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About Me

A very warm welcome and thank you for visiting Forever Always.

My name is Samantha and I am a trained and fully qualified civil celebrant, trained by and a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.  I am also a trained bereavement counsellor and chose to become a celebrant so that I could offer help to families at a time when they need it the most.

Having experienced loss from both ends of the scale, both as a parent and a child, helping bereaved families has always been my passion.  After losing my Mother and my young son I decided to train as a bereavement counsellor and somehow turn my negatives to a positive.  

Following on from my training, I went on to become a Trustee Director for a local charity specialising in helping families in need before entering in to the world of funerals.

After a 25 minute conversation with the manager of the funeral home that cared for my son in 2011, I was offered a job interview as a funeral arranger.  Just 3 weeks later, I started my new job and instantly I was hooked!  My passion grew further and the job satisfaction I received was second to none.

Becoming a celebrant was not something I had considered until I was urged to do it by a female celebrant we used at the funeral home.  To start with I didn't take her compliments seriously.  That was until I had to help a young family who had lost their baby son.  I could instantly feel their pain having been in a similar situation, and when I was asked to conduct the service, I saw it as a privilege and so my journey in to celebrancy began.

With my eldest daughter having special needs and her health deteriorating, I finally made the decision to vacate my role as a full time funeral arranger and train as a celebrant so that I could stay within a profession I am thoroughly passionate about whilst also still providing for my family and being home more to care for my daughter, and I have never looked back.

My services offer a personal and professional touch, and I am on hand whenever needed to meet and speak with you to discuss your requirements.  

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I do not charge for my services when conducting a child's funeral (aged 16 years and under).  Instead I ask that a small donation is made to the wonderful work of the Doctors and Nurses at Birmingham Children's Hospital.  The support I was offered by them was wonderful at a time when I needed it most, and to be able to offer support to them in my line of work is both an honour and a privilege.  Having also recently suffered the loss of someone very close to me via suicide, I also support C.A.L.M (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and a percentage of my fee following a death of this nature, is automatically donated to this amazing charity who work to help young men battle against their demons.  Please see my Donate page for further information.

I also conduct naming ceremonies, weddings, vow renewals and civil partnerships.  Please select the tabs above details.

For further information or if you should have any questions please feel free to contact me and drop me a line.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website.  If you are recently bereaved please accept my sincerest condolences and I wish you and your family peace at such a sad and difficult time.

Warmest regards,

Samantha xxx

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