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Memorial Ceremonies

For Life's Journey - Civil Funeral Celebrancy | based in Macclesfield
  • MEMORIES & REFLECTIONS

    For a less formal service, memorial ceremonies enable a truly personal goodbye for families and the wider community. Lovingly crafted to give the send off your loved one most deserves…

  • REFLECTION IN YOUR OWN WAY

    We provide bespoke memorial services, funeral services, scattering of ashes services, living funerals and more. We know you need to reflect at these times, and we’ll look after you every step…

  • 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

Memorial Services in Cheshire East, South Manchester & North Staffs

A unique memorial ceremony, led by an Independent Celebrant, can provide a loving reflection and lasting closure to celebrate someone so important to us

Memorial Services may be held at any time that is convenient or significant to you. Many people hold memorial services in the weeks following the death, but might also hold memorial services on the anniversary of the death of their loved one.

 

There are also times when the funeral service for a loved one itself is not appropriate for a larger crowd. Or perhaps there are too many people wishing to attend that the family and immediate relatives do not feel comfortable having.

If the deceased was a highly regarded member of their community, or social group – perhaps they played for a local sports team, or were a local public figure – the number of attendees at a funeral can sometimes become overwhelming.  Similarly, if they were a young person at school, college or university.  In each case, many people beyond the immediate family can be deeply affected and mourn the loss of such a remarkable and well-loved individual. 

 

A Memorial Ceremony provides an opportunity for the family to make the actual funeral private, but still offer a dignified chance for those significant ‘others’ to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes.

 

The Memorial Ceremony is different to the funeral. This ceremony will focus much more on the day-to-day life of the deceased and the range of people who might have been connected with their activities. The decisions around delivery of a Memorial Ceremony are entirely yours: who will be involved and in what capacity is entirely up to you.

 

This is a real chance for people closely connected to deliver readings, tell their stories and memories, sing and share. Most importantly, this is about a community representing the multiple facets that made the person they are celebrating uniquely “them”.

 

Memorial services may be held in any location. Many people choose locations with personal significance, such as a favourite beach, park, or family home, or locations that can accommodate a large group, such as a religious place of worship, a favourite restaurant, a banquet hall, or other event space.

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Memorial Ceremony FAQs

For Life’s Journey and Tuirenn Hurstfield will make sure the memorial ceremony is just right for the person who has passed away and their circumstances. Their story will be told in precisely the way you want their story to be told.

As the Independent Celebrant, Tuirenn can write the Memorial Ceremony and engage with others for contributions. On the day, he will lead the ceremony in a sensitive and professional manner.

What is your Memorial Service Fee Tariff?

If For Life’s Journey/Tuirenn Hurstfield performed the original Funeral Ceremony, there is a 40% discount on the fees listed below:

  • Standard Length Memorial Ceremony (45-60 minutes) – £295
  • Extended Memorial Ceremony (60-120 minutes) – £385

— any additional symbolic elements included may incur a small charge for tools purchased

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

Where can a memorial ceremony be held?

A memorial ceremony is best held in a place that reflects the person being celebrated.

You may want a memorial service in a favourite place, such as a park or woodland, on the beach, or even at home.

The most important factor to consider is that the space or location is suited to the size of crowd that may be attending. Special permission may need to be sought if this is in a public space to ensure there is no disruption to the ceremony itself, and any local rules are adhered to.

Some like a memorial service prior to going to the crematorium or burial ground. If this is something you would like to consider, we are happy to discuss the options available to you.

What can go in to a memorial ceremony?

ANYTHING!

The memorial service is usually a true celebration of the life lived. This means that the ceremony is usually not as sombre as a funeral service, and can focus on the stories of the deceased’s life. Often the service is made up much more of readings (extracts of text and poems), song (especially if any contributors are musically able), personal anecdotes and memories.

A memorial service literally serves the memories of the person we have lost. If you believe it is what your loved one would have wanted, then you cannot go wrong.

Do you carry out Scattering of Ash Ceremonies as part of a memorial?

Yes, sometimes families like to coincide a memorial service with the actual Scattering of Ashes. If For Life’s Journey/Tuirenn Hurstfield performed the initial funeral ceremony then there will be no additional charge to the Memorial for including the Scattering of Ashes.

You can find out more about our Scattering of Ashes Ceremonies service here

How do you write & conduct your scripts?

Tuirenn will always conduct an in-depth interview with the next of kin and, whenever possible, he will interview extended family members and friends.

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. He will then ensure those that wish to contribute as speakers, singers or any other symbolic elements are included and positioned in the appropriate place in the ceremony.

A celebrant-led memorial ceremony is a collaboration with the family. As an experienced Celebrant, Tuirenn will guide you and family and friends through a discussion of your wishes and those of the deceased to arrive at your own dedicated ceremony.

Can family and friends speak at the service?

Absolutely! We always encourage participation in the service if this is what you want and will do our best to support anyone who wishes to speak. A memorial service is often best when people who knew the deceased actively participate.

Equally, we understand that it is hard to predict how you will feel on the day. In our experience, the most common fear is that you will be overcome with emotion and struggle to deliver your reading, poem or tribute.

This is completely understandable so we would normally suggest that you provide Tuirenn with a copy of the words you want to deliver in advance, so that he can step in if you need him to. Usually, just knowing that someone else can take over if necessary is enough to help you deliver your words yourself.

How long does it take you to write a memorial ceremony?

As your Celebrant, Tuirenn will very often write and provide a complete script reflecting family and friends’ 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 the achievements, and stories about the person who has died.

However, if the funeral was originally delivered by us, then much of the initial understanding of the person being memorialised has already been done. So, the hours reduce and hence the discounted fee.

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

Do you show the family 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 the next of kin (and/or designated family contact) the script in advance of the memorial for factual corrections, comments and content.

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 memorial 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

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