go your own way - evelyn temple - funeral celebrant





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go your own way - funeral celebrant

Evelyn Temple is an experienced, qualified funeral celebrant. Evelyn conducts funerals in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey. She works closely with fellow celebrant Belinda Forbes to help ensure that you can always choose to have a local celebrant. 

Evelyn lives in Camberley, Surrey and works mainly at Easthampstead Park Crematorium - Bracknell,  Park Crematorium - Aldershot,  and St John's Crematorium in Woking.


I love my job...

You only get one chance to get the funeral right - make sure you go your own way. 

People generally think it must be a 'hard' job. Sometimes it can be quite pressured, but I really enjoy meeting families and friends and listening to their memories and ideas. It is also a very satisfying job - knowing that we've successfully created a personal, meaningful ceremony and got it just right. The feedback I receive is so rewarding and makes me feel that what I do really 'makes a difference' every time. Someone described me as being 'a bit like a midwife - but at the other end of life', like a good friend helping you walk through the massive transition that death can bring.

I found out about Civil Funerals whilst researching alternative and non-religious funerals when studying for a postgraduate diploma - The Rhetoric and Rituals of Death at Winchester University.

The course was a fascinating insight into funeral practices throughout history and around the world. I decided I really wanted to be involved in something practical and creative to help people at this difficult and vulnerable time in their lives.  I'd like to help people to break some of the taboos and fears associated with funerals and to go their own way, and not just be driven by tradition, or the fear that they maybe aren't 'allowed' to do something they'd really like to. I offer people the opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one in whichever way is most appropriate and meaningful to them.