Katie Fretwell | Funeral Celebrant

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Funeral Celebrant in Manchester

My name is Katie, I am married to Peter and have 2 grown up children, Adam and Amelia as well as Abby the 2-year-old Cocker Spaniel. Born and brought up in the Greater Manchester area I have stayed true to my northern roots.

As a keen amateur artist, when I’m not working or dog walking, I like to relax with a sketch pad and pencil. I also enjoy breaks away at our holiday home on the Fylde coast.

I started my working career as a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Conducting Marriage Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships, Civil Funeral Ceremonies, Registering Births and Deaths and assisting with family history searches.

After 13 Years as a Registrar I moved roles to become a Funeral Director, assisting clients at some of the lowest points of their lives. Advising and guiding them through the whole process of arranging a funeral and then finally holding their hands on the day of the funeral.

As a former Funeral Director, I have witnessed first-hand what a great funeral celebrant can bring to the day of the funeral and the comfort this gives to a grieving family. As well as the personal impact a constrained ceremony has on a family’s lasting memories.

My decision to become a funeral celebrant was based partly on a better work, home life balance. But more importantly, to get back to what I love the most. Which is dealing directly with families.

Since becoming a member of UKSOC and qualifying as a Funeral Celebrant I have gained additional skills including interview techniques, script writing and final delivery of the ceremony. As a member I know that I have ongoing support, training and expertise on my side.

Every life, however, it has been lived, has a story. I feel that I am in a privileged position to be able to tell that story.

As a former Registrar and fully qualified, experienced Funeral Director, I am uniquely placed to support bereaved families and help them pay tribute to their loved ones.

With great empathy and immediate rapport with people, I actively listen to my clients' needs and ensure the celebration of the life being remembered is a unique, personal and comforting tribute, allowing for humour, reflection and memorialisation.

I am able to tailor a ceremony to a client’s needs and capture the essence and the character of the deceased creating a ‘unique tribute for a unique life’.

I am very down to earth and am happy to discuss any arrangements at a time and location to suit my clients. My service also includes a full transcript of the eulogy and an assurance of my personal attention and care.

Here are some examples of recent feedback from my clients.

“Just to thank you for everything from me and the family. It was a great send off for my dad.”

“Thank you so much for the transcript of the ceremony, it's really beautiful. Our Mum, Nana and Great Nana would be so pleased.”

“In regard to the recent funeral of my late wife, I just want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you from myself and my family for the lovely service you gave on the day and all the care, compassion, understanding and patience that you gave us at what has been a very sad and difficult time.”

“Many thanks Katie for the excellent service and your attention to detail. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.”


Contact information

07909 101 213


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