The Singing Celebrant

A qualified Civil Celebrant and professional singer, providing bespoke semi-religious and non-religious ceremonies for important life events.

The Singing Celebrant

A qualified Civil Celebrant and professional singer, providing bespoke semi-religious and non-religious ceremonies for important life events.

About Barry

Barry is a qualified civil celebrant from the Irish Institute of Celebrants and a professional singer for over 20 years.

His expanding repertoire of songs can pay tribute to a loved one, comfort those present and add a bespoke live performance to any ceremony. Barry has performed at funerals, weddings and festivals including Glastonbury and Electric Picnic, and live on RTE TV and radio, and BBC Radio Ulster.

Customer Journey

Step 1.

Plan Your Ceremony

  • You can contact me directly, or your funeral director will arrange for me to contact you.
  • We will meet in person, by Zoom/Skype or by phone for approximately one hour, where I will get to know your loved one through your memories, photos and mementos.
  • You may assign roles to family members e.g. eulogy, readings, poems, music.

Step 2.

Agree Ceremony Content

  • We will decide upon the most suitable ceremony for your loved one and I will create the ceremony plan, including running order and content.
  • I will send you the ceremony plan after our consultation.
  • I will contact you to agree any final changes you may have. Any photos for a slide show or music should be ready to send to me or the funeral director.

Step 3.

On the Day

  • The ceremony will be a space to connect with your loved one, where you can say a final goodbye.
  •  We can meet beforehand to go through any parts of the ceremony you wish.
  • If needed I will perform the entire ceremony from start to finish.

Ceremony Options

Funeral Service

As a guide, I have included three very different ceremonies below. Together we will create a unique ceremony that honours your loved one, reflects their personality and comforts those who miss them. I will help you choose the right music, hymns, poetry or readings that are appropriate and respectful.
Non-religious ceremony e.g. Humanists, Atheists
  • Entry music – Over the Rainbow
  • Welcome
  • Poem – Funeral Blues: W.H. Auden
  • Story of a Life
  • Moment of Reflection
  • Committal
  • Song – The Parting Glass
  • Close
  • Exit music – Imagine: John Lennon
Semi-religious ceremony
  • Entry music – Ave Maria
  • Welcome
  • Hymn – Amazing Grace
  • Eulogy
  • Prayer
  • Committal
  • Poem – Do not stand at my grave and weep
  • Close
  • Exit music – Morning has broken
A blend of beliefs
  • Entry music – Voyage: Christy Moore
  • Welcome
  • Bible reading
  • Eulogy
  • Prayer – Buddhist chant
  • Committal
  • Song – Fields of gold
  • Close
  • Exit music – Always look on the bright side of life: Eric Idle

Naming Ceremony

A child or baby naming ceremony is designed to introduce a child to their family, friends and community. It can include symbols, music, poems as well as nominating the child’s Godparents, Oddparents or Guideparents.

Transgender naming or renaming ceremony – This meaningful act of self-expression is an opportunity to formally celebrate this milestone and say thank you to those who helped and supported you along the way. Together we will craft a ceremony that reflects your personality, honours your story and celebrates your identity.

Memorials

A memorial allows us to gather in a group to say a proper goodbye to a loved one, at their home, the cemetery, or a place they held dear. This can happen at a time that feels emotionally right for the family and friends to do so.

Farewell Ceremony

If you want a ceremony that you can be present at, a living funeral or farewell ceremony can help focus joy on the positive memories of your life. This is a chance to gather with those whose lives you have touched, and whose lives have touched yours.

It’s an opportunity to acknowledge the bonds of family and friendship, and say a final goodbye. A ceremony that treasures the limited time you have left can help you feel most alive.

Plan Your Funeral

Planning your own funeral is very life affirming, as it reminds us that our time is limited and encourages us to get more out of our lives. And it is one less task for your loved ones to complete when you’re gone.

I’ll help you arrange your own funeral ceremony, from Service format, Obituary contents and Eulogy writing to Photograph selection, Music, Service booklet and Contributors.

Latest News

Testimonial

Testimonial

Some weeks ago I performed a Civil funeral for a man in Dublin, and his wife sent me this lovely message afterwards....

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Testimonials & FAQs

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What’s Coming Soon

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