Civil, Humanist & Interfaith Funerals

Civil, Humanist & Interfaith Funerals2019-11-08T09:03:57+00:00

At Fuze Ceremonies, we believe that every life is unique and the way in which that life is remembered and celebrated – no matter how short or long – should be equally as unique.  

A Humanist funeral ceremony focusses entirely on the person who has passed.   Unlike traditional funeral services, where religion is a central element, Humanist ceremonies have no fixed order of service or specific doctrine to follow, which allows for the creation of exceptionally personal ceremonies that truly represent the individual.    

Fuze Celebrants are energetic, inspirational and passionate about helping clients celebrate and commemorate life.  From traditional funerals to unconventional sendoffs, your chosen Celebrant will support you and your family to create authentic, bespoke ceremonies that put your loved one and their story at the heart of the funeral service.

Fuze Celebrants are fully disclosed, insured and offer:

  • Advice and support for writing a eulogy
  • Draft script: reviewed with the family, if you wish
  • Liaison prior to the funeral with the funeral director and the crematorium / cemetery to ensure that all the arrangements are in place
  • Deliver the ceremony on the day
  • Copy of ceremony presented to the family

At Fuze, we are passionate about tackling the issue of Funeral poverty and in 2012 we established the Fuze Foundation, which offers to provide Celebrant services to families in need of financial assistance.  To find out more about the Fuze Foundation, click here.

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Find out all about our wonderful Humanist Funeral Celebrants below:

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Anne Widdop

Anne Widdop, Celebrant & Founding Director

"I love what I do... meeting people and working with them to create a ceremony reflecting who they are and delighting their guests.  My motivation is to help you to bring your family and friends together to celebrate a life event".

As the founding director, Anne is very busy running the Fuze but she is always happy to consider requests for Ceremonies in Skye, Lochaber and the Hebrides.

Anne has been conducting ceremonies since 2006.  She is happy to conduct ceremonies in any location but as an outdoor enthusiast, she is delighted to travel to more adventurous locations:  remote beaches, islands in the Hebrides, top of a mountains ... nothing is too much for Anne.

Anne left her job as a Global Director of a world-wide IT company and decided to take a new direction by establishing Fuze Ceremonies.

Anne lives in Arisaig and is more than happy to talk to you about your thoughts on your big day.  She also conducts Funeral Ceremonies, writes speeches, speaks in public, MC's at events and develops new services for Fuze.

She first became a funeral celebrant after giving a tribute at her mum’s funeral.  She said "We've had a lot of heartbreak in our family and when my brother, my sister and my dad died I felt short-changed by all of their ceremonies.  Little was said about them and I was left feeling sad and angry. So I wrote and read a 20 minute tribute to my mum, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I am so happy I did"

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Morag Webster

Morag Webster, Celebrant & Fuze Ceremonies Director

"I enjoy meeting people, hearing their stories and creating a personal ceremony that they truly want. I feel privileged to conduct any kind of Humanist Ceremony".

Morag is available to conduct a variety of ceremonies, including Wedding, Civil Partnership, Baby Naming & Funeral Ceremonies.

Morag became interested in Humanism through a growing desire to discover a positive, rational philosophy for life.

Her interest was first aroused by attending several humanist ceremonies as a guest. She was struck by the many vivid ways with which people were able to celebrate life’s major milestones and share the human values which had brought together so many people.

Above all, she felt they were personal, authentic and memorable events.

With a belief in Humanist Principles, Morag is someone who enjoys meeting people and has a genuine interest in helping them. Looking to combine both her skills and her interest in people, Morag decided to take a new direction in her life and trained as a Celebrant with the Fuze Foundation in 2012 and has been very busy ever since conducting marriage, baby naming and funeral ceremonies.

Morag’s professional background is as an established designer in interior furniture.  But now, as a full-time Celebrant she loves the fact that she is able to meet new people on a daily basis and create something unique for them.

Customer service is at the heart of everything Morag has been doing in her career to date.

Morag lives in Falkirk and is happy to travel to Stirling, Perth & Kinross, The Lothians, Fife, Stirling, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Grampian.

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George Smith

George Smith, Celebrant

"I am very much a people person so I love the opportunity and freedom to work closely with couples to produce a wedding ceremony that is unique to them. The only barriers in a Humanist Wedding ceremony are the limits of your imagination!"

George is available to conduct Wedding, Baby Naming & Funeral Ceremonies

George has been conducting Humanist wedding ceremonies for a number of years and began conducting funeral ceremonies in 2014.

Having worked in Hotel Management for over 20 years, with extensive participation in wedding receptions primarily as Master of Ceremonies, George saw training as a Marriage Celebrant as a natural progression.

He now feels honoured and privileged at being more involved in the actual wedding ceremonies. George has vast experience in events organisation, combined with a love of after dinner speaking and presenting shows on Hospital Radio. These assets provide George with the type of professionalism and confidence which he believes help to provide the best possible wedding experience for couples on the happiest day of their lives.

George has built a reputation for his attention to detail which he believes is very important when receiving details of a loved one’s life story and then telling that story at the funeral.   George has all the necessary qualities he believes are required to deliver very personal, moving and fitting tributes in the most professional and dignified manner.

Giving the deceased the ceremony they deserve is paramount in George’s opinion, and George feels honoured and privileged to be able to help families and friends through this most heartbreaking and stressful time. George believes that none of us really know what happens after the committal so these words which were written by his friend Andrew to be read by George at Andrew’s funeral are quite apt. “ I pass through this world towards eternity via the big sleep.  If the Galilean fisherman should stop me, then I will realise that my faith was shallow and most probably non existent. However if I were to be unmolested on my final journey, then this could indicate that a secular state exists, and that the final sleep will be everlasting”

George is based in Ayrshire and is happy to cover Ayrshire (North, South and East), Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire and the Greater Glasgow area.

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Mo Ackroyd

Mo Ackroyd, Celebrant

"Everyone should be able to choose what they want to say at their Ceremony whether it is a Wedding, Civil Service, Vows exchange or Baby Naming.   It’s a very personal event in their lives and should be remembered for all the right reasons".

Mo is available to conduct Wedding Ceremonies, Baby Naming Ceremonies & Funeral Ceremonies.

Mo is also a professional, well organised and creative Events  Manager who brings a natural ability to work independently or as part of a team in a multi-tasking and challenging role.  She loves meeting new people and helping them to achieve the ceremony they desire.

As a Humanist Celebrant Mo believes your day should be exactly that – YOUR day! She can help you choose the service you really want and will help guide you with various rituals, vows, poems and readings

Mo is always full of new ideas and likes to keep up to date with the latest Wedding trends! She can help you in the build up to your Big Day or even on the day to ensure that all your carefully laid plans are executed the way you want them and you can relax and enjoy the day.

Originally from the West Coast Mo now lives in Edinburgh.

Mo is happy to cover Edinburgh and Lothians, Borders, Perth, Fife, Stirling, Gourock and Greenock area.

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Nancy Braid

Nancy Braid, Celebrant

"I became a humanist wedding celebrant because involving family and friends can make the marriage such a personal, intimate and memorable occasion".

Nancy is available to conduct Wedding, Baby Naming and Funeral Ceremonies

Having worked in the hospitality industry for almost 30 years, Nancy commenced as trainee cook, whilst taking day release classes and evening classes to gain her qualifications.

She is known to follow her heart and moved to London to the “big city” to gain further knowledge in the catering and events industry, looking after events and groups of 500 upwards on a regular basis.

However, her love for Scotland was too strong and several years later she returned home.

Nancy's knowledge of events and managing them reach new heights when she embraced working with an outside catering and events company, a very fulfilling and satisfying job whilst it allowed her to travel throughout Scotland visiting some of Scotland's wonderful islands like Tiree, Coll and Islay, and occasionally travelling South again to manage events for the British Open Golf Championships.

It also very much placed her at the forefront acting as Master of Ceremonies for many weddings and other prestigious events announcing in all guests plus the sometimes lengthy and interestingly titled top table guests.

Over the last few years though she has chosen to specialize in weddings, which in turn has found her becoming more and more interested in Humanist weddings; the intimacy and personal involvement of friends and family truly do make this a memorable occasion, of which she feels a wish to be part of ensuring that each couple has that unique memory to take with them for the rest of their lives.

In her spare time Nancy enjoys cycling, swimming, walking and reading. She also still enjoy being hands on in the kitchen and has a reputation for “creating” unique but tasty meals for friends and family.

Nancy is based in Glasgow and is happy to cover Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire and the Greater Glasgow area.

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Evelyn Robertson

Evelyn Robertson, Celebrant"I enjoy meeting new people and performing ceremonies in some of the most spectacular venues in Scotland and hope to do so for many years to come".

Evelyn has worked as a marriage officer for many years, both with the local authority in Falkirk as a Registrar and now at Fuze as a Humanist Celebrant and is available to conduct Wedding, Baby Naming & Funeral Ceremonies throughout Central Scotland.

Evelyn enjoys meeting new people and performing ceremonies in some of the most spectacular venues in Scotland.  Falkirk based, Evelyn is happy to travel to Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Fife, the Lothians, (Mid, East and West), Clackmannanshire, North and South Lanarkshire, East and West Dunbartonshire, Greater Glasgow area, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

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Wendy Dallas

Wendy Dallas, Celebrant"I love helping people turn their wedding dreams into reality. Every wedding is special and my role is to help you create a day you will remember forever".

Wendy is available to conduct Wedding and Funeral ceremonies

Wendy will help you plan whatever type of ceremony you are dreaming of, whether it's a wedding, a baby naming or a renewal of vows. She believes that anything is possible and she will work with you to create those magic moments. Wendy's background is in education. She has worked with learners in many countries and loves meting new people. The role of celebrant is ideal for her people and communication skills. She is an accomplished public speaker with a sense of fun.

She also believes that every life is full of shared memories and cherished moments. Every life is a story to be told. She will help you find peace and comfort by conducting a very sensitive and dignified funeral service.

Wendy is based in Dumbarton and can travel to East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Argyll & Bute, North & East Ayrshire and Glasgow.

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Susan Krenbrenk

Susan Krenbrenk, Celebrant

"I love meeting couples and hearing all about their love story and lives, and feel honoured to be able to help them design their own bespoke ceremony".

Susan is available to conduct Wedding and Funeral ceremonies.

Susan's background is travel, and was fortunate enough to work onboard cruise ships in the entertainment department. During this time, Susan came into contact with many couples getting married onboard which she found a delight. It was an amazing time meeting people from all walks of life, before settling in her beloved Scotland.

Susan became a Humanist Celebrant as her own wedding was a Humanist service, and in the build up to their wedding and speaking with their celebrant closely, Susan loved how personal the whole experience was. So many of our guests commented on how personal the service was, and how it really captured them as individuals and as a couple. It was this experience and having attended other Humanist weddings, which made Susan interested in finding out more about Humanism, she really felt a connection to it, and also how much she would love to have the privilege to be part of a couple’s day - training to become a Humanist Celebrant was the natural thing to do.

Susan is based in Glasgow, and is happy to travel to Ayrshire (North, South and East). Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire. Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire and Glasgow.

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John Leo Scott

John Leo Scott, Celebrant

"Marriage is a big commitment which I take seriously and I realise it takes more than love to bind a couple together".

John is available for Weddings Ceremonies, Baby Naming Ceremonies and Funeral Ceremonies.

Coming from a restaurant background, John has gained a wealth of experience working with the public and decided to make the leap into the world of Celebranting three years ago.  Since then, he's never looked back! John says "it’s a wonderful job conducting ceremonies in some of the most beautiful venues in Scotland, where the bridal party and guests are in great spirits and I get to share in the euphoria."

John has been married for a mahoosive 23 years and has two beautiful girls aged 20 and 19, not to forget his gorgeous fur-baby, Dave the Groodle (retriever/poodle), who brings him joy every single day.  When he's not Celebranting and walking Dave, John loves to snowboard, road cycle and cyclo cross, and is also involved in his local Amateur Dramatics and was last to be seen on stage when he appeared in was Kipps (Half a Sixpence) where he had two parts, chalk and cheese, one a wealthy architect called Mr Maxwell, the other Uncle Bert, the main characters surrogate father.

For John, marriage is a big commitment, which he takes seriously and realises it takes more than love to bind a couple together. John loves getting to know couples, sharing in their happiness and delivering unique Ceremonies with his signature, relaxed, laid back warm and welcoming style, laced with smiles and lots of laughter. Most couples he's married have witnessed him getting emotional, he can't help it : )   

John is based in Ayrshire and is happy to cover Ayrshire (North, South and East), Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire and the Greater Glasgow area.

2020-02-24T14:03:35+00:00

Jean Steele

Jean Steele, Celebrant

"Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can."

Your wedding day...! Yes, it may be a crazy, certainly emotional, happy, fun and, most of all, the best day of your lives. The ceremony, including your vows is the most important part of your day and should reflect your love for each other and have all the elements that bring meaning to it. Jean would be honoured and privileged to work with you to make the whole occasion special and unique. She will work closely with you, helping you to choose readings, create your vows, and to make sure the ceremony is personal, touching, light hearted and truly memorable.

Jean firmly believes that life is for the living, the ups and the downs and celebrating that life at its end is so very important.

Capturing the essence of a loved one's life means remembering all aspects; the hard times and sadness that we all encounter but also the happy times, the triumphs and the achievements. Our loved ones lives deserve to be at the centre of our thoughts, remembered, loved and cherished and that's what she hopes to achieve when creating her funeral ceremonies.

So whether a funeral ceremony or a wedding ceremony , Celebrating the life of a loved one, or celebrating the love of a couple on their wedding day, creating a ceremony to remember is creating a ceremony filled with the things that mean most to you. Jean can guide you through all the elements that make it poignant, dignified and personal.

Jean was a teacher and has enjoyed working in a support role with children and families for over 30 years supporting families whose children have additional needs. She loves running, mainly with her two dogs for company, is in a walking group with friends, and loves swimming and being outdoors. She loves her arts and crafts, she draws, paints and sews, is an avid reader but especially loves time together with family and friends.

Jean is available for Wedding and Funeral ceremonies and is happy to travel in and around Edinburgh and surrounding areas, The Lothians, the Central belt, the Borders and the Glasgow area.

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Thomas Slavin

Thomas Slavin, Celebrant

"It's your day, it should be special. Let me help you make it phenomenal".

Thomas is available to conduct Wedding Ceremonies and Funeral Ceremonies.

Whether it’s your Wedding, Civil Partnerships or Funeral, the day should be bespoke and exactly what you want. Using his knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and passion Thomas will help you create the perfect ceremony.

Thomas strongly believes that no two lives are the same and as such celebrating the end of a loved one's life should be as unique and bespoke as possible. Grief frequently creates overwhelming feelings of negativity and hopelessness sometimes stopping us focusing on the joy, inspiration and memories our departed have left behind.

Thomas's ultimate goal is to provide a tailored, personal and fitting tribute that will not only ensure the best possible send off but also bring comfort and a sense of peace to all.

As a people person Thomas's career has taken him on a varied, somewhat exciting path. He has always worked with the public and enjoy all aspects of public speaking. Often described as having an infectious, humorous but ultimately caring personality he considers it an honour and the utmost privilege to be able to assist anyone who should require guidance, comfort or help in the preparation and delivery of the ceremony.

Thomas has one son and has been with his partner for 13 years and in a civil partnership for 11 years and looks forward to many many more.

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Elizabeth McConnell

Elizabeth McConnell, Celebrant

"Creating wonderful memories when planning your wedding and preparing for marriage is something that’s so important and I enjoy working with couples to help them develop something personal and unique. I also want to help families arranging a funeral to make sure their loved one’s story is told and celebrated at what is a very difficult time".

Elizabeth is available to conduct Wedding Ceremonies, Baby Namings &  Funerals Ceremonies.

It’s all about you! Whether that’s creating the most wonderful day to celebrate your wedding or capturing the essence of a loved one when it’s time to say goodbye, Elizabeth believes that everyone has their own unique story to tell.

She will work closely with you to develop the perfect ceremony, helping you to choose the best way to reflect your personalities. From choosing your vows to deciding how you want to share your story, Elizabeth will be with you to make sure you create wonderful memories. She will help you to make your day as personal as possible and it can be as formal or as informal as you are.

When it comes to the end of life, Elizabeth feels that it’s just as important to have a personal celebration that captures the essence of your loved one. Attending funerals the last few years, she was struck by how impersonal some of the services were, even when the person was known to the celebrant. When reflecting on this, Elizabeth’s friends suggested to her that she would be ideally suited to spending time with bereaved families and sharing the story of their loved one.

She was attracted to the Fuze Foundation because of their commitment to reflect the wishes of the family and their contribution to addressing funeral poverty and funeral affordability.

Elizabeth lives in Cumbernauld with her 2 grown-up children and is happy to conduct weddings and funerals across North and South Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Stirling or throughout Scotland.

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Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin, Celebrant

"It would be an honour to help you celebrate your special day".

Christopher is available for Wedding Ceremonies and Funeral Ceremonies.

He is very proud to be a Celebrant with Fuze and it is a privilege and honour for him when he is asked to contribute to the significant events that spark the greatest emotions during our lives.

After attending many Humanist ceremonies - Christopher developed a keen interest in becoming a Humanist Celebrant using the skills and experience he has gained in his personal life and over his professional career.

As a Humanist Celebrant Christopher aims to conduct and deliver sincere and thoughtful ceremonies that are wholly befitting of the occasion.

Christopher has a caring, approachable disposition coupled with good listening skills and a calm demeanour. He enjoys meeting people, hearing their stories and working with them to develop a personal ceremony that celebrates their special day.

He is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and the Open Business School. A very experienced customer focused, business development, business management and operations executive with 30 years of success working locally and globally across multiple market sectors.

He is an effective communicator in one to one meetings and also in larger meetings, including public speaking events at exhibitions and conferences.

Christopher is based in the Rutherglen area and is available for Wedding Ceremonies and Funeral Ceremonies covering the Borders and across the central belt including Glasgow, South and North Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Falkirk, Edinburgh and Lothian.

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Debbie Daly

Debbie Daly, Wedding & Funeral Celebrant

“I’m passionate about empowering people to empower themselves.”

Allow Debbie to join you to celebrate the milestone events of your unique life. It may be a time when you want the world to know that you have found a love that will last throughout life’s journey. Or alternatively, it may be a time to say farewell to a precious family member, friend or partner.

Debbie’s aim is to support you to achieve your perfect celebration, capturing your ideas and beliefs without restriction. She considers it a privilege & honour to be part of creating something special & important. None more so than creating that final farewell; celebrating the life of a loved one.

Debbie has been happily married since 2000 & lives in Glasgow.

She has studied Hotel Management, managed a Recycling Company but since 2004 has worked in the voluntary sector supporting vulnerable women & children. This has nurtured her ability to be professional but empathetic, caring & understanding of people’s situation. Debbie loves people & has gained vast experience supporting people to get where they want to be. She embraces diversity & strives for equality. These passions have fuelled her drive to become a Humanist Celebrant.

Debbie loves to travel, experiencing different cultures, beliefs & broadening life’s journey of people. She also likes to experience different gastronomies.

Debbie is happy to cover Greater Glasgow; Loch Lomond & The National Park; East & West Dunbartonshire; Inverclyde; Renfrewshire & East Renfrewshire; North, South & East Ayrshires; Argyll; Stirlingshire; North & South Lanarkshire; West Lothian. Please contact her if outside these areas as all will be considered.

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Marjorie Russell

Marjorie Russell, Celebrant

Marjorie was inspired to become a Humanist Celebrant after attending a family wedding at Kelburn Castle in Largs.  It was meaningful, personal and different from other ceremonies she had attended and she was blown away by the flair, fun and enthusiasm of the Celebrant.   She was thinking of a career change and saw helping a couple turn their wedding dreams into reality in such a unique way was something she would really enjoy.  She found out that the Celebrant was Gillian Phillips from Fuze Ceremonies and so her new journey began.

Marjorie has been a civil servant for most of her career, working with people from all walks of life.  She has supported people through the most difficult times of their life, as well as celebrating their success and achievements. Recognising diversity and that everyone is unique she has coached and mentored many colleagues, encouraging them to share experiences and helping them achieve their full potential.  Through this she has developed excellent listening, consultation and communication skills as well as empathy and attention to detail, skills that are essential for a good Celebrant.

Building on strong foundations laid by her parents, she has a strong bond with her close and extended family and makes a real effort to maintain those family relationships both in the UK and abroad.  Having good friends and close family means there is always someone there to share the good time and the bad.  She has been married to Bruce for over 30 years and has a grown-up daughter.

Marjorie is available to conduct both wedding and funeral ceremonies and is happy to cover Edinburgh and the Lothians, Borders, Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and Perth.

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Duncan Fleming

Duncan Fleming - Wedding, Baby Naming & Funeral Celebrant

"I love meeting new people and using their stories to create unique and meaningful ceremonies".

After working in the public sector for over 20 years, Duncan started his own business, but it was after attending various Humanist ceremonies that he decide this was the career path he wished to take.

Duncan is very much a family man and loves cooking a barbecue or Sunday lunch for his nearest and dearest.  He and his wife have a large circle of friends and enjoy meeting up with them for a get together. Being an avid rugby  fan, Duncan can often be found at Murrayfield watching the Scottish rugby team in action.  Over the years, Duncan has travelled to Europe extensively and has visited many beautiful spots, but saves a bit of time to discover our own fabulous country with his favourite places being the Trossachs and Fort Augustus along with the magnificent north east coast with its glorious long sandy beaches.

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