it gives them peace of mind.

Reedbed in golden colours
Reedbed © Barry Yates

Memorials/Celebrations of Life

Sometimes you never got to say goodbye ‘properly’. It’s never too late to give a cracking, unique send off for someone special and loved. Celebrations of Life can be separate from burials and cremations, and as creative as you like. On the downs, on the beach, in the woods! I can work with you to create a bespoke service that helps you honour your loved one and allow you to grieve.

Large White butterfly on ragwort
Large White Butterfly © Barry Yates


A single-slot Brighton/Wealdon/Eastbourne crematorium funeral £300. Further afield, eg West Sussex £400.

A double-slot Brighton/Wealden/Eastbourne  crematorium funeral £400. Further afield, eg West Sussex £450.

There is an additional charge of £50 for a burial taking place in addition to a chapel service.

Alternative venue celebration-of-life from £350, depending on the length of the service (excluding travel). 

Common Whelk shell on a beach
Common Whelk © Barry Yates


I charge £80 per hour or part of an hour for additional work/consultation. Sliding fees available for people on lower incomes.


I’ve added some poems and readings here in case these are a useful resource for people. I will add to this list as and when I find interesting pieces.