I am a director of Heart & Soul Funerals and Green Fuse Funeral Training and work as a funeral director, arranger and celebrant. I also teach on the Green Fuse funeral celebrant and arranger training courses.
My passion is for improving family’s experiences of funerals. This is rooted in my own personal experience of the death of my father. Excluded from attending his funeral when I was ten, this has had an enormous impact on my life.
I trained in funeral celebrancy with Welfare State International, in ritual with Malidoma and Sobonfu Some and in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy. My previous experience is in nursing and later horticulture.
I founded ‘Green Fuse’ (‘Heart & Soul Funerals’s original name) in 1999. Green Fuse has since grown from providing just local funeral director services, to also becoming a national provider of funeral sector training courses.
I am married to Simon, and together we train funeral celebrants and funeral arrangers across the UK to give families support and information to find their own way to say farewell.
We are also authors of the book ‘We Need To Talk About The Funeral – 101 Practical Ways To Commemorate And Celebrate A Life’, a guide based on their work with families.
I am a director of Heart & Soul Funerals and Green Fuse Bereavement Care and work as a funeral director, arranger and celebrant. I also teach on the Green Fuse funeral celebrant and arranger training courses.
I came into this work when Jane Morrell set up Green Fuse in 1999 and have been full time since 2005. I feel that working with bereaved families and the dying is the most fulfilling and inspiring work I can do and I really want to make a difference, to help make the experience of the death, the funeral and grief in some way life affirming. Yes I accompany people at a low ebb in their lives, but also at a time when they find the courage and the spirit to make meaning from what is happening to them.
My first experience of death was when my first wife died in her early 40s. We had been separated for a year, but I arranged her funeral. Afterwards I found out that the funeral directors could have made the process easier for me – I felt channelled along their way of doing things. This brought me to think that what families need are information, openness and support to make their own decisions, for a funeral that fits their own family culture, values and lifestyle.
I have the Foundation Degree in Funeral Services from Bath University, and I am an Accredited Member of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners. I also trained in psychotherapy and wrote a book called Inner Leadership based on that work. With Jane I co-authored We Need To Talk About The Funeral – 101 Practical Ways to Commemorate and Celebrate A Life.
I love music and words, so putting together ceremonies is a great pleasure for me.