Funeral Celebrant in Scotland
My name is Alison, a Funeral Celebrant in Scotland or to be more precise Biggar, South Lanarkshire.
I am married to David and have 2 grown up sons, Adam and Lewis.
I enjoy walking my two dogs, Ford and Fred. A miniature Dachshund, and a scruffy Jack Russell. The dogs filled an empty nest when my youngest son left for the University. I got my first dog at 51years old, and it has been a joy.
The beach is their favourite walk and David and I often visit Portobello, Edinburgh at weekends for a dip in the sea...them not me!
In the summer we go on a dog friendly holiday, and the winter a trip to Tenerife, where I am happy to people watch while catching the sun.
With regards to hobbies, I am very keen gardener. I love nothing better than pottering about in my garden in hot summer nights. I also enjoy recycling old furniture. I have refurbished many pieces over the years with bright colours to a shabby chic look.
Family is everything to me and I am extremely fortunate my sons, Father and my siblings live close by. We love a party and are known to meetup and celebrate anything and everything. I love dancing and I am always up on the dance floor. Any 80's tune will do. Interior design is another interest, and I enjoy watching TV programmes related to this. Escape to the Chateau being a favourite, dreaming of owning my own chateau in France, enjoying the wine of the vineyards.
I live in a rural area but am happy to travel. You become used to this when you are from the countryside. Growing up on a farm and helping out, meant learning to drive on quite a early age.
Having worked with the public as a receptionist or Spa Boutique Manager for 37 years, and trained and worked as a Victim Support Volunteer, I consider myself as a "people person", caring, a good listener and empathetic.
Victim Support volunteering meant dealing with people who were victims of a crime and I have dealt with people with different situations and severity of problems. I have loved this and the thought of helping even just a little bit, meant so much to me.
Having attended family and friends' funerals, I have become so aware of how important it is for the ceremony to be unique, to that person.
It is important to treat people the way you wish your family to be treated, and I would want to offer the best ceremony for which they could ever hope.
My Mum died recently, and the ceremony was just as my family had wanted. It has given so much comfort to my father and that is what I want to offer to families too.
My siblings and I had an idyllic life growing up on the Farm, always something to do, family, and friends around, very social times, which I may not have appreciated at the time, but would have loved my boys to have experienced as children. No worries of any kind, the way life should be.
As a Celebrant, I would hope to offer the support you would require and help with any of your worries connected to the ceremony of your family.