Former Barnstaple nurse provides civil funeral service

UNDERTAKER S wife Mavis Eastaugh is using her nursing and bereavement counsellor skills to provide civil funeral services in North Devon. Until recently, the only alternative to a religious funeral has been one conducted by a humanist celebrant. Now Mrs

UNDERTAKER'S wife Mavis Eastaugh is using her nursing and bereavement counsellor skills to provide civil funeral services in North Devon.

Until recently, the only alternative to a religious funeral has been one conducted by a humanist celebrant.

Now Mrs Eastaugh, who recently retired after 40 years as a nurse in North Devon, has qualified as a civil funeral celebrant.

She is able to provide a service that reflects the spirituality of the person who has died.


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"It may contain no reference to religion at all, or it may contain some reference to God with prayers or hymns," Mavis said.

"As the celebrant, I will visit the family and get to know the person who has died.

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"I will write the tribute and prepare the service, allowing the relatives as much input as they want."

A civil funeral can take place at a crematorium, at the graveside, at a green burial ground, or even in the deceased's own home, a community hall, or a care home lounge.

Mavis discovered the Institute of Civil Funerals while search for a new challenge after her retirement.

"During the past 40 years, I have spent a lot of my time with bereaved relatives, either when their loved one has just died, or as a bereavement counsellor," she said.

"As soon as I read the literature, I thought 'I could use my experience to conduct a funeral like that.

"So I contacted the Institute of Civil Funerals, booked on their next course and passed"

On the day of the funeral, Mavis will deliver a funeral service that the deceased would have wanted, working closely with the funeral director.

After the ceremony, the relatives receive a printed copy of the contents of the service.

If you would like to know more about civil funerals, contact Mavis on 077581 692629.

She is also willing to talk to groups about the concept of civil funerals.

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