Funeral Services

Funeral Services

White Rose Ceremonies® deliver touching, unique and personal Funeral Services for your loved ones. Working closely with Funeral Directors, we provide sympathetic and respectful home visits to help you develop a funeral service that reflects the life of the person who lived.

We spend as much time with you as you need, to help you develop the service with music, poems, readings, hymns and prayers. You can choose to have hymns that resonate with your family and childhood, or more popular or classical music that evokes precious memories of special times, or a combination of both.

We naturally encourage as much participation by family and friends as emotionally possible at the time. However, we are experienced at writing eulogies (tributes) and can deliver them for the family at the service when requested to. We are there to help and support you, not take over unnecessarily.

Our funeral services work on the basis that we respect everybody’s beliefs and spirituality, but ultimately the content of the funeral service will be of the family’s choosing. As Civil Celebrants, we provide funeral services that sit comfortably between a fully religious service and a humanist ceremony that has no religious content at all.

White Rose Ceremonies® is assessed regularly by the Funeral Directors that we work with and we are proud to be members of the Institute of Civil Funerals. You can be assured that we are experienced, professional, discreet and compassionate.

Testimonials for Funeral Services

I just wanted to thank you for my dad’s services which you did so wonderfully… I found it very comforting and know dad would have been proud that his life was celebrated in such a lovely way.  Everyone commented on how nice the service was and loved learning more about dad’s life.  You really did him proud and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it. ”

Mrs NJ

“Thank you so much for all that you did not just for us but for mum everybody said how nice it was so thank you again.”

Mr KD

“I can’t thank you enough for leading such a lovely service yesterday. It was wonderful going into it knowing that we were in such safe hands and I had no doubt that all would go to plan. I was particularly impressed by the way you picked up on the essence of the person that my mother was which is not straightforward when you haven’t met someone – we are so grateful.  We now begin the next stage but at least we know that yesterday couldn’t have gone better and that is a great start.  On behalf of all of us, a huge thank you.”

Mrs CD

“Thank you so much for your help and support on Monday – you ensured that Dad received a dignified and fitting send-off, and everyone I spoke to was very complimentary about the service and the way you conducted everything. I know you do many of these services, but we all truly felt your compassion and care for Dad and all of us.”

Mr PS

“I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely service, it was perfect, couldn’t have gone any better. Everyone commented on how lovely it was.”

Miss ND

“I just wanted to email you to say a huge thank you from both my sister and me for the lovely service you delivered at my Mum’s funeral back in April, and for sending a hard copy of the service for us to keep.  Every day I miss my Mum so much, they say time heals grief but it still feels surreal she is no longer with us, but I have my memories and that keeps me going. With very best wishes and grateful thanks.”

Mrs CS

“Thank you so much for this (funeral script) – I’m delighted to receive it, and I’m sure my Mum will cherish it. I am very grateful to you for the sensitive and expert manner in which you conducted Dad’s ceremony. You made it such a memorable occasion for family and friends.”

Mr RH

“Hi Rebecca. I just wanted to thank you for the lovely service on Thursday. I couldn’t have wished for better”.

Mrs BC

“I would like to thank you for your very sensitive delivery of Dad’s funeral service.  You really helped us all to come to terms with not only our loss but also the right to celebrate his presence in our lives. We all felt we gave him a great and very fitting send off and your contribution towards that is not underestimated by any of us. With grateful thanks”.

Mrs SD

“Thank you so much for all your kind words & making the whole ceremony very intimate, personal & easy to arrange when there is so much else going on.  It was exactly as we wanted it.”

Mrs PR

“I just wanted to email and say thank you for the lovely service you arranged for my Mum. Everyone commented on how wonderful the service was and the way you had put all our memories together. It was definitely the service she would have wanted.”

Mrs LP

“Hi Rebecca, I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely service, it was perfect, couldn’t have gone any better.  Everyone commented on how lovely it was. Thanks again.”

Mrs SN

“I just wanted to send you a huge thank you for conducting such a wonderful ceremony for mum’s funeral on Monday.  The whole family were so pleased with the service, it was perfect and we know mum would have totally approved.  We had many lovely comments from the guests who all agreed it was such a lovely ceremony.”

Mrs DS

“As a family we all wanted to say thank you for the service you gave today! Everyone said how personal and lovely you made it! Thank you once again!”

Mrs SH

“We wanted to write to you to express our deepest gratitude for all that you did to make the funeral so special.  We appreciated your warmth and openness as you gathered an impression of our beloved husband and father.  The service itself, we felt, was beautiful.  We are really grateful for the way you delivered and facilitated a ceremony, which we truly feel was a befitting tribute to him.”

Mrs UV

“The turnout was amazing, and the service was perfect, so many people have commented on that.  I can’t thank you enough for being there for us on the day, and leading up to the service, helping us put it all together, without your knowledge and expertise it would not have been so beautiful.”

Mrs AL

“Dear Rebecca, this is just a note to say once again how thankful we were to have you conduct the service for Robert. It was everything we wanted for him. Very personal but also, under your experienced hand, very dignified which is so important on these occasions. The fact that we were able to have a mixture of the ‘religious’ part with the hymns and the Lord’s Prayer as well as your personal words for the committal, etc., made it perfect and acceptable to all.  Thank you for forwarding the order of service. It was lovely to be able to read it over again and to take it all in more completely.”

Mrs LT

“Hi Rebecca, I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say thank you for your kind words and support during our sad loss. Your empathy and professionalism has shone through unrelentingly from the first time we met, through to the funeral service and beyond. You have a great gift.”

Mr KJ

“Dear Rebecca, just a note to say how pleased mum and myself were with the whole of Dad’s funeral. It was lovely everything about it couldn’t have been better, I think he would have been very happy. Many people commented on the whole service and thought the Eulogy was dad through and through. Thank you once again for a perfect end for such a lovely man.”

Mrs LR

“Dear Rebecca, the service was perfect, so many people have commented on that.  I can’t thank you enough for being there for us on the day, and leading up to the service, helping us put it all together, without your knowledge and expertise it would not have been so beautiful.”

Mrs AM

“Dear Rebecca, just a note to say how pleased mum and myself were with the whole of Dad’s funeral. It was lovely, everything about it couldn’t have been better, I think he would have been very happy. Many people commented on the whole service, and thought the Eulogy was Dad through and through.  Thank you once again for a perfect end for such a lovely man.”

Mrs LR

Many thanks for handling things so beautifully. My relatives have commented on how appropriate and true to my Mum that the eulogy was. Thank you so much.

Ms SW

“Rebecca, I just wanted to thank you for Friday. The service was very “Ritt” and you got the timing and tone spot on. The day, although very difficult and emotional for us all, has left us with the feeling that we did him proud. Your part in achieving that will never be forgotten, so once again many thanks.”

Mr RK

“Thank you for your very professional presentation of mums life and love’s at her funeral on Monday. We received many positive comments. Thank you once again.”

Mr SJ

“We wanted to thank you for the service you conducted for my sister and her husband.  The service was, without a doubt, exactly as they would have wished and very comforting for us as their family.  Thank you also for the time and consideration you put into creating the Order of Service and Eulogy for them and for making it special for us all.  So many people said to us that your Eulogy was so appropriate and that they felt that it was a service they could relate to, even a cousin who is a devout Catholic!  With grateful thanks for all you did.”

Mrs EC

“This is just a note to say once again how thankful we were to have you conduct the service for Robert. It was everything we wanted for him. Very personal but also, under your experienced hand, very dignified which is so important on these occasions. The fact that we were able to have a mixture of the ‘religious’ part with the hymns and the Lords Prayer as well as your personal words for the committal, etc., made it perfect and acceptable to all.  Thank you for forwarding the order of service. It was lovely to be able to read it over again and to take it all in more completely. With all good wishes.”

Mrs LT

 “Thank you so much for all you did for us.   The service was perfect – it reflected exactly what we wanted to say without being overly sentimental – everyone commented on what a lovely service it was and I am sure Mum would have been really proud. Thanks again and all the best for the future.”

Mrs JW

 “Thank you so much for the beautiful service. It was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t have wished for anything better. Your calmness, professionalism and sincerity shone through. All of our family and friends commented as to how beautiful a service it was. Mum would have loved it. Also thank you for the copy of the service. It will certainly be a wonderful reminder of a sad but special day.  Thank you again Rebecca.”

Mrs TH

“Thank you so very much for everything you did to help us prepare for Dad’s funeral service last Wednesday and, especially, for the beautiful service itself. So many of our family and friends commented on how lovely it was and how warmly and sincerely you led us all through it. It was very moving and Dad would have approved, I’m sure. It’s been a very difficult time, but your compassion and support has helped us through and enabled us to create a fitting tribute for our Dad that we can cherish forever. I’m very grateful to have met you and had your support at this most difficult time of life.”

Mrs KM

“Thank you for the copy of the funeral service and a special thank you so much for conducting the funeral, so many people commented how professional and personal the service was.”

Mrs PD

“Thank you so much Rebecca for the lovely service you gave for my mum.  It was so beautifully done and with so much feeling even though you had never met mum. Thank you for all the help you gave our family, it was very much appreciated at a difficult time.”

Mrs LD

 “Just a heartfelt ‘thank you so much’ for conducting Dad’s Service yesterday with such care, compassion and professionalism. It was a tough day for us all but you made it all go so smoothly. Dad would have been very pleased! I am sure he was overseeing proceedings and will be forever with us. Thank you.”

Mrs TG

“Thank you very much for the lovely service for dad on Friday. It was very thoughtful, moving and personal to dad.  Everyone commented on how beautiful it was. Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Mrs JH

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the lovely service for Mum, it was just perfect.  It all came together and even the weather was kinder than it was forecast.  We had so many comments about how lovely it all was and that is a great comfort.  Thank you.”

 Mrs TB

“Rebecca, I know I speak on behalf of the whole of my family when I say how impressed we were with your sensitivity and delivery of mum’s service on Friday.  We felt your warmth, compassion and ability to connect with mum and us – a true skill.  We felt comfortable and safe in your hands after our first meeting.  Indeed, we received wonderful comments about the service.  May I thank you so much for your help and support through this very difficult time; it has been an inspiration meeting you and we would recommend you to anyone else who is unfortunately in the same situation and in need of help.  With many, many thanks…”

Mrs CS

“I would like to thank you for sending through the transcript my Mother’s funeral service, it is something that I will treasure forever.  Although tough to read I was able to digest every detail that I had perhaps missed on the day and am now able to draw comfort from what was a very moving and memorable day.  It was lovely to have my Mothers wishes carried out just as she would have wanted and we were all touched by the delivery of your kind and caring words.  Many thanks again and wishing you all the best.”

Mrs KB

“Rebecca is an exceptional Celebrant and I have had had the pleasure of working with her at numerous Ceremonies. She has a wonderful warm manner and an understanding of her families that makes her stand out from the many other Celebrants on the Internet.  She integrates well with the families she works alongside and strives to capture the true essence of the loved one she is giving tribute to on everyone’s behalf when conducting the Service. She is such a lovely pleasant person to work with and I have no hesitation in highly recommending her.”

Stephen Wain, Stephen Wain Bereavement Services

“Thank you so much for conducting the funeral service for my mother so sensitively and thoughtfully. I don’t think it could have been any better. Thank you too for the transcript. May you continue with your service for many years, bringing comfort to others.”

Mrs B

“Dear Rebecca thanks for all that you did, everyone who was there said what a lovely service it was, you were so calming. Once again thanks for making the day.”

Mr B

“Hello Rebecca, I didn’t want anymore time to pass without sending initial thanks via email, for the wonderful support you gave leading up to and including the service for my dear Dad.  There are times when words barely seem enough and this I fear, might be one of them. However, I will try, all the same:
I want you to know that as a family, we talked endlessly over the weekend about all the wonderful intricacies that went to make up my dear Dad’s funeral service. It touched us all deeply and which, in truth was in no small part down to you- both in terms of your expert guidance leading us all up to the day; but also, your timely and caring delivery on our most difficult of days.  From my perspective, I want to share with you that the contribution/s you made throughout my Dad’s funeral service (which in all likelihood, was one of the most difficult 30 minute periods of my life I was ever likely to face), transformed my personal overall experience into one that was hugely moving, memorable and surprisingly positive. Moreover, as a result of this, I know I will continue to draw genuine peace, comfort and strength from it all and over the coming weeks, months and beyond.  For this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart Rebecca. You are quite wonderful”

Mrs T

“Dear Rebecca, I would like to thank you for carrying out my dear sisters wishes at her funeral. Some time ago she told me that she had arranged her funeral and chosen the hymns and all that was required was for someone to say some nice words about her. Well you certainly did that. It made all of us feel humble and also proud, she was a loving sister and Mother and for you to convey those kind words gave all of her family and friends a great amount of comfort. The whole service was beautifully conducted from beginning to end and you take all the credit for it being so. It was everything I wished for and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. After the service all I spoke to remarked on how wonderful the service was carried out.  Once again, thank you for making a sad day something I will love and cherish for the remainder of my days.”

Mr C

“Hello Rebecca.  You may just recall conducting my husband’s funeral service in September last year. I have just got round to filing away the documents from that time, and reading through the service again.  I recalled how professionally yet warmly, you helped us through such a difficult time and want to offer my sincere thanks to you again. I have had much support, especially at Christmas and am enjoying village activities in this friendly spot. I do hope life is being as kind to you, as you are to those in their sadness.”

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Dear Rebecca, this is a short note to thank you, not only for the excellent way you conducted the ceremony for my Mum, but also for being so helpful, kind and considerate throughout.  At such difficult times, having guidance and support of the kind you offered is most comforting, and helps those grieving to get through the sad period and the funeral more easily. After the ceremony, here at home, our small group of friends and family was unanimous in their praise for the content, tone and atmosphere of the ceremony and believed it had helped enormously to say farewell in a meaningful manner.  With renewed thanks.”
Mr CS
“Thank you so much for your email..what a lovely happy service you gave Vicki today, a fitting send off for her in every way”
Mrs BB
“Hi Rebecca words cannot express how you did Shane proud on his day . You were absolutely fabulous , kind,caring,supportive and very sincere…. a BIG thank you and hug for everything you have done . You are truly amazing.”
Mrs SJ
“I just wanted to thank you, on behalf of my Mum and all the family, for all your kind support and advice leading up to, and during, my Dad’s funeral.It all went very well and, although it was sad, it was also a fulflling day for us. The wake afterwards turned out to be a very positive experience when we met many of Mum and Dad’s friends.  Thanks again for your help.”
Mr RM

“Following my husband’s memorial, I am writing to express my thanks for the service that you conducted….  Your respect and understanding for us as a family were much appreciated; as well as taking the time to make yourself freely available, if we needed to contact you either by phone or email. We were grateful for the very caring manner with which you dealt with everything regarding the memorial.  The warmth that you showed us, during this difficult time, was much appreciated.”

Mrs W

“Thank you so much for how you conducted dad’s service – it was a fitting tribute and mum was really happy. A number of people commented to us how lovely it was also, very genuine.”

Emma

“The ceremony was perfect.  Your contribution, your calming voice and presence, was excellent.  My brothers and Gill’s friends thought the service “was just right”.   Thank you for getting me through this difficult time.  I will never forget your kindness.”

Betty