Paula Evenden

As individual as your needs

Independent Funeral Celebrant

covering Herts, Beds and Bucks.

What and Why - hear it from me - an Independent Funeral Celebrant.

What is a Funeral Celebrant?  Why did I become 


As each life is unique, each funeral can be also.

A funeral is a vital part of the grieving process. It allows individuals to sensitively acknowledge their deep loss and the sadness the loss of their loved one has evoked.

A civil funeral is not driven by the beliefs and ideology of the person conducting the service. To the contrary, it is about the wishes of both the deceased and family members which is formed into a unique, fitting, meaningful and dignified ceremony that celebrates life and brings comfort to loved ones.

Welcome to my website

My aim is to enable families to create the right ceremony to celebrate the life of a loved one.

What is a Funeral Celebrant?

In the broadest sense, a Funeral Celebrant is simply the person who conducts the funeral service.

A Funeral Celebrant is a person who seeks to meet the needs of families during their time of loss and is trained to help create, with you, and then present a personalized funeral, memorial or celebration of life.

Why choose a celebrant?

Today many people are shying away from traditional memorial services and choosing instead to create a memorable, personalized life celebration, this can be with little or no religious tradition.

Celebrants are becoming more and more popular.

Why choose me?

I pride myself in my ability to be able to connect with people with ease, communicate at all levels and to work well with people during their most difficult time.  I am an empathetic, warm hearted person, who is natural, sincere, caring and sensitive.

I would feel it an honor and privilege to be entrusted with the service of your loved one.

My aim is to provide you with a creative, meaningful, well written tribute - the right ceremony to celebrate the life of your loved one.    


                            I was formally and professionally trained by the Academy of Professional 



                            I am fully insured,  DBS checked and a member of the AOIC - The Trade 

                            Association for Independent Celebrants.

                                Services for children are conducted free of charge.

The Planning Process

Your Funeral Director may pass me your details, or you can get in touch with me directly through this website. 

I will arrange an appointment with you for an initial consultation. This consultation can take place at your home, a suitable meeting place, be over the phone or as an online meeting.  You may wish to have with you, for that appointment, a relative/s or close friend.  We will talk about the person who has died, what they were like, meant to you and it will give you the opportunity to share any special stories or memories that you have.

As the ceremony outline emerges, family members may decide to contribute or participate in the ceremony. Someone may wish to read a poem or say a few words, they may even wish to write and deliver their own eulogy.  I like to have copies of any poems, reading or personal tributes within five days of our meeting, so that I can ensure that the service created flows seamlessly.  We can also discuss any music you wish to have played or have decided to have played. 

I will create the ceremony, using the information shared by those at the consultation. Once I have prepared the ceremony words, I will send it to you to read through and make any alterations that you wish. 

I will conduct the funeral service from start to finish, doing what you have asked me to. If friends or family are planning to speak during the service, I will be there to provide support to them if needed..

As a keepsake, I will provide you with a copy of the eulogy and any poems or personal tributes used giving you a record of the memories and stories shared on the day.

Celebrant Funerals

A funeral celebrant ceremony will remind you not of the day of your loved ones passing but of how they themselves were special.

Not simply repeating their name or reciting their life's resume it's providing a soul sketch.

Whilst, of course, we will mourn the person who has died we can also celebrate their life and achievements, and remember them with love and affection.

I officiate within Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire but am prepared to travel further afield, if requested.

My Reviews

​It is an honor and a privilege to do what I do. 

Comments like this are an unexpected bonus.

I was recently notified by the Academy of Professional Celebrants I was to be given an award in recognition of my dedication to the world of celebrancy.  I am now a Platinum Celebrant within my Academy.  I dedicate this award to all those who have supported, guided, encouraged and to the families who have kindly entrusted me along the way.  I will continue to strive to provide heartfelt support and services.  Every word, gesture and dignity shown, to commemorate the life of your loved one, in a way that works for you.

A final thought 

 The personalities of our loved ones shape the experiences we have shared with them during their lifetime.   We all have unique qualities, habits, hobbies, a story to be told, passions and desires. 

All these qualities should be celebrated in death, as they are treasured in life. 

A funeral ceremony can be tailored to the person it honors. A service that brings family and friends together placing your loved one at the heart of the celebration.

Helping you to design such a service for a loved one would be an enormous privilege and honor.

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Paula Evenden  - As individual as your needs.

Fully Insured. DBS checked.  Formally and Professionally Trained by The Funeral Celebrant Academy (FCA)

Email : [email protected]

Phone : 07990 534155