Celebrant Information

David Abel
Location: Woodford Halse
Distance: 13.8 miles
Weddings: Yes
Handfastings: Yes
Funerals: Yes
Other: Yes
Trained by: FOIC
Insured: Yes

At Creative Ceremonies, David works hard to create a truly memorable, meaningful and personalised wedding or commitment ceremony, which exceeds all expectations.
His fee for conducting a wedding in England or Wales is GBP 1,000. There are no hidden extras.
David regularly conducts ceremonies at Stonehenge.

Please look at some of the recent weddings David has conducted ...

As an ordained Celebrant, he does what he loves and loves what he does.
David offers a Heartfelt, Personal ceremony.

During 2016 his focus will remain arranging & conducting Funeral services.
Traditionally you would choose between a 'Vicar' or 'Humanist' to conduct a funeral service.
A choice between a 'religious' church service, or a humanist service without any aspect of religion.
Opposite ends of the spectrum! Quite literally 'poles apart'

You now have another option! A funeral service that's all about you, your family and your loved one.
This is where David has been truly gifted. He bridges the gap between the two above extremes!
A funeral service with 'as much' or 'as little' spiritual content as you wish - or no spiritual content at all.

Retired from ordained church ministry, which constrained him far too much, he now offers bereaved families a funeral service with 'as little' or 'as much' spirituality as you require - whether the service be cremation or burial. No restriction on content!

He has an affinity with nature. Should you choose a natural burial, or interment of ashes at a natural burial ground then you will be guaranteed a unique, beautiful & heartfelt service. Emma at Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground will provide you with lots of loving help and answer questions you may have regarding natural burial.

"Time to say goodbye"

The day on which you say your final farewell is like no other.
When the inevitable happens it is reassuring to know that David is available to help and guide you through the process and assist you to make arrangements at what can be a very upsetting time.

A time when friends and family come together to say goodbye to a loved one. When we lose someone very dear to us, not only should we mourn their passing but we should celebrate their life and achievements.

Please allow David the honour and privilege of performing this last task for your loved one. He will visit you at your home to meet with, and talk to, family members. A heartfelt, personal ceremony will then be written.

His promise to you: 'it will be a precious opportunity for expressing grief, saying goodbye, giving thanks and celebrating life'. It will be a service that flows from your beliefs and wishes, and those of the person who has passed away.

David has been conducting funerals that truly reflect the personality of the loved one - rather than the traditional style of funeral that appear to be the norm.

Increasingly, bereaved families are customising ceremonies to honour & respect their loved ones in ways that reflect their spirit and personality. There is a clear shift away from the formal and traditional ceremony (with all its liturgy) to a real celebration of life. This is an area where David is experienced, and truly gifted, in hand crafting a personal service to celebrate the life of the loved one who has passed away. He has written and conducted many services in his 'home' area around Banbury, Warwick and Oxford. He has also recently held services in Eastbourne, Runcorn (Cheshire), Southampton and Leatherhead (Surrey).

Sleeping Angels is a celebrant led funeral service for miscarriages, stillbirth and babies.

Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground is a beautiful nature reserve burial ground. In glorious countryside at the edge of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sun Rising offers peace and security you will feel wholly confident with - together with a caring, supportive and professional service for each and every family.

If you are not 'churchgoers' then there are three beautiful alternatives you may prefer to consider.

Chapel Ceremony at a Crematorium. The chapels are modern, beautiful, tastefully decorated and offer music (piped, recorded or organ). The service would be followed by Cremation and the ashes could either be scattered or interred.
Funeral home with a Private Chapel. Followed by either a traditional Burial or Cremation. Maybe also consider a Natural Burial Ground for burial or Interment of ashes.
Green Funeral at a Natural Burial Ground. Sites can be mown wild flower meadows, field sites where new woodland is being established, set within existing woodland or more manicured parkland settings. You can choose to have the full service at the Natural Burial Ground, or if there is to be a cremation then the remains can be interred there

You choose whether to have a traditional style service with hymns, readings and prayers or something more different. David will discuss the service with sympathy, sensitivity and understanding.

  • Part Religious Funerals
  • Non-Religious Funerals
  • Naturalist Pantheist Funerals (I am a World Pantheist Movement Celebrant)
  • Humanist Funerals
  • Agnostic Funerals
  • Atheist Funerals
  • Spiritual / Holistic Funerals

David's services to you include:-

  • A meeting at your home, or wherever you prefer, to talk about what kind of ceremony would best suit the person who has passed away.
  • We will discuss their life and maybe consider family members or friends who would like to take part.
  • Children can be involved as often they provide the most colourful and vivid memories which can be incorporated into the service.
  • Discussing and arranging any particular music to be played on entering or leaving?
  • Considering favourite poems or readings?
  • Considering any spiritual or religious content eg The Lord's Prayer or a favourite hymn?
  • Do you have any favourite memories or interesting stories?
  • The Ceremony will be prepared including writing a tribute for you, or assist family and friends in delivering their own tributes.
  • Your Funeral Director and David will work closely together, with members of staff at the crematorium or burial ground, ensuring the Ceremony proceeds according to your wishes.
  • On the day of the ceremony David will be there with you, to conduct the Service.

David is experienced, and truly gifted, in hand crafting a personal service to celebrate the life of the loved one who has passed away. Whilst David provides spiritual counsel for any life situation, his focus lies in assisting families with funerals/memorials, and helping families make peace when a loved one is dying. David is not religious - but spiritual by nature.

David is gifted in providing an open and creative space for families to plan a personalised ceremony that truly provides an opportunity to express grief, to say goodbye, to give thanks and Celebrate the uniqueness of life..

Please call to discuss how David may help.


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