Independent Funeral Celebrant

My name is Anne-Marie, I am a professionally trained civil funeral celebrant. I can help you to create a truly personalised funeral ceremony.

I will meet you to discuss how you wish to recall the life that has been lived and how to say your final farewell with dignity and respect.

Whether you prefer a cremation or a burial, including a natural burial, I can help you to create the ceremony that’s right for you.

Everyone is unique and a funeral ceremony can reflect this. When we meet I will listen to what you have to say about the person who has died. We can talk about what you would like to include in the ceremony. For example:

  • A tribute telling the story of the person’s life
  • Memories of family and friends
  • Poetry, music and readings (religious readings and hymns can be included)

I will then put together a very personalised ceremony for you, including a Tribute if you wish. I will lead the ceremony on the day.

You will be able to check the ceremony content in advance and I will send you a commemorative copy after the ceremony for you to keep.

Following our meeting I will be available by telephone and email if you wish to discuss the ceremony.

I will liaise with your funeral director and others involved in the arrangements to make sure that the ceremony is right for you.

You can speak to your funeral director and ask them to contact me or you can contact me yourself.

Organising Your Own  funeral

If you would like to plan your own funeral I will help you to create your own personalised ceremony.

I will meet with you to discuss your wishes – music, readings, poetry, prayers, whatever you would like to include. We will talk about who you would like to be involved at the ceremony who will speak, read, sing or play a musical instrument.

I will produce the ceremony with you and then lead  it when the time comes.


“Words alone cannot convey how very grateful we are for the beautiful service you created for my mum. You were so kind and thoughtful and receiving a copy of the service was very special. So many of our friends and family commented on how genuine and ‘real’ the service was – so a huge Thank-You from us all”

Lisa, Patrick, Alice, Thomas, Peter, Rachel and Lewis.

“Thank you for everything you have done, it means a lot to me and my family. Even down to taking the time to get to know us and understanding things about us. Your compassion is so appreciated at a time so scary and upsetting for me, made more bearable by such a lovely caring kind person. Words sometimes do not seem enough but thank you so much, a beautiful service for my Esi-Belle.”

Dionne and family.

Funerals, Memorials, Scattering of Ashes

About Me

I believe that every funeral ceremony should be unique and reflect the uniqueness of the person who has died. I decided to become an Independent Funeral Celebrant as a result of attending several funerals which didn’t do this.  I wanted to help people to create a truly personalised funeral ceremony for their loved one.

I have had a varied career and I realised that I had the skills to provide a service for people at a very difficult time in their life. My previous work included working for an advocacy charity supporting vulnerable people in Leeds; working for the NHS at a GP surgery in North Yorkshire; further education teaching in Cheshire and Yorkshire; teaching English as a foreign language and as a police officer in Merseyside.

I will help you to create a personalised ceremony based on your beliefs and values. A ceremony celebrating the life of the person who has died and acknowledging the grief of their family and friends.  It will be an opportunity to share your personal memories and to say goodbye in your own way.

I am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants

I am fully Insured through the AOIC Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurances.

I have an up to date DBS Certificate.


I am a fully qualified Independent Funeral Celebrant

 NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Civil Funeral Celebrancy (RQF)

I trained with Civil Ceremonies Ltd. a NOCN and a One Awards Recognised Learning Centre,  providing training to a nationally recognised standard.

OFSTED Outstanding Provider

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Funerals, Memorials and Scattering of Ashes

Anne-Marie Ledson, Civil Funeral Celebrant

07484 235561