My name is Lesley Mitchell, and as an Independent Celebrant, I will work with you to create and deliver the ceremony that fits your exact needs. Whether spiritual or secular, formal or informal, I will help to design a service that is right for you.
What is a Celebrant?
A Celebrant is someone certified and trained to provide a personalised service which reflects the unique character and lifestyle of the person being honoured or celebrated.
Why choose a Celebrant?
More than half of the UK population say they are not religious, and perhaps would not want a representative of an organised faith or religion to officiate at their funeral. An Independent Celebrant can prepare and deliver a service that befits the individual and their own philosophies of life and death. Unlike Humanists, an Independent Celebrant represents any and all faiths, and can incorporate prayers and blessings if asked, or omit religious references altogether.
The choice is yours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Prices start at £155 for a basic funeral. This includes our initial meeting, the creation of a personalised service, the ceremony itself, and a printed copy for you to keep after it’s over. The cost may vary depending on the length and location of the service.
You can have whatever you would like. There is no right or wrong way to conduct a funeral, so let’s have a chat about how we can make your ceremony fit the person. Are there music, a reading, poetry, reminiscences, clothing, and even any location that feels right for you? It can all be a part of your tailor-made ceremony.
Yes. Some people need more time to honour the memory of a special person, and may wish to say goodbye with more than one ceremony. It is not uncommon to have multiple services in one day, or to have ceremonies at a later date that mark an anniversary, or allow those who may have been absent an opportunity to participate.
Yes. As an Independent Celebrant, I represent the individual, not their faith. I can work with you to create a service that meets all your needs, whether or not that incorporates religious aspects. I am very comfortable including prayers and rituals of any religion in my services.
Whereas Humanists specifically eschew all religious references, practices and rituals in their services, an Independent Celebrant (if requested) is free to incorporate any and all aspects of any faith that give meaning and comfort to the participants. For example, a favourite hymn, a reading from the Torah, or even a Buddhist prayer may all be included in an Independent Celebrant’s service.
Pricing starts at – £160.00
The Initial Meeting – up to 1.5 hours: Your Celebrant will visit after taking instructions from your Funeral Director. Our job is to listen to your plans and intentions for the Service, to offer guidance and advice and to write and deliver a sensitive, respectful, entirely personal Funeral Service, in line with your wishes. You will receive a draft Order of Service within 48 hours of this initial meeting.
A Draft Eulogy is written based upon your shared information.
Tributes, Readings and Participation by others are gathered and edited as required. These are added to the Order of Service and sent to you for your amendments.
The Complete Funeral Service is written and a hard copy of the Service and all contributions is presented after the Service.
Delivering the Ceremony – up to 30 minutes: At a venue of your choice is part of your basic costs. An extended Service, additional Service at the graveside, involvement in internment or scattering of ashes would occur further pre agreed fees.
Travelling Costs – Further Cost of £10 per hour for distances over 35 miles from Aberdeen should the Ceremony be held out with Aberdeen.