Celebrants across the UK are now included in the official list of key workers, which has been drawn up as the nation battles the coronavirus crisis.
The move follows a lobby made by one of the country’s leading sector organisations.
Concerned that Church of England ministers may be under severe pressure in the coming weeks and months, the Association of Independent Celebrants, (AOIC) made its case for professional Celebrants to be added to the list. It is also a fact that some relatives of the deceased may wish to have Celebrants conduct proceedings, which could have been prevented by their exclusion from the list.
With the above in mind, the AOIC’s Executive Chair Philip Spicksley, took up the issue on behalf of Celebrants. Following discussions between Phil and the Chief Executive of SAIF, Terry Tennens, the matter was discussed at the most recent meeting of The Death Management Advisory Group (DMAG).
“As a result of that, I am both pleased and relieved to see that Celebrants have now been recognised as key workers. In these totally unprecedented times, we must all pull together to offer what help and support we can to each other,” said Phil.
As reported, the Government’s list of people deemed ‘key workers’ was revealed as schools and colleges were ordered to close – it is only the children of such workers, aged and including 17, with vulnerable children to the age of 25, who can continue to attend education providers.
Whilst the list included ‘religious staff’ and ‘those responsible for managing the deceased’ there was no mention of Celebrants.
“This situation is now clarified, and I thank Terry for ensuring that is the case,” added Phil.
In light of the announcement today from the Church of Wales, we want to offer some support to all those couples who have booked their weddings in Church and will now have to cancel their dream day.
Here at Mountain Celebrations our team of Diploma trained Celebrants can individually designed your bespoke ceremony.
All will be created and delivered with professionalism, warmth and feeling. They work with you to create a beautifully tailored Wedding Celebration Ceremony.
This will reflect your individual needs and contain special meaning for you both.
Celebrating your memorable and unique occasion.
Albeit a formal, white wedding Blessing, or something less conventional, it’s important to us that each couple has and achieves their dream day.
A traditional church wedding, with ritual and religious words does not fit with everyone’s outlook on life and the Registrar is guided by rules and regulations on where ceremonies can be conducted.
Our ceremonies here at Mountain Celebrations are guided by you and only you….
Your ceremony, your way, your content, your choice of venue…. you can have as much or as little
religious content as you desire, with the added uniqueness of an additional option like Handfasting, the pouring of the Sands, Jumping the Broom or Crowning’s.
A Celebrant Ceremony can take place anywhere and be designed to suit the individuals concerned.
Our ceremonies can be as creative and romantic as the you want.
Mountain Celebrations has officiated at many wonderful unique Wedding Blessings in many countries Worldwide…. From gardens, Marquees, on Boats, in Castles, and on Beaches.
You choose your venue somewhere that is special to you and here at
Mountain Celebrations we will make it happen.
We encourage you to choose a wide range of readings, poems, songs, and music to make your ceremony unique to you and all elements from many cultures can be incorporated, bring together our very cosmopolitan culture that we live in today.
We love to get family and friends involved…. anyone can speak, and actively participate in the ceremony.
Here at Mountain Celebrations we embrace love, laughter and happiness….
“Share your memories with Mountain Celebrations”
For those of you who have been disappointed with the restrictions imposed on the Church during this time, you can still go ahead with your wedding plans, and at a later date, continue the celebrations with the legal ceremony once the churches have reopened.
For more information please get in touch
Those who are planning a funeral at this time, will be worried for their safety of their loved ones and of course themselves. Planning a funeral at any time is stressful, emotional and potentially sometimes difficult, but with coronavirus (COVID-19) now classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are additional factors to take into consideration.
For more details please read our news letters..
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