My passion is to create services that reflect the life and principles of the individual who has died while allowing
those who are organising the funeral to celebrate that life and grieve their loss in their own way.
I am a funeral celebrant based in the Anglia region with over 20 years of experience caring for the bereaved. I have worked in this location since leaving school and live in an area where I can easily serve most of the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
Each funeral is unique, and I take the time to sit with each family to tailor the service to their needs. I can offer advice on music and readings if that is what you require or if you wish to have some form of religious content, I am able to include that. I am also happy to meet with people who wish to consider their own funeral in advance and to help them with planning it.
Other services I can offer include memorial services and ashes interments or scatterings.
I have trained with Civil Ceremonies Ltd and obtained the NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (RQF), the country's highest possible qualification in funeral celebrancy. I have also have an active DBS certificate.
I am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants as well as being a Fellow of the Faculty of Funeral Celebrants.
“Andrew has a grass root understanding of the bereavement needs of families in grief, derived from many years of working in planning and conducting funerals.
His presentation is crisp and individual to the deceased person and the immediate family, sympathetic and understanding to how they must be feeling, and he is comfortable with Civil Ceremonies and Religious Services
As an organist, I have sat through many eulogies many with the same “core” words, but Andrew to his credit, is able to keep his words sincere, comforting, and different each time.” Roger (Crematorium Organist)
“As funeral directors we were left in a difficult situation when one of our local ministers became ill on the day of a funeral. We were due to have a service in his church for a family from a Muslim background.
The local minister asked if it was possible for Andrew to step up and take the service, which he did. His sensitivity to both the family's own beliefs and the surroundings of the local church were perfect for the occasion and he was also able to produce a real celebration for the life of the centenarian whose life they were remembering.” Michael (Norfolk Funeral Director)
“I have known Andrew personally and professionally for many years. I have attended many funerals that Andrew has been both responsible for in a professional sense, as a funeral director, and those where he has been the celebrant. I have also attended funerals in which I have taken part as a Royal British Legion Standard Bearer.
One of my own interests of study has been 'Grief And Loss' and the stages of bereavement. I completed a 'Bereavement' course with CRUSE as a volunteer support worker and have observed Andrew in the light of knowledge that I have gained. I can confirm that Andrew expresses all the values attributed to professional, compassionate, and empathetic care of those who are bereaved. He shows respect to whole families of the deceased, all those present at a service and those taking part. I can wholly vouch for Andrew’s ability to give honour, respect and care.” Joyce (Royal British Legion Standard Bearer)
“Many years ago, in a different life, I employed Andrew as a Funeral Director. He’s experienced, kind, caring, honest and genuine, and I have no hesitation in recommending him as a Funeral Celebrant.” Anne (Independent Funeral Director)
“Andrew is a very caring, experienced and knowledgeable person in the funeral business. He is sympathetic and empathetic to people’s needs and will provide a professional, yet individual service, to the bereaved families.”
David (Crematorium Organist)
“I worked with Andrew for many years and always found him conscientious, hard-working, meticulous and empathetic to those families he served. Andrew will be very suited to the role of celebrant and any family who chooses him to officiate at their loved one’s service will be very lucky indeed. I truly valued Andrew as a colleague and I value him as a friend.” Rachel (Former colleague in funeral service)
“I have known Andrew for over 10 years and worked with him in a professional capacity for the last 6 months. He is very professional, hard-working and thoughtful. He is going to excel as a Celebrant as he has as a funeral director.” Stefan (Former funeral service colleague)
"Andrew Fairweather has been a good friend to SABC for many years both in his role as a senior funeral director and as a speaker. He is a very approachable and warm individual who genuinely cares.
He has a lot of experience in leading congregations sensitively and in public speaking, and I know his caring approach and ability to communicate, will make him an excellent choice as a celebrant.
In addition, his vast experience as a funeral director means Andrew will be able to guide and help bereaved families and friends through the whole experience in his reassuring manner. I cannot think of anyone better qualified as a Funeral Celebrant." Jonathan (Stoke Ash Baptist Church)
"I have known Andrew for approximately 25 years and consider him to be a man of principle and integrity and absolutely dependable.
For 12 years I worked at the same funeral home as Andrew where I witnessed his professionalism first-hand. I believe Andrew's background of having worked in funeral services for 20 years in various roles of caring for the deceased, arranging & directing funerals, being involved in bereavement support and obtaining numerous diplomas all culminate in Andrew having a wealth of knowledge regarding bereavement.
Having also attended a number of services where Andrew has officiated as a minister, or a celebrant, I am certain that every family engaging with Andrew as their celebrant will be fortunate.
Andrew has a real aptitude to engage with people, showing great empathy and understanding of people's feelings at a time of bereavement while also being able to reflect on the personality and life of the deceased. Andrew has a unique ability to ensure that such a service is a celebration of the person's life and a comforting experience for family and friends." Sam (Former funeral service colleague)