Helen Deal


I am insured


🇬🇧 North London

🇬🇧 Middlesex

🇬🇧 Essex

I travel Nationally

& Internationally

I speak English

📞 07976 278080

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Helen Deal

Along the way to becoming a Funeral Celebrant, I’ve always worked with people and helped them tell their stories.

As a former magazine journalist, I’ve written about everyday challenges as well as lives that are really quite extraordinary. A (silent!) ‘day-in-the-life’ of a Trappist monk in a Hong Kong monastery was a favourite assignment, even at the unearthly hour of 4.00 am…

Nearer to home – in North London – I’ve documented and shared the personal histories of older people in my community, helping them feel visible again. I’ve mentored young Londoners in the aftermath of the 2011 riots, encouraging them to articulate their frustrations constructively through writing.

Everyone has a story worth telling, so reflecting back when a life comes full circle seemed a natural progression – and I love it.

Life for me is about constant learning and growth.

Everyone I meet broadens my mind, adding fresh perspective to my own most significant life-shaping experiences – being an adoptive parent, championing a mum with dementia, 10 years living in an Asian culture.


My writing and interviewing experience will be put to good use in creating a sensitive, personalised ceremony. Helping a family make new memories – while saying goodbye to a loved one – means a lot to me.

As important, I hope my nurturing nature will put you at ease at a sad time.

I will also bring along positivity, empathy, warmth and humour – as appropriate – as well as the confidence of being trained by the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants.

I Really Love…

Having a job that leaves a lasting legacy, is creative, meaningful and can help turn a traumatic time into something more bearable… 

Alongside work, I love the arts and architecture of my city, the great outdoors, train travel, overseas explorations, cats, poetry, putting the world to rights over red wine – definitely a work in progress, that one…

My rugby-fanatic, stonemason husband of course (!) and our two adult daughters; laughing with friends, as well as being there to listen when life drags them down.


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