Let me be your funeral celebrant

I am sorry to learn that you have a need to make funeral arrangements, but I would like to reassure you that I am here to honour the life of your loved one.

A celebrant led funeral service is just that, a celebration of life

Whereas a traditional, clergy-led service, tends to be much more formal and morbid, a celebrant funeral ceremony is completely personal to you. Working with the next of kin, I will write and deliver a tribute to your loved one that is truly reflective of the life that they have lived.

Each service is completely bespoke and can include religious content, such as prayers and readings, if that is the next of kin’s wishes. I will also work with you to select the most appropriate music choices for the service and can also suggest suitable poems and readings.

I always encourage members of the deceased’s family to take an active part in the ceremony, as I believe this provides a truly personal element to the proceedings. However, I recognise that the enormity of the occasion can sometimes overwhelm people and therefore I will be right by your side and ready to take over if it all becomes a bit too much.

To be asked to lead a funeral service is both an honour and a privilege. I always put my heart, and soul, into each service I am asked to take and I am always touched by the feedback that I receive from the family after the service.

My Clients Say

“Hello Dave, I just had a phone call from Susan, and she wanted to tell you that you did an amazing service yesterday, she said lots of people said that it was the best funeral service they had ever been to, she was over the moon, so well done and keep up the good work”.

– Melanie M Surman, Personal Funeral Adviser, Co-operative Funeralcare, Aylesbury

“At each of the services attended, Mr Foster has presented himself in a professional and dignified manner, his services are conducted with this same professionalism and delivered in a clear and understandable way. Feedback received from clients has been extremely favourable and I would have no hesitation in recommending Dave Foster as a civil celebrant to any of our future clients and to other funeral Professionals”.

– Duncan Satterley – Owner/Funeral Director – Church View Funeral Directors

“We have engaged Dave Foster as a Civil Celebrant on several occasions, having been recommended to him. Our client feedback has been extremely positive, and he is becoming a trusted partner to us to look after our client families at their time of need. He takes a lot of time to understand the life that has been lived, and builds very strong relationships with families. His services are thoughtful, balance sincerity with good humour where appropriate, and are truly individual. As a company, we believe that every life is truly unique, and funeral services should be reflective of that. Dave works with us very well to achieve that in funeral service delivery.”

– Ben Blunt – Funeral Director, Heritage & Son (C P J Field)

“I have been lucky enough to know Dave Foster from both the Chilterns Crematorium, as a Chapel Attendant and as a Funeral Arranger, for Church View in Tring. Dave’s first funeral service was actually at the Chilterns Crematorium where I happened to be the Chapel Attendant working alongside him. Now that I am a Funeral Arranger I always recommend Dave. The family feedback I receive speaks volumes and gives me the assurance that I have chosen the right person to help them through a really difficult day”.

– Aine Harris, Funeral Arranger, Church View Tring

“During difficult times you need to rely on professionals to ensure that everything is taken care of.

When Dave visited our home, his compassion and understanding gave us a supreme confidence that our mum’s service was in good hands.

Dave listened to our stories and bought them to life in the service, he did our mum’s memory proud.

His interpretation of what we said was insightfully accurate and we can’t thank him enough for providing an amazing service from start to finish.

I wholeheartedly recommend Dave. A true professional who showed genuine compassion. Many of our guests commented on how beautiful the service was.

Thank you, Dave, from us all.”

– Mark Cass & Family.

Ready to celebrate their life?

I am truly passionate about what I do and I can’t wait to work with you to create something truly memorable, heartfelt and warming.