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Top Note Ceremonies at your service

with Steve Pritchard-Jones

Celebration of Life Ceremony Package

Crematorium or other venue from £220
Extended service into the wake £75 extra

Including veteran and masonic funerals

Pet funerals & Interment of ashes

 

A Civil Funeral Ceremony is an honourable and fitting event to remember and celebrate the life of your loved one. A completely unique, personal, tribute to reflect the wishes of the family and of the deceased.

Each funeral or celebration of life ceremony is bespoke, and in order to create a fitting and memorable, occasion, I spend time to get to know you and your family, gathering information on your loved one. I will work with you to choose the music, readings, poems, songs, and any props or regalia that will help to tell the story on the day. The service can be completely free of religious content but, if you would like to include hymns and prayers, they can be accommodated too.

I will write the first draft and you will receive a copy to read and make any adjustments until you are completely happy with everything, because after all, this ceremony belongs to you and your family.

On the day of the funeral or celebration of life, I’ll be there to greet you then lead you through this highly emotional occasion with empathy.

Working together we will create a compassionate service in which everyone can express their emotions freely and will feel glad to have been part of such a fitting and special tribute to a much cherished life of your loved one.

Masonic Funeral

The Masonic Funeral Service and the Graveside Address are beautiful pieces of literature. It’s simple and straight forward and will touch the hearts of everyone present, Masons and non-Masons.

A Masonic funeral is an option for Freemasons at any of the three levels in a Masonic Lodge -  Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason.

What sets Masonic funerals apart are the rituals, the focus, and the emphasis on inclusion. Masonic practices don’t claim to be a religion or a faith tradition. Though much of their ritual is of a religious context, it’s not referred to as a faith. This allows members of a lodge to practice their own religion.

A masonic service will focus on what the deceased did with the time he was given on earth and prompts people to engage with death in a rational, thoughtful manner.

The rituals and wording set Masonic funerals apart in most people’s minds. If you weren’t a member of a lodge, or familiar with their customers, a masonic funeral may appear unusual to you.

Rituals are an important way to commemorate someone’s individuality. They also provide closure for mourners. In this case, it allows Freemasons to die as they lived, within a tradition of brotherhood love, relief and truth.

The words spoken at a Masonic funeral come from years of developing Masonic tradition. Of course, needs change as time passes by, and their traditions reflect that.

One of the most important funeral rites is the lambskin apron. It takes the place of a casket flag in Masonic funerals. It’s draped over the deceased’s casket and treated with the utmost respect as a sign of his Masonic membership.

One of the most important Masonic funeral customs is committal because it allows Freemasons to commit the deceased’s soul to God. But the words used also focus on committing the soul to their resting place. This graveside emphasis on eternal rest is comforting, especially to those left behind.

For further informationClick here to read my Blog about Masonic Funerals

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

 

The Last Post

I have over 35 years’ experience of playing the trumpet, cornet and bugle all over the UK and Europe. I have performed The Last Post at War Cemeteries in France and Belgium.

The bugle call, the “Last Post” is probably one of the most emotional moments you will experience and as a past member of the Territorial Army (Light Infantry), I totally understand its significance to both serving and retired Military personnel as well as retired members of the Emergency Services, and their families.

I perform  with professionalism and dignity and if the Last Post is required as part of the celebrant offer, there is no additional charge.

There is a charge if I’m booked only play the Last Post, and I will liaise with the family, funeral director or another celebrant, to ensure that it all runs without a hitch.

If required, I'm able to perform "Sunset" for the Funeral Services of ex-Royal Marines and the Cavalry "Last Post" and "Reveille" for ex-Cavalry/Royal Artillery personnel.

Free initial virtual consultation via Zoom, Teams, or WhatsApp FaceTime, or a face to face meeting at a venue of your choice.
Additional virtual follow-up meetings as required
WhatsApp communication as required
‘Getting to know the person’ questionnaire
Writing the ceremony script
Officiating the ceremony
Perform the Last Post on bugle, if appropriate
Perform live music on the keyboard or trumpet, if required
Extended Ceremony into the Wake Venue
One hour ceremony following the funeral ceremony at the wake venue
Master of Ceremonies - invite mourners to share find memories or read a poem
Perform live music on the keyboard, if required

Every ceremony is bespoke to your requirements and a total price will be given before any commitment is made.
Travel expenses (50p per mile after 30 miles) and hotel fees will be charged additionally if applicable.

Interment or scattering of Ashes Ceremony Package
From £50

The scattering of the ashes ceremony a special occasion to commemorate the life of a loved one. The occasion will be meaningful, memorable, heartfelt and dignified but the best thing about this ceremony is that that it is entirely up to you how you do it.

It is a fantastic opportunity to give your loved one the send-off they would have wished for.

Things to consider,

Where would be appropriate for the scattering to take place (you may need permission from the landowner)?

Select a date and time; anniversaries are particularly poignant. The time of the ceremony should be considered because if you’ve chosen somewhere that gets busy and you want privacy you should choose a quieter time of day.

Consider who should be there. Do you want close family or friends as well?

Example Scattering of Ashes Order of Service

  • Welcome
  • Poem, reading, or quotes
  • Brief Eulogy
  • Scattering or Internment of the ashes
  • Symbolic actions - shaking hands, plant a flower or a tree. light a candle, scatter seeds etc
  • Prayer (if required)
  • Final words of goodbye

What the package includes:

Free initial virtual consultation via Zoom, Teams, or WhatsApp FaceTime, or face to face meeting at a venue of your choice.
Additional virtual follow-up meetings as required
WhatsApp communication as required
‘Getting to know the person’ questionnaire
Special ritual materials
Writing the ceremony script
Officiating the ceremony

Every ceremony is bespoke to your requirements and a total price will be given before any commitment is made.
Travel expenses (50p per mile after 30 miles) and hotel fees will be charged additionally if applicable.

PET FUNERAL Ceremony Package
From £150

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal. – Irish Blessing.

 

Pets are part of the family and losing a furry friend can be devastating, especially when they have shown towards you unconditional love and been a source of companionship. I have two dogs, Reilly and Otis and I know far too well that family members have a bond with their pets and when a pet dies, that bond has now been broken. For children in the family, the death of their pet can be the first time that they experience the loss of a friend who has been a constant in their life.

A pet funeral or scattering of the ashes can take any form you wish and can include readings, poems, sharing memories, to music and a farewell ritual such as the Candle Lighting ritual – the choice is yours. I will work with you to create a personalised & meaningful ceremony for your pet.

There are plenty of ways to remember your family pet, here are a few examples:

Plant a tree, shrub or flower in their memory.

Turn their paw print into a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Create a soft toy from their bedding.

Give something back by donating to a charity in their memory.

Leave a tribute to your pet on the Top Note Ceremonies Facebook page.

Create a Book of Remembrance.

Place a personalised marker or stone in your garden to create a special memorialised area.

Have a piece of artwork created

Have a piece of music composed

Create a photo book or fill a memory box with keepsakes and special photos of your pet.

 

Please remember that there is no shame in the level of emotions we feel before, during and after the loss of a family pet. Holding a special pet ceremony can help you say goodbye in a way that is meaningful and helps you navigate the grief. It will be a source of comfort in your grief and loss.

Free initial virtual consultation via Zoom, Teams, or WhatsApp FaceTime, or a face to face meeting at a venue of your choice.
Additional virtual follow-up meetings as required
WhatsApp communication as required
‘Getting to know the pet’ questionnaire
Writing the ceremony script
Officiating the ceremony
Perform live music on the keyboard or trumpet, if required

Every ceremony is bespoke to your requirements and a total price will be given before any commitment is made.
Travel expenses (50p per mile after 30 miles) and hotel fees will be charged additionally if applicable.