Hello I’m Buddy Boyd and I am a member of the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants. I am based in Newcastle upon Tyne and cover the whole of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.
When it comes to planning a funeral more and more people nowadays are looking to make the occasion a celebration of their loved ones life. In many instances the bereaved feel that the traditional religion-based ceremony doesn't match the beliefs, ideals or the personality of the deceased.
In some cases the deceased and their loved ones do not have strong religious beliefs and, therefore, prefer to avoid any religious inclusion, whilst others may want a mix of hymns, popular or classical music, prayers, poems or prose. I can however introduce a slight religious element to the celebration of your loved one with a prayer or a favorite reading.
Working with the family and friends we can make all of this possible.
From the initial call, usually via your chosen Funeral Director, we make arrangements to visit you at home - some Funeral Directors are able to make facilities available if you prefer.
I then spend some time with you to learn as much as you wish about your loved one
• Date and place of birth
• Academic history
• Working life
• Family and Friendships
• Interests, hobbies, and personal achievements
If family or friends wish to speak at the ceremony I will be happy to advise you on suitable readings and will assist with any preparation if required. We can also suggest appropriate poems or prose as well as suitable music.
I will then write the eulogy and forward it to you along with an outline of the order of service for your approval.
On the day we will await your arrival at the chosen venue, lead the ceremony and be on hand to offer assistance and support to anyone performing a reading should the need arise.
Throughout the entire planning process I am on hand to offer support during a very difficult time
"Everybody is unique and their funeral should be as special and unique as they are"- Buddy Boyd FOIC
You may need to leave a message as I may be leading a service or meeting with a family.
I will return your call on the same day.