Funeral Celebrant

Samantha Kelsie is a professional funeral celebrant experienced in writing and officiating bespoke funeral ceremonies for any bereaved family who has recently lost a loved one.

A Funeral Celebrant is a person who is specifically trained and certified, who seeks to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. They serve by providing a funeral service that is personalised to reflect the personality and the lifestyle of the deceased.

Samantha prides herself on being able to provide a personally written ceremony script which is meaningful, celebratory, sympathetic, and altogether honourable in representing the deceased and their grieving family.

For many years, families were only offered the option of a religious funeral in a church, or the fully atheist alternative of a Humanist ceremony. However, Independent Celebrants like Samantha offer the option to involve your personal faith and beliefs when saying farewell; whether religious, non-religious, spiritual, or uncertain.

Today you have the choice to celebrate the life of a loved one, and mourn the passing of their spirit, in a way which is appropriate and personal to you.

Samantha Kelsie is not affiliated to any religious order or spiritual faith, and is all encompassing in welcoming you to plan a funeral ceremony which is reflective of your own lifestyle and choices. She will dedicate her time to working closely with you and your family to help write and officiate a funeral ceremony which gives dignity and personality to the person who has passed away, and allows family and friends to grieve in a way which is right for them.

Samantha provides her services as a professional Independent Funeral Celebrant in the areas of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and London.

Samantha Kelsie is always honoured to receive such kind words of thanks and feedback following a funeral service. We are pleased to share with you a selection of those testimonials sent from previous families and the funeral directors we have worked with…

Just a quick note to say Thank You again for all your support before and during my mums funeral on Monday.  The whole day was as worry free as it could be and the simple but beautiful service was very much appreciated (if that’s the right word) by all my immediate and extended family.

In particular I wanted to say thanks for the lovely eulogy and for your thoughtful introductory words.  You managed to capture Mums essence and to stimulate peoples personal recollections and stories, some of which I had never heard before.

“On behalf of everyone I would like to say a very big thank you for the Service on Tuesday. Everyone I spoke to was very complimentary about it, many had not been to  a non-religious service before and said how much they enjoyed your delivery (to quote one lady -“far better than a stuffy vicar!” This was my 3rd such service and it was by far the best. You had extracted enough from me to understand D-’s character and tendencies, it brought many smiles around the room.”

“Dear Samantha

Thank you so much. It was a day full of mixed emotions…

The service was perfect and I know D- would have thought so. His family and our friends all praised it and so thank you again.

You made a difficult day very special for me and I really can’t thank you enough. You are kind and thoughtful and I wish we could have met under different circumstances. My sister and I are meeting today to take the flowers to our parents grave. More tears! I can feel your cyber hug. Xxxx

“Just to let you know that I was very happy with all your hard work that created a moving ceremony for Mum’s farewell.

All those close to her thought it was a wonderful send off, and was totally focused on the beautiful person that she was. There was nothing irrelevant in the service.

Thanks so much for helping me through such a traumatic time.”

“I want to thank you for the lovely service you gave us as we said goodbye to my Dad, it went very well and I appreciate all the effort you went too. I was very pleased that when we arrived home after the wake, to find you had put a copy of the Eulogy through Mum’s door for her so quickly. I hope I won’t want your services for a long, long time yet, but when the time comes I would be delighted for you to be there for my Mum’s Eulogy too.”

My dear Samantha

I was extremely touched to receive your card with the copy of the Service of Celebration for the life of my beloved F – thank you so very much. This is such a comfort for me and my close family and we can look back on and remember the truly beautiful Service that you gave for us, with your sincere and devoted attention to so many details. We were so happy to share our stories and memories with you.

I am sure that your unique talent will bring the same comfort and joy to many people in the future, as it has done for my family and me.


Samantha wrote a beautiful eulogy for my mum and was a wonderful and calm presence at our side on the day. Thank you Samantha for listening so carefully and understanding the true spirit of Pauline x

I would highly recommend you to families in their time of sorrow. As I said, my mum would have liked you…


“I just wanted to thank you once again for C-s funeral and how wonderful you were.  I think you made all the difference and so many relatives and friends asked about you.  Some, like me, before the funeral, had never heard of a celebrant and they were suitably impressed. So we said goodbye to C- in style and we certainly had a good ‘wake’ for him afterwards and he would have liked that very much.”

“Thank you so much for the truly wonderful way that you led yesterday’s service. The style of the ceremony was so in tune with how L – lived his life, and his character. At the reception everyone was commenting about the kind and inclusive way in which you led us… my heartfelt thanks.”

“A big thank you for the lovely Service. I had several comments from old and young as to how well it was done. One was along the lines of “you would think Samantha had known J-…”


“Thank you so much for yesterday’s service. Everything you said was lovely and so true. You certainly have a gift for collecting all the information. We all appreciate everything you have done.”

Today I was amongst a gathering at The Chilterns Crematorium to celebrate the life of a wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter and friend to so many. It was quite apparent that Samantha had spent valuable time with the family to enable her to conduct such a sincere and meaningful farewell to such a wonderful young woman. I was very impressed by Samantha’s entire conduct and demeanour and would certainly highly recommend this talented young lady to others facing a similar situation as today. Samantha, your delivery of this celebration is highly commended by not only me but by the entire family. My many thanks for providing such a highly professional service along side ours.
(Glynn Satterley of Church View Funeral Services, Chesham)

Thank you so much for all you did to make yesterday such a fitting and memorable occasion. Everything was so well considered and your presence and delivery much appreciated.

Wishing you leave and happiness, long life, good health, prosperity and success!

Samantha Kelsie is a certified member of The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.Samantha is a professional marriage, family and funeral celebrant, and certified member of The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants in partnership with The UK College of Celebrancy. She is also a member of the Good Funeral Guild in conjunction with the Good Funeral Guide.



good funeral guild good funeral guideFor more information on using Samantha Kelsie for your funeral service, or to speak to Samantha directly about your personal wishes for your own funeral, please email or call 07783 141 202.

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