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I travel Nationally
Older Couples who marry in later life. I have worked extensively with members of the LGBT+ community. Celebrations of Life for Children.
Humanists UK, UK Society of Celebrants.
Hi, I'm Chris
Let me introduce myself, my name is Chris Cunningham, I live with my partner on the south coast of England. My journey to becoming a celebrant started over 18 years ago.
After the sudden death of my father, it fell upon me to organise his funeral. Believing the traditional path of a service officiated by a member of the church was the only one open to us. The officiant got my fathers name wrong twice, in truth, he had never met my father or any family member.
Shortly after, I attended a celebrant led ‘Ceremony of Life’ for Jack an ex-colleague. A joyous event celebrating a life well lived. A few years later, I arranged a ‘Celebration of Life’ for my mother that honoured her life as well as being a positive experience for all in attendance.
Since training as a celebrant, I now believe anything and everything is possible, as such I would be happy to discuss your requirements.
What's my ceremony style?
” Anything and Everything is Possible”, as well as listening to and discussing your requirements I am also willing to make constructive and creative suggestions.
Why choose Chris?
The decision to train as a celebrant having previously worked as a social worker for s number of years was a significant milestone in my life. The experience that my profession had equipped me with, working with people at difficult times in their life, listening with empathy, helping them make decisions as well as giving me an understanding of complex family dynamics has fitted in perfectly with the role of celebrant.
My celebrant training also covered the skills and knowledge required to officiate Weddings and Naming Ceremonies and associated life events. Over several years, I have worked with many families as a celebrant to honour the milestones at the ‘Start of Life’, the ‘Joining of Life’ and the ‘End of Life’.
As your celebrant, I will offer you the opportunity to ‘own’ your day, to create memories that will stay with you for all the right reasons and know that your wishes have been listened to.
What do I offer?
My experience spans many years, couples who wish to celebrate their love for each other in whatever way they feel is right for them.
Couples who choose to celebrate their love in their later years.
Younger couples who seek a less traditional way of celebrating their love.
Members of the LGBT+ Community with a desire to feel comfortable and totally accepted.
A bespoke celebration that matches all their requirements.
Traditional Wedding Practices to include; Hand-fasting, Ceremony of Rings, Candle Ceremony and Sand Ceremony.
Face to Face or Virtual meetings in the months leading up to the ceremony.
Working script and Order of Service – (on-going working document)
Rehearsal prior to you ‘Big Day’
Script of their own special day
POA (depending on individual requirements.)
Why choose Chris for your wedding?
“I am a safe pair of hands”, I bring to the role of celebrant experience of working with many couples to enable them to create the day they have chosen full of memories to cherish for all the right reasons.
Providing you with a day that you and your family members will remember, an opportunity to craft the ceremony that fits your requirements and ticks all your boxes.
Over the last few years, my experience has been that Naming Ceremonies more popular amongst a greater variety of people for a greater variety of reasons;
As an alternative to traditional Christenings
Children placed with their adoptive families
Step/Blended Families – coming together
Members of the Transgender Community – celebrating their new life
POA (depending on individual requirements)
Why choose Chris for your naming ceremony?
Because I want to work with you, to listen to and discuss your requirements. I will if required make constructive and creative suggestions to enhance your celebration.
To enable you and your family to make memories for all the right reasons.
Renewal of Vows
Why choose Chris for your renewal of vows?
My philosophy is that every person is an individual, as such they have an individual story to tell. They have owned their own life experiences and as such it is now the role of their nearest and dearest to honour that life.
I want to work with people to enable them to feel they have done their best to honour the wishes and feeling and the life of their loved one.
My experience of assisting families to ‘Celebrate the Life’ of their loved one spans many years.
I have during that time had the honour of officiating at both crematoria and burial grounds.
Particular experience in celebrating the life of people who have died because of suicide,
Children with life limiting conditions.
Children who were stillborn.
Members of the LGBT+ community
Memorials where people have died and been buried abroad.
Memorials for people who have chosen direct cremation.
Internment of ashes.
POA (depending on individual requirements)
Why choose Chris for your funeral?
Because I am a calm and ‘safe pair of hands’ who has experienced and understands grief, who as such will guide you through a ceremony that truly honours the life of your loved one.
I will listen and not judge, in the past I have been able to mediate discussions and decisions with families where dynamics have been difficult.
Reviews for ‘Seasons of Life’ Bespoke Ceremonies
Total Reviews: 1
Average Rating: 5
Celebration of Life
We can’t thank Chris enough for the time and trouble she took to craft Mum’s Celebration of Life. It was a real tribute to her long life and left us all with a good feeling that we had given her a good send off.