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Funeral Services, Celebrants, & Resources

There are amazing professionals to help you navigate the best way for you to honour your loss and celebrate a complete life. We have had the incredible honour to work with the people, businesses and charities on this page and could not recommend them enough.

Staff photo of Family tree funeral services

Family Tree Funeral Company

Family Tree - like Matara - works closely and personally with families to arrange memorable funerals.

After two decades they know there's no right way to hold a funeral - only your way,
and they will stand alongside you throughout; from the first phone call until after the funeral has taken place.

01453 767769 

Gambles Funeral Home staff photo

Michael Gamble Funeral Directors

Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends. We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

01453 802797

Celebrants of Life

Choosing the right person to lead the day and ceremony celebrating your loved one is an incredibly hard decision during a difficult time in your life. We have had the honour of these celebrants leading incredibly meaningful ceremonies at Matara. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about choosing a celebrant.

Link to video of Tara talking about her role as a celebrant

Tara Heath Arnold

"This is an incredibly emotional time, so my job is to listen to what you want.
My role is to write and deliver a ceremony full of love and compassion.
I will spend as much time as required to ensure that we make this ceremony a celebration of the life of your loved one."

Jacqui Harding Celebrant

Jacqui Harding

"I believe that a funeral ceremony should reflect the ubiquitous person who is at the heart of the day. The Matara Centre is a wonderful setting for funeral designed with love and appreciation. Listening to the story of someone's life, the ripples they leave behind, is a gift. And together, we can honour your person with laughter and tears, in whatever way is meaningful to you. "

Kristina Neville celebrant leaning against a tree

Kristina Neville

"I believe in the ritual of ceremony to tell your loved one’s story and to bring family and friends together in comfort. I look forward to listening to your stories and promise to support you, at this overwhelming time, in the creation of a meaningful ceremony. In the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Matara Centre, I will professionally deliver a bespoke ceremony to honour your loved one."

Nicola Banning Celebrant

Nicola Banning

Nicola Banning is a funeral celebrant known for crafting funeral ceremonies with love and care.


Every life holds a story. If you are looking to create a unique and beautiful ceremony to say goodbye to someone you love, Nicola can help you.

The Good Grief Project

The Mission of the Good Grief Project is to change the landscape and language of grief.

It is the brainchild of bereaved parents Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds whose son Josh died in a road accident in Vietnam in 2011. Jane is a psychotherapist and Jimmy is a filmmaker.

Our mission is to support families grieving after the untimely death of a loved one, particularly the death of a child. And to promote an understanding of what it means to grieve in a society that often has difficulty talking openly about death, dying and bereavement.

Our own response to Josh’s death has been to use both the still and the moving image to articulate our grief. We now want to help you to find your way of expressing your grief.

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