I have been doing funerals for the last year, and have now added weddings and namings to my portfolio. My first funeral was that of my mother which alerted me to the fact that I could do ceremonies and enjoyed it. For my training I had to put together a variety of ceremonies for all sorts of different circumstances. These included a Renewal of Vows which I crafted as a play because the couple had drama as the central part of their romance and marriage; a wedding ceremony for a same sex very politically active couple; a woodland naming for a pair of twins and a renaming of a lady after her escape from a toxic and violent marriage. All these meant that I had to research names, situations and love stories and include all sorts of symbolism and ritual including handfasting and lovespoon ceremonies.
I offer natural, simple and meaningful ceremonies, threaded through with symbolism, sentiment and ritual. Working in partnership means regular consultation until you are happy with the ceremony and only then will it be published. After the ceremony you will receive up to 3 free bound copies of the script to keep.
I have done pet funerals and memorials to help with the very real grieving process after the loss of a dear pet, explaining and honouring that death with care as often this is the first experience of death a child may have. I offer Life After Loss Cafes as a practical support group for those who have experienced any kind of loss - bereavement, job loss, divorce, pet loss, children leaving home to name but a few and as part of this support I offer the chance to honour that change in circumstances formally with a small intimate ceremony in the home.
Daisy Chain Weddings: Outdoor, Bohemian, Folk, Festival. Preferably in the great outdoors, but otherwise in small, rural venues, people's gardens, hospitals. Intimate ceremonies bursting with symbolism, ritual and joy. Pagan celebrations - handfastings, broom jumping, calling in the ancestors, family and audience participation - pets too if the venue approves.
Pushing up the Daisies Funerals: Green burials preferred over cremations - anything to give the family and friends more time and space to say goodbye in the best way for them. I am a trained Funeral Director too and can therefore advise on options not always identified - for example home funerals. Will do cremations if required, but would advice also a memorial to celebrate the life.
Fresh as a Daisy Namings: Family centred ceremonies either outdoor or inside. Full of symbolism, tradition and meanng. Including anointing with water infsed with essential and relevant oils, the making of promises by parents and 'god'parents, fun abut meaningful activites for the siblings
Wheel of the Year outdoor seasonal celebrations - dancing, music, meditation and ritual
Divorce cermonies, house and home blessings, new job/business ceremonies, acknowledging miscarriages and any other major rites of passage people woukd like to have honoured and respected.
Pet funerals and memorials.
Why Choose ALISON
For me an honest commitment it at the heart of every celebration be that a joyful commitment by a couple to share their life together, gifting a child with a name or bidding a fond farewell to a loved one, and I consider it my privilege and honour to be trusted to provide a ceremony which reflects that commitment. Drama and performance are in my blood and my training as a teacher as well as a celebrant ensures an attention to detail in all aspects of our work together. The challenge of preparing and delivering a bespoke service that is choreographed using your wishes and my skills is so exciting. I have an open mind and am happy to work with people from most faiths and spiritual paths, any race and colour and any sexual leanings. If people are willing to make the commitments they want celebrating then I will help them all the way, however quirky or different that is, and I will always work in partnership with my customers to achieve the day they want.