Alternative Venues

Where can I hold a Funeral Ceremony?


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When a loved one dies there are so many questions and things to be sorted out.  You and your family want the funeral arrangements to be perfect.  I would like to answer some of the questions that you might have about the funeral ceremony.

frequent questions

  • Do I have to hold a funeral ceremony at the local crematorium?
  • Is it possible to hold the Ceremony in a more beautiful, peaceful venue?
  • Can I have a ceremony that lasts longer than 30 minutes?
  • Are there any special rituals that I could include as part of the ceremony?
  • How can I avoid travelling from the Ceremony venue to the Wake venue?

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the venue

You don’t have to have a Crematorium based Funeral Ceremony.  These days more and more families are choosing to have a Celebration of Life Ceremony at an alternative venue.  Most people are familiar with this concept for Weddings, and the same choice applies to end of life ceremonies. 

alternative venues

The venue for the Ceremony can be somewhere that means something personally. Maybe your loved one was a golfer, the ceremony could be held at his own golf club with his fellow golfers at the ceremony. A football club would be the perfect place for a ceremony celebrating the life of a devout fan. If you have enough space you could hold a ceremony in your own garden (English weather permitting of course). If you want a ceremony in your local community you could use a community hall or a local hotel or pub which has a suitably sized private room. There are many different venues for wedding ceremonies that are also perfect for funeral ceremonies too.

the cremation

The cremation is at your local crematorium. It can be without any ceremony at all (direct cremation) or with just immediate family members for the committal.   The Ceremony takes place on the same day or shortly afterwards. At your choice of venue, on a day and time which suits you.

a local venue

choose your own venue

dunsley hall hotel

This beautiful venue is the perfect place to hold a unique Celebration of Life ceremony. Situated just off the A449 on the outskirts of Kinver and Stourton. Grade 2 Listed Timber Framed Building dating back to the 16th Century. Additions in the C17, C18 and C19. Set in beautiful, peaceful gardens and surrounded by countryside. Lovingly restored by Terry and Wilf Beardsmore it is now a first-class hotel and ceremony venue. The interior and exterior provide superior comfort and visual aesthetics, whilst keeping the original character of the buildings.


Some of the ceremony rooms have a terrace overlooking the lovely gardens and surrounds. A beautiful wood panelled sitting room provides a comfortable place to sit and chat after the ceremony. Tea, cakes and a buffet is served here or wherever you choose.

the ceremony

I will come and talk to you in the comfort of your own home. You can tell me what you would like to include in the ceremony. We will also discuss music, poetry and readings. I encourage you to get involved in the ceremony. Talk about your loved one or read a poem of your choice. Rituals such as a balloon release, a candle ceremony, or a memories tree are an option. You will have all the time you need for the Ceremony. The room is booked for you for the whole morning or afternoon. This allows you to include as many elements as you wish.  The ceremony will be all about your loved one, a celebration of their life and character. I will create a bespoke Celebration of Life Ceremony for you in a lovely room overlooking the terraces and gardens.

the wake

Following the ceremony a delicious buffet including tea and coffee will be provided for you and your guests. It is conveniently served in the same room or the room adjoining the ceremony area. You and your guests do not move off to another venue, everything is taken care of in one place. You can raise a glass to your loved one as you reflect on wonderful memories with your family and friends. Everything is organised for you, giving you less to worry about.

find out more

I am a professional funeral celebrant based in Stourbridge. I am dedicated to helping families have the ceremony they want. In a venue that suits them. I create bespoke Celebration of Life Ceremonies in beautiful venues.
Contact me through this web page, or call me to ask any questions or to appoint me as your Celebrant.
Mobile: 07722 203636

Dedicated to giving families like yours the Ceremony that you want