When someone close to you dies it's a sad and emotional time. It's important to honour their life respectfully; in a way that best reflects them and is meaningful for those who are left behind. Some people may choose to make this ceremony a celebration of life.
A funeral is a rite of passage and my job is to support you to create the ceremony that is just right for your loved person and for you and your family.
I work closely with your funeral director to support you through the planning and delivery of the ceremony for your loved one. My commitment is to hold this space for you safely as you say farewell.
I will listen to you carefully to capture the essence and special qualities of your loved one so that I can write and tell their story faithfully, based on what you share with me. This is your ceremony, personal and unique to your person and your family. You, your family and your friends may wish to participate in the ceremony, and if so we will talk about how you would like to do this.
I will liaise with you as you decide what feels most comfortable for you . Many people already have an idea of the music and readings they would like, and I am always happy to make suggestions about these and to source them for you.
You may wish to include religious elements or cultural rituals, and we can work together to ensure that these are respectfully included.
Before the funeral I will talk through with you what to expect.
During this challenging time of COVID-19 my meeting with you and your family will be via Zoom, FaceTime or SKYPE. Special arrangements can be made for people with additional needs.
'Carole took the time to get to know my husband and capture details of his life and put them into a personal service. She was very patient and helped us pick out poems to represent what John would like. We had many compliments from friends and family who attended the funeral in person and via weblink of what a wonderful celebration of his life it was. Carole made the whole situation easy and made us all feel comfortable.
In a difficult time, you can’t really ask for more.
Thank you. Christine, Sarah and Claire'
'Thank you Carole for the beautiful service. Your attention to detail to get to know the family, write the script and deliver with your personal brand of warmth and empathy is just what was needed. You are a wonderful narrator''
'Many thanks for the service yesterday for Gloria. It was beautiful, just perfect.'
'Everyone was very impressed with everything and we all felt that Mastersons did a fantastic job.
I wanted to say a particular 'thank you' to you for your truly lovely ceremony. It was conducted with grace, solemnity, warmth and conviction. So many times speeches like this feel contrived or condescending, but the amount of work you put in with research, various drafts and an obvious talent for telling the tale of somebodies life really showed. Everybody said afterward how lovely the ceremony was and commented particularly on yourself. I am so glad it was you who told my mum's story.
Carol also echoed my comments above and asked me to pass on her heartfelt thanks and love'
'Organising a funeral during pandemic times can be frustrating and difficult let alone doing this in a different country to ones own.
Carole helped us feel at ease and was totally flexible with all our changes and thoughts that perhaps differed from the “ traditional” way of doing things !
She prioritized getting to know as much as she could about my Brother Peter who passed away at Marie Curie April 7th , so that she could help us create an amazing celebration of his life.
Carole was welcoming and warm which was comforting to myself and Laura ( our cousin) as we set out into the unknown of funeral organizing .
Carole answered out many questions and was always available when we had more ! Her reading of Peters last literary work on his journey back to Zimbabwe was heartfelt and we are so grateful '
Thank you Carole .
Anne Margot - Vermont USA