As with all other Celebrated Ceremonies, I deliver bespoke, meaningful services that honour you and your loved one. Whilst respect is duly given to a family’s mourning, there is an emphasis on celebrating a unique life. As an Independent Celebrant, my services are personal and uplifting.

Each funeral service is written to reflect the deceased’s outlook on life- balanced with the values and wishes of the family. I always visit the next of kin for a suitable meeting to establish the needs of the mourners and to build an accurate picture of their loved one. This enables me to write a carefully worded eulogy which compliments or includes family tributes.

A draft is always emailed to the next of kin for consideration and suitable adjustments made if required. It is essential that the life story is accurate in content and wholly appropriate in tone; there are never any untoward surprises at the funeral service.


Usually, mourners outside the immediate family learn new facts about the deceased and yet are amazed at how well I appear to know them. This is totally down to the contact I establish with the family, my listening skills and creative writing ability. I’m called a “wordsmith”.

Whilst I’ve conducted many services that are broadly Humanist in nature, I believe the customs and culture of the family concerned are paramount. Celebrated funeral ceremonies always respect the beliefs or faith of the deceased and their family- including rites and prayers of all Christian denominations and other world religions or totally non religious ceremonies. My Theology degree has been insightful in reflecting on the deceased’s own enlightened path- informing the choice of readings and committal words. I officiate over a bespoke ceremony- written to celebrate the life of the family member.

Even if the ceremony is non religious, the personalised service generally feels “spiritual”. It is a privilege to release some of the grief and promote joy in the heart of someone widowed as they share their fond memories and put their trust in a caring celebrant who can provide the most faithful send-off for their loved one. “Getting it right” visibly lifts a burden from the bereaved. Exiting from her husband’s funeral, one such spouse expressed to me, “Do you know, I don’t feel at all sad now!”

Celebrated Ceremonies incorporate new ecological locations and technologies such as Green Funerals, Barrows, Natural Burials, water “Resomations” or traditional Crematorium Services.

Jonathan is pleased to provide pet funerals too.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Dolling is dedicated to serving you, whatever the occasion. Celebrated Ceremonies has become his passion since qualifying as an Independent Celebrant in 2014.

He cares deeply about what matters to the people he works with, honouring ordinary people with extraordinary dreams. 

Contact Details


07877 338114