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Living Funerals

For Life's Journey - Living Funeral Celebrancy Services | Macclesfield
  • BEFORE IT IS OVER

    A Living Funeral is an end-of-life celebration arranged while the relevant person who has a sense their time with us is shorter than would have been preferred, is still alive…

  • CELEBRATE A LIFE LIVED

    Providing comfort at a difficult time, by enabling the close family to honour their loved one, with invited family and friends present, to celebrate the life of that person WITH THE PERSON…

  • WORKING WITH A CELEBRANT

    Means you can include the elements of celebration you wish to use. Your ceremony is written and delivered uniquely for you and there are no restrictions on content and you will not be bound by any format.

TUIRENN

An Irish Name
pronounced:
TEER-an

BASED IN CHESHIRE

Willing to travel worldwide

Most ceremonies designed & delivered in Cheshire East, South Manchester & North Staffs

Your Final Chapter - Celebrating With Those You Love

Celebrant Led Living Funeral Services

Final Chapter Ceremonies (otherwise known as “Living Funerals”) are, in every way, a heartfelt and warm celebration in advance of death. They are a way of avoiding regrets at not having said what you always meant to say, but you couldn’t or wouldn’t. At a celebration of the person’s life – with the person present – you will be able to share and spend that special designated time with that person…

 

As a “Celebration of Life”, a Final Chapter Ceremony has a number of advantages, especially when it is known the person will soon die as a result of perhaps a terminal illness. Such a Living Funeral can be arranged to fit the needs of all the family members and friends as well as the relevant person.

 

Subsequently, they are able to plan and control or influence the celebration so that it becomes a really nice way of saying thank you and perhaps goodbye it allows those around to help celebrate a life.

 

It is also an excellent way to ensure the one who is left behind are not left in the position of isolation as often happens after the loss of a loved one.

 

A Living Funeral also gives everyone (not just close family) a chance to say intimate heartfelt goodbyes, and to offer well-wishes. A Living Funeral may be a social event and on balance a happy time where the relevant person can acknowledge and thank special friends and associates as well as family members.

 

The Final Chapter Ceremony opens up the dialogue of loss and grief and can aid those left behind enabling a drawing closer together.

 

A Final Chapter Ceremony/Living Funeral does not replace a traditional funeral and nor should it. They both serve separate purposes. Even after a great Living Funeral, there is still a need for ceremony, ritual, closure and to say one last goodbye.

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Some of your initial questions answered

Planning a Living Funeral

Choosing the right time for a Living Funeral.

Timing for a Final Chapter Ceremony can be a little difficult. Ideally, you want the guest of honour to be healthy enough physically and mentally to understand and enjoy the event. If a person is old enough or infirm enough that his or her life expectancy is uncertain, celebrating now is the best idea.

 

Finding a good location.

The place should be meaningful to you and the guest-of-honour. It should also be able to accommodate the number of people you expect to attend and be appropriate for the weather.

 

Unlike traditional funerals, there are no social taboos to where a Living Funeral can take place. Beaches, amusement parks, theatres, favourite sports-grounds, parks, even pubs/bars are all acceptable venues.

 

Using For Life’s Journey as your Living Funeral Celebrant. 

While being a social time with family and friends sharing stories about the guest-of-honour, part of the purpose of a Living Funeral is to give some ceremony to the end of a life. Using For life’s Journey/Tuirenn Hurstfield as an experienced celebrant will keep the pace going smoothly and add some structure to the event.

 

In most celebrant funerals the emphasis of the ceremony is on the person, his or her life and his or her achievements without the scriptures, homilies and communion associated with a religious ceremony. Tuirenn will meet with you and/or your guest-of-honour in advance to write a tribute and deliver it on behalf of the family and friends on the day. This is such a loving sentiment you can express without fear of faltering in what you’d like to say. Such a format is naturally well-suited for a Final Chapter Ceremony/Living Funeral.

 

What about food?

Food is optional at a Living Funeral, but sharing even desserts or a light meal can help to put people at ease. If you don’t want the expense of a caterer, it’s appropriate to ask those attending to bring a dish they’ve made for the guest-of-honour or to simply bake (or buy) a plate of cookies. “Breaking bread” is a time-honoured way for friends and family to stay close.

 

Picking appropriate music.

Music, too, is optional, but can I highly recommend it to help set the tone and mood of the event. Choosing the guest-of-honour’s favourite band or genre of music is never wrong. You can also bring in local musicians, such as a folk band or classical quartet. If you are having a formal ceremony, a soloist can be used to break up the speakers.

How much does a Living Funeral/Final Chapter Ceremony cost?

The overall cost of a Living Funeral Ceremony can be as much or as little as you like. Ultimately, the most important part is that you get to spend this time with the people you cherish.

The cost for the actual ceremony is:

  • Living Funeral/Final Chapter Ceremony (up to 120 minutes) – £295

Please note: mileage is charged additionally at 45p per mile outside of a fifteen mile radius of Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Where can I hold a Final Chapter Ceremony/Living Funeral?

There is no reason why you cannot have a Living Funeral service wherever you wish it to take place, if you prefer, providing you have permission.

You may want an end-of-life ceremony or memorial service in a favourite place, such as a park or woodland, on the beach, or even at home. Just be aware that, if you are expecting a large gathering, you may need to consider hiring a space or heading outdoors if the weather is kind.

If this is something you would like to consider, we are happy to discuss the options available to you.

Do you need us to do anything before our initial meeting?

Actually, there isn’t really anything you need to do.

At the initial phonecall, we will ask you to consider some things about your life just so they are fresh in your mind for us to talk about at the initial meeting.

Usually, the things we would like you to think about are:

  • where you were born and grew up
  • who you grew up with – siblings, family members
  • about your partner(s), children, grandchildren and other family members
  • your close friends and colleagues
  • if you worked, what did you do?
  • hobbies, interests or achievements
  • favourite or special memories
  • any stories or well known anecdotes?
  • what you will be best remembered for
  • do you want particular people to speak at the ceremony?
  • do you have any readings, poetry or music you may like to include?

How do you write & conduct your scripts?

Tuirenn will always conduct an in-depth interview with you about your wishes and, whenever possible, he will interview extended family members and friends to get “their side of the story”.

This interview usually take place at your home or we can arrange to meet in an important place to you. The discussions and gathering of personal details and memories can take between 1 to 3 hours. Tuirenn often conducts further phone interviews with other family members and friends and further research which can take many extra hours.

A celebrant-led Living Funeral ceremony is a collaboration with you for you, and to give you the Final Chapter that you would most like. As an experienced Celebrant, Tuirenn will guide you and your family and friends through a discussion of your wishes and arrive at your own dedicated ceremony.

How long does it take you to write a Living Funeral ceremony?

As your Celebrant, Tuirenn will write and provide a complete script reflecting the your desires, and your family’s thoughts, wishes and memories.

This takes between 10 to 15 hours and it does depend on the length of the ceremony, the number of speakers and the scope of the content. Typically it would include your achievements, and stories about you as well as lighter opportunities for readings, song and merriment.

Writing the personal script is the most important responsibility of a Celebrant as well as conducting the actual ceremony.

Copyright for the script is retained by Tuirenn Hurstfield as its author .

Do I see what you have written?

Yes. We provide a full script with all words, tributes, directions, timings, running orders and music to review before the actual ceremony.

We always show you the script in advance of the celebration for factual corrections, comments and content – it is vital to us that you are receiving the best possible closure you would want.

Can family and friends speak at the ceremony?

If anything, this is essential to ensuring your Final Chapter is filled with positivity and a chance for people to honour you properly.

If you wish to speak, this is also encouraged. However, the purpose of the script is that your Celebrant can speak on your behalf and say all the things you would like to. We understand that your emotions run high, and Tuirenn is always ready to step in and be your voice if you need him to.

Can I write and plan my own funeral with you in advance of my death?

Yes. Quite often people who approach us are in good health and just want to have their own funeral ceremony planned and determined in advance – or have no family or next of kin.

We often write a script for them to review. Please see our Pre-Planning Information for services we can provide, and our fees.

We also agree to visit dying individuals in hospices, hospitals or at home.

How do we pay you?

When agreeing a contract with us personally, you will be provided an invoice for records and receipt which will give clear instruction for how payment is to be made – we do not accept cash-in-hand.

Please note: we require that half of the fee (50%) is paid as a deposit at the first meeting. The balance of the fee is due to be paid by one day in advance of the actual ceremony.

Choosing the right time for a Living Funeral.

Timing for a Final Chapter Ceremony can be a little difficult. Ideally, you want the guest of honour to be healthy enough physically and mentally to understand and enjoy the event. If a person is old enough or infirm enough that his or her life expectancy is uncertain, celebrating now is the best idea.

 

Finding a good location.

The place should be meaningful to you and the guest-of-honour. It should also be able to accommodate the number of people you expect to attend and be appropriate for the weather.

 

Unlike traditional funerals, there are no social taboos to where a Living Funeral can take place. Beaches, amusement parks, theatres, favourite sports-grounds, parks, even pubs/bars are all acceptable venues.

 

Using For Life’s Journey as your Living Funeral Celebrant. 

While being a social time with family and friends sharing stories about the guest-of-honour, part of the purpose of a Living Funeral is to give some ceremony to the end of a life. Using For life’s Journey/Tuirenn Hurstfield as an experienced celebrant will keep the pace going smoothly and add some structure to the event.

 

In most celebrant funerals the emphasis of the ceremony is on the person, his or her life and his or her achievements without the scriptures, homilies and communion associated with a religious ceremony. Tuirenn will meet with you and/or your guest-of-honour in advance to write a tribute and deliver it on behalf of the family and friends on the day. This is such a loving sentiment you can express without fear of faltering in what you’d like to say. Such a format is naturally well-suited for a Final Chapter Ceremony/Living Funeral.

 

What about food?

Food is optional at a Living Funeral, but sharing even desserts or a light meal can help to put people at ease. If you don’t want the expense of a caterer, it’s appropriate to ask those attending to bring a dish they’ve made for the guest-of-honour or to simply bake (or buy) a plate of cookies. “Breaking bread” is a time-honoured way for friends and family to stay close.

 

Picking appropriate music.

Music, too, is optional, but can I highly recommend it to help set the tone and mood of the event. Choosing the guest-of-honour’s favourite band or genre of music is never wrong. You can also bring in local musicians, such as a folk band or classical quartet. If you are having a formal ceremony, a soloist can be used to break up the speakers.

How much does a Living Funeral/Final Chapter Ceremony cost?

The overall cost of a Living Funeral Ceremony can be as much or as little as you like. Ultimately, the most important part is that you get to spend this time with the people you cherish.

The cost for the actual ceremony is:

  • Living Funeral/Final Chapter Ceremony (up to 120 minutes) – £295

Please note: mileage is charged additionally at 45p per mile outside of a fifteen mile radius of Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Where can I hold a Final Chapter Ceremony/Living Funeral?

There is no reason why you cannot have a Living Funeral service wherever you wish it to take place, if you prefer, providing you have permission.

You may want an end-of-life ceremony or memorial service in a favourite place, such as a park or woodland, on the beach, or even at home. Just be aware that, if you are expecting a large gathering, you may need to consider hiring a space or heading outdoors if the weather is kind.

If this is something you would like to consider, we are happy to discuss the options available to you.

Do you need us to do anything before our initial meeting?

Actually, there isn’t really anything you need to do.

At the initial phonecall, we will ask you to consider some things about your life just so they are fresh in your mind for us to talk about at the initial meeting.

Usually, the things we would like you to think about are:

  • where you were born and grew up
  • who you grew up with – siblings, family members
  • about your partner(s), children, grandchildren and other family members
  • your close friends and colleagues
  • if you worked, what did you do?
  • hobbies, interests or achievements
  • favourite or special memories
  • any stories or well known anecdotes?
  • what you will be best remembered for
  • do you want particular people to speak at the ceremony?
  • do you have any readings, poetry or music you may like to include?

How do you write & conduct your scripts?

Tuirenn will always conduct an in-depth interview with you about your wishes and, whenever possible, he will interview extended family members and friends to get “their side of the story”.

This interview usually take place at your home or we can arrange to meet in an important place to you. The discussions and gathering of personal details and memories can take between 1 to 3 hours. Tuirenn often conducts further phone interviews with other family members and friends and further research which can take many extra hours.

A celebrant-led Living Funeral ceremony is a collaboration with you for you, and to give you the Final Chapter that you would most like. As an experienced Celebrant, Tuirenn will guide you and your family and friends through a discussion of your wishes and arrive at your own dedicated ceremony.

How long does it take you to write a Living Funeral ceremony?

As your Celebrant, Tuirenn will write and provide a complete script reflecting the your desires, and your family’s thoughts, wishes and memories.

This takes between 10 to 15 hours and it does depend on the length of the ceremony, the number of speakers and the scope of the content. Typically it would include your achievements, and stories about you as well as lighter opportunities for readings, song and merriment.

Writing the personal script is the most important responsibility of a Celebrant as well as conducting the actual ceremony.

Copyright for the script is retained by Tuirenn Hurstfield as its author .

Do I see what you have written?

Yes. We provide a full script with all words, tributes, directions, timings, running orders and music to review before the actual ceremony.

We always show you the script in advance of the celebration for factual corrections, comments and content – it is vital to us that you are receiving the best possible closure you would want.

Can family and friends speak at the ceremony?

If anything, this is essential to ensuring your Final Chapter is filled with positivity and a chance for people to honour you properly.

If you wish to speak, this is also encouraged. However, the purpose of the script is that your Celebrant can speak on your behalf and say all the things you would like to. We understand that your emotions run high, and Tuirenn is always ready to step in and be your voice if you need him to.

Can I write and plan my own funeral with you in advance of my death?

Yes. Quite often people who approach us are in good health and just want to have their own funeral ceremony planned and determined in advance – or have no family or next of kin.

We often write a script for them to review. Please see our Pre-Planning Information for services we can provide, and our fees.

We also agree to visit dying individuals in hospices, hospitals or at home.

How do we pay you?

When agreeing a contract with us personally, you will be provided an invoice for records and receipt which will give clear instruction for how payment is to be made – we do not accept cash-in-hand.

Please note: we require that half of the fee (50%) is paid as a deposit at the first meeting. The balance of the fee is due to be paid by one day in advance of the actual ceremony.

Let's Discuss Your Needs

Starting with an informal chat, we'll take it from there...

TUIRENN

An Irish Name
pronounced:
TEER-an

BASED IN CHESHIRE

But willing to travel worldwide.

Most of our ceremonies designed & delivered in Cheshire East, South Manchester & North Staffs

Let's Discuss Your Needs

Starting with an informal chat, we'll take it from there...

Let’s Connect

|||

Other End of Life Ceremonies

To say goodbye your way

To remember & reflect

Decide on your plans

To say goodbye your way

Celebrancy FAQs

All you need to know about working with a celebrant…

Always Choose Qualified

Check that your celebrant is FULLY qualified to ensure the best service!

The Perfect Ceremony

Memorable ceremonies are created through sharing what makes you “you”…

Celebrancy FAQs

All you need to know about working with a celebrant…

Always Choose Qualified

Check that your celebrant is FULLY qualified to ensure the best service!

The Perfect Ceremony

Memorable ceremonies are created through sharing what makes you “you”…