Funerals

Howard Marshall is the funeral celebrant of choice in Sussex and Surrey.  A professional person, from a non-clergy background, he supports bereaved families.  He helps them to celebrate the life of the person who has died.

Howard is an experienced, independent celebrant who you can engage directly or through a funeral director.  He offers non-religious funerals as well as services with prayers and spiritual themes.  Howard ensures the service reflects the wishes of the family and the life of the deceased.

“thank you for your exemplary handling of mum’s funeral”

Howard will typically:

  • Support you from the first meeting to the end of the service
  • Ensure that the wishes of the family are carried out
  • Guide you through the day of the service, during a difficult and emotional time
  • Prepare the eulogy, together with the family, so it is a genuine reflection of the deceased
  • Ensure that the service is time-sensitive and is not rushed
The independent celebrant of choice for funerals and memorial ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey - Howard Marshall
Howard will arrange a face-to-face meeting with you, generally at your home.  If it is more convenient, you can usually meet at the funeral director’s offices.  Where a meeting is not possible, you can use phone calls, Zoom or other media.

At this initial meeting, Howard will find out about your wishes and the wishes of the deceased.   He will listen carefully to your wishes and how much participation the family or friends of the deceased would like to have in the service.

Howard will want to learn about the life of your loved one, their character, their values, and what made them the person they were.  To help tell their story, you can share memories that illustrate the different aspects of their life and of your lives together.

“it was a really good service which went very smoothly”

A celebration of life can include readings and music to help express emotions.  Howard can help you choose the most appropriate music and quotations (poetry and prose) but the choice always remains with the family.

Howard will assist you to create an “Order of Service”.  You can then confirm this to the person who will be designing and printing the service sheets.

“all of my family and all the guests thought that the service was first class”

Howard will take all of this information and create an individual service that represents the life of the deceased.  He will produce a draft of the service for you to review and will make any amendments you wish.

Finally, always a calming presence, Howard will arrive in good time on the day of the funeral to greet the mourners, liaise with the funeral director and conduct the ceremony.  Through his professionalism, he will honour the memory of the deceased and bring comfort to those mourning the loss of a loved one.

With that level of service available for as little as £220, it’s easy to see why Howard Marshall is the funeral celebrant of choice in Sussex and Surrey.  Contact Howard now for a free confidential discussion, without obligation.