Kate and Kate talk about what they do.
Kate and Kate talk about what they do.
Kate and Kate were proud winners of
Celebrant of the Year
at the 2019 Good Funeral Awards and
Best Funeral Information Provider 2022 and 2023 for Coffin Club UK
As independent celebrants, we are passionate about changing the face of funerals in the UK. There's no right or wrong way to conduct an end-of-life celebration, it's whatever feels right for you and whatever you feel captures and reflects the person who has died and sums up what made them them.
We're all about choice. We want you to know that you can hold your final farewell in a barn, or a village hall, or even in your back garden and that, by separating the cremation or burial from the celebration of life, you completely change the atmosphere and free yourself up to provide a much more personal experience.
A crematorium or church service is absolutely right for some people and can be a really meaningful and sincere send-off and we're very happy to facilitate a crematorium funeral if that's what you would like. But, we also want you to know, that there are other approaches available and support you in exploring those too. It really is all about empowering you to have the funeral that you want - we're all so unique and individual in life that's what we want to reflect after death, too.
Get in touch with us and we can explain to you how a ceremony conventionally runs - that gives us a starting point - from there we aim to facilitate you in whatever you might want or need to be included in your ceremony. We can make suggestions and guide you through the process from start to finish. We will then write a ceremony script, which you will have approval of... so, if there's anything you want adding, taking out or amending, we'll keep tweaking until it's exactly how you'd like it to be.
We can recommend Funeral Directors to you, or other organisations, such as end-of-life Doulas, who can support you in your end-of-life and after-death care. You don't even have to be dead to get in touch! We can work with families after someone has died but, what is also becoming more common, is to work with someone who is still alive - planning your own funeral can actually be really rewarding.
You can book us directly, even if you are using a Funeral Director. Or, you can book us via a Funeral Director.
To get in touch call Kate T on 07985295373 or Kate D on 07790128592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst some families have been kind enough to allow us to use photos from their celebration of life, we prefer not to do so. Therefore, most of the photos below are from styled shoots we have organised. We really want to show people what a funeral in a different setting might look like, without impacting on those we support. Thanks to photographers - David Thomas, Paul Weller and Georgina Piper. Venues - Powdermills Hotel, Battle, Swallows Oast, Ticehurst, Bannetynes Hotel, St Leonards.
A single-slot Hastings/Eastbourne crematorium funeral £350 (for Charing, Kent and East Sussex, Wealden £400)
A double-slot Hastings/Eastbourne crematorium funeral £400 (for Charing, Kent and East Sussex, Wealden £450)
There is an additional charge of £50 for a burial taking place in addition to a chapel service.
Alternative venue celebration-of-life from £400 (excluding travel)
Kate and Kate are members of The Good Funeral Guild.
'Dear Kate, Almost a week on from Dad's funeral everyone is still talking about the wonderful service and the day you orchestrated for Dad and people are saying that "it was the best service they have ever been to". From the moment that we all met, you were uplifting and sensitive to the type of service Mum wanted for Dad and delivered it in just the right way. The attention to detail that you wrote into the eulogy and the fun style of the delivery kept everyone upbeat. The whole service was a wonderful celebration and we couldn't have wished for anything else, nor have we have wished for a better celebrant than you. We would not hesitate to recommend your services to everyone wishing to having a celebration of someone's life at a very sad time. Thank you once again. Regards Stuart and Sarah Ladbury.'
'Hi Kate, Just a quick line to say a big thank you from all the family for the brilliant service you gave us today. I've had so many comments that people enjoyed the service which is exactly what Mum had hoped for. On a personal level I was, as you know, really dreading the day and thought I would find it a bit of an ordeal... but I have say you made it feel uplifting in a way that I didn't dare hope for. Yes, there were a few tears but on the whole it was received as a celebration of a lovely person and the life she lived. The gathering afterwards was a continuation full of chat about the content of your tribute speech. I'm just so glad we chose to have the service conducted by you. Thank you. xxxx'
'I had Kate to officiate at my husband's funeral. She came to the house beforehand to chat with us and completely put us at ease. Nothing was too much trouble for her. On the day, she made what was a very sad day more bearable for us with what she wrote and how she delivered it. I can't thank you enough, Kate, and I won't hesitate to recommend you to anyone else. Many thanks, M xxx'
My sister and I were looking for a celebrant and were recommended to Kate and Kate. We arranged to meet them and instantly knew they’d be the perfect ones to conduct a celebration of our dear Mum’s life. Kate Dyer and Kate Tym were so warm, natural and totally understanding of the atmosphere we were trying to create for our Mum’s final journey.
On the day, Kate (we only needed one Kate) arrived looking stunning. Colourful and bright - just like Mum would have wanted. She lead the service beautifully and added humour to our humanist service. The congregation laughed and cried! It was simply perfect and the most beautiful funeral I have ever been to. I had messages following the service saying the same and also that people really enjoyed it - I know that it sounds strange but they did - we did!
What a tribute to Kate. I’m still in awe of the wonderful, calm, unrushed service. It was magical and the most fitting way to have celebrated Mum’s life. Kate was simply amazing!
Thank you Kate.