High Profile Funerals.

High Profile Funerals.

Today I spoke to a group of Celebrants at the Conference of the Institute of Civil Funerals. My remit was to talk about ‘High Profile Funerals’ and this is just the end of my speech;

“Therefore every funeral we officiate at is ‘high profile’ in some way or another; and most importantly to the people who are attending. Thats why every service I do will be treated with exactly the same amount of respect and sensitivity, they will get the same amount of time and the same opportunities. The minute I get too bowled over by one persons status in life, to me that is the minute I fail everyone else around me.

As celebrants we are the non judgemental vehicle through which people from all different walks of life can acknowledge the ‘high profile’ of their loved ones; wether that be of a woman who has worked silently for her community by looking after and loving her growing family or someone like the late Shirley Temple who died recently. Whether it be a man who has worked tirelessly for the same local company for 40 years looking after his staff really well or the late Sir Tom Finney.

We are not there to judge an individuals level of profile or to become famous ourselves as a consequence? We are there to do the best job we can for everyone and become known for doing just that….a really good job. We must look for the highest profile in all the lives we portray.”