• Jess Hulbert in jeans and leather jacket - appropriate dress code for Frank's funeral.

    About Frank

    As well as being a husband, a father, and a grandfather - he was a biker too! And a master machine driver!! Not all funerals have to be formal, and some require different outfits. This one definitely needed my old leather jacket and a lot of grit. Around 300 people…

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    A Ceremony to Remember

    I had the honour of conducting a service for a gentleman who had been a very big part of many people’s lives. He was the owner and head chef of a Thai restaurant. His family wanted a ceremony that would include his Buddhist belief system and be accessible to the…

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    Say it with Hops

    Say it with Flowers is perhaps an overused phrase nowadays; in the funeral world flowers really do speak words. I read (in Creative Review) that the Say it with Flowers slogan was created in the US back in 1917 by the Florists’ Telegraph Delivery Association (FTD). “As the FTD went…

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    Reflections of a Celebrant

    As we approach a new school year, I thought it was time to look back over the last. I started work as a Celebrant over a year ago and I’m relieved to note that I no longer have that first funeral feeling – like a new pupil turning up wearing…

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    The Final Journey

    I took two funerals in June, where the deceased’s final journey was by horse-drawn hearse. The horses were so calm, controlled, and seemingly ‘bomb-proof’ with their elegant ostrich plumes. The hearse itself was so finely polished and beautifully maintained. It is a stately way to arrive at one’s final destination.…

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