UK Funerals and Memorials Online
Meaningful funeral ceremonies in a time of crisis
If you have found this page because you are in need of someone to create and officiate a funeral ceremony for you, first let me say how sorry I am that you are going through this at such a difficult and uncertain time.
As of 31 March 2020 funerals may still go ahead in some areas, depending on the discretion of the crematorium or cemetery in most cases. If you would like to know more about the possibility of attending a funeral please see the National Association of Funeral Directors advice here.
What can we do if we can’t gather together for a funeral ceremony?
This is your guide to having a meaningful online ceremony.
Bereavement and grief are brutally hard at the best of times, and you are here searching for support as we begin to cope with the restrictions that coronavirus is placing upon gatherings and especially funeral services. When someone dies we need to gather together, to talk, to console, to weep and even maybe laugh a little. What do we do now?
My name is Emma Curtis. I am the founder of Ceremony Matters and I have set up Funeral Celebrants’ Support Network in response to Coronavirus.
In the light of the corona virus pandemic, many crematoria are no longer allowing more than minimal attendance at a funeral service and some crematoria are now no longer allowing funeral services at all. As we go forward it is very possible that all funerals will be direct cremation only and no ‘real life’ gatherings will be permitted.
Celebrants are here to help you.
Independent or Civil Funeral Celebrants are officiants who create ceremonies based upon your belief system, whatever that is including semi-religious and humanistic ceremonies. Humanist Celebrants offer specifically non-religious ceremonies and are members of Humanists UK. A celebrant will meet with you to prepare a ceremony which they will then officiate on the day of the funeral or memorial.
Should we even have a funeral?
Being able to have a meaningful celebration of life ceremony in the days or weeks following a death is very important, it is a rite of passage and can be a big help as we struggle with our grief. We sometimes hear people say that a funeral is for closure, but it maybe just the start of a healthy grieving process. A good funeral gives us the chance to collect ourselves and our memories, so that we can remember the person who has died in the way that we chose, and we can send them on their way, to wherever we believe they go, in a way that is honouring and respectful, consoling and supportive.
What are the options for an online funeral or memorial?
As we grow used to not being able to be physically in the same space, technology is filling the gap. Celebrants can meet with you online or over the phone, and create a beautiful ceremony which can then be shared together online, by Zoom, Google Meet or other platforms. The funeral can be held at a specific time, just as it would be in ‘real life’ and it can be lead by your celebrant with family and friends also offering tributes. This can be recorded and then shared amongst friends who missed the live webservice. Or, the ceremony can be pre-recorded, shared with your family and friends and watched when you feel ready to watch it.
Celebrants can also offer blessings over the phone, they can say a few words at the time of a direct cremation, or create a ceremony for any other moment of transition at this very difficult time.
If you are not sure what you can expect of a Celebrant please click here for a copy of the Funeral Celebrant Accord as a guideline. All celebrants listed below have adopted The Accord and can offer ceremonies online.
Each celebrant gives their area but, of course, because everything will be online they can work with you anywhere in the country. We just thought that you might like to know where they are based.
All celebrants listed on this site are, to the best of my knowledge, active professional celebrants with good reputation and able to work online (globally). However, this directory has been set up very quickly in response to Covid-19, I cannot guarantee the quality of service offered by anyone here and they are not necessarily Ceremony Matters certified in any way, so please use this list as a resource but be discerning. It will be your individual choice as to whom you appoint so, please talk to the celebrant and decide if you are confident that they are a good fit for you; that they understand what you want, have experience with the platform and technology you need, and will be able to provide the quality of service you are seeking.
Please be aware that although some celebrants are trained counsellors most are not. A celebrant’s specialism is the offering of ceremonies to mark the transitions of life. If you feel that you need emotional or mental health support, please use a specialist support service like Cruse, the Samaritans, Shout (text 85258) or call your GP.
Funeral Celebrants working online who would like to be listed , please go here
If you are a Funeral Director looking for information about the online services you can suggest to your clients/families, please click here for a useful guide.
Directory of Celebrants Offering Online Funeral and Memorial Services.
London and South East –
compassionate, trustworthy, strong
Award-winning Secular Minister & Celebrant, professional singer and bereavement counsellor. I create meaningful, supportive ceremonies from scratch, uniquely for your person, focused on their, and your beliefs, needs and values.
£50 per hour celebrant services, £80-120 singing/counselling
London and South East –
empathic, sensitive, professional
Humanist celebrant who balances gravitas and lightness when telling the story of the person who has died in a bespoke ceremony founded on the memories you share
£40 per hour
Scotland, UK, global – a professional, kind poet
Scottish celebrant with an international outlook, I recognize the power of online ceremony to bring people together in new ways. Happy to work alone or collaborate with other professionals.
£50 an hour
Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire –
warm, compassionate, person-centred
Online ceremonies can still be meaningful and personal. I will create such a ceremony with you ~ to honour your loved one, celebrating their life with all the appreciation they deserve.
£250 for a 20-30 min funeral ceremony, please enquire for other services
London and South East –
open-minded, creative, empathetic
Sensitive and articulate, I create beautiful and compassionate services that are focussed on the person that you love. Whatever the circumstances, there are effective and unique ways to say goodbye.
£250 for a 30 min ceremony, other services £40 per hour
London and South East –
compassionate, capable, creative
If we can’t be together physically it’s still possible to create a ceremony that brings comfort and connection. Honouring the person that’s died in the best way we can.
£250.00 please enquire for further details
Hampshire, Berkshire, S. Oxfordshire
compassionate, generous, wise
My 25 years of experience in taking funerals mean that I can guide you through this most difficult of times. I have particular expertise in difficult circumstances such as suicide, the death of babies, children and young adults
£250 for a 20-30 minute ceremony. Additional services at £60 per hour.
Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Solihull –
professional, personable, flexible
Not able to attend a funeral? Justine is a Warwickshire based award winning celebrant now offering an online/real-time visual Celebration of Life in response to challenges of Covid-19 and beyond.
£240 for a 30 min funeral ceremony, please enquire for other services
Gloucestershire, Cotswolds, Three Counties –
empathic, calm, supportive
I will help you create a farewell which is meaningful, individual and beautiful, honouring a life as a community even while we can’t be together in person.
£250 for an online ceremony, please enquire for further details
Bristol, Bath, Weston s Mare and surrounds –
person-centred, respectful, passionate
A highly regarded experience, award-winning Funeral Celebrant with unique skills. I am totally committed to assist you to provide a fitting on line funeral for your loved one.
£200 for a 30 min service, £25 per hour for other services
whatever you want
I believe no-one at all should ever leave us without a decent and appropriate goodbye and I’ll do my very best to help you to provide it.
£250 for a 30-minute ceremony, all else at £40 per hour
UKfunerals.online has been set up through Ceremony Matters to offer solutions to bereaved people and funeral directors seeking celebrants during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ceremony Matters offers advanced trainings, continuing professional development, support and mentoring to funeral celebrants across the UK. Celebrant Support is a professional support service in person, online or over the phone.
Get In Touch
text 07768 878764 for Celebrant Support
currently all sessions and services are only available online.
We Have Adopted The Accord. Emma is proud to have been a part of the development of the Funeral Celebrant Accord as a representative on the Funeral Celebrancy Council. She is the council’s representative of Independent Celebrants.