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About Dawn

My name is Dawn Barker.

Being a Civil Funeral Celebrant is one of the most humbling, privileged and rewarding tasks I have ever undertaken.

My work involves visiting families who have lost a loved one. And to write the funeral as they wish it to be. I visit people in their home and spend time with them, making sure I record every detail of their loved one, who has sadly died.

Most important is that I know how to create a truly heartfelt and bespoke funeral service, that will be remembered by you and your loved ones – for all the right reasons.

A ceremony to mark the death of a loved one is vitally important. The public expression and sharing of grief are particularly important in the early days of bereavement. It provides closure and an opportunity to begin the process of grieving.

Trusted celebrants

I am a member of the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants (FOIC). FOIC is one of the leading funeral training organisations and is a trusted name in the world of funerals. I follow the NOCN (National Open College Network) syllabus to Certificate and Diploma Level 3. I have £5 Million Public Liability Insurance and £1 Million Professional Indemnity Insurance.

My commitment to you

I write up the service with care and diligence, keeping the family’s wishes at the centre of the service. We keep in touch by phone or email. The service is then sent to be checked and approved by the family.

Whatever you want, we can write together, and the service will be perfect for your loved one. On the day of the funeral service, I officiate the service and bring a wealth of experience and all that I have learned about human nature, life and death.

In addition to being a Civil Funeral Celebrant, I am also a British Sign Language Interpreter. Working with the Deaf Community, in various situations, various locations and varying communities around the UK.

My training

I took on my Funeral Celebrant training with The FOIC and the National Open College Network. FOIC is also where I received my House Blessing Ceremonies training.

I am still studying and intend to take my level Certificate 3 qualification onwards to conversion into the National Diploma.

In 2021 I intend to train as a Wedding Celebrant.

Training for British Sign Language Interpreting involved me studying at The University of Bristol, Centre for Deaf Studies, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

I am self-employed / freelance.

My experience

I have many years of experience, both personally and professionally. Wrapped up in the glorious walk of life and also in the darker, more lonely and sadder side of death. I too have loved and lost my brother, and my father, as well as several beautiful and faithful pets. To lose them was as painful and upsetting experiences as losing any member of my family.

Professionally, I served as a Bereavement officer with the National Health Service, based in The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. I met bereaved relatives of patients who had died and talked to them about how to register the death.

I also cared for those loved ones who had died at the hospital. When required, I prepared them lovingly, with kindness, for family viewings. In my career I also served as a Police Officer with the Thames Valley Police.

Looking back at an amazing career, I certainly experienced first hand the heights of human happiness. As well as the depths of human suffering and loss.

About Dawn , portrait of Dawn Barker

My name is Dawn Barker.

Being a Civil Funeral Celebrant is one of the most humbling, privileged and rewarding tasks I have ever undertaken.

My work involves visiting families who have lost a loved one. And to write the funeral as they wish it to be. I visit people in their home and spend time with them, making sure I record every detail of their loved one, who has sadly died.

Trusted celebrants

I am a member of the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants (FOIC). FOIC is one of the leading funeral training organisations and is a trusted name in the world of funerals. I follow the NOCN (National Open College Network) syllabus to Certificate and Diploma Level 3. I have £5 Million Public Liability Insurance and £1 Million Professional Indemnity Insurance.

My commitment to you

I write up the service with care and diligence, keeping the family’s wishes at the centre of the service. We keep in touch by phone or email. The service is then sent to be checked and approved by the family.

Whatever you want, we can write together, and the service will be perfect for your loved one. On the day of the funeral service, I officiate the service and bring a wealth of experience and all that I have learned about human nature, life and death.

In addition to being a Civil Funeral Celebrant, I am also a British Sign Language Interpreter. Working with the Deaf Community, in various situations, various locations and varying communities around the UK.

My training

I took on my Funeral Celebrant training with The FOIC and the National Open College Network. FOIC is also where I received my House Blessing Ceremonies training.

I am still studying and intend to take my level Certificate 3 qualification onwards to conversion into the National Diploma.

In 2021 I intend to train as a Wedding Celebrant.

Training for British Sign Language Interpreting involved me studying at The University of Bristol, Centre for Deaf Studies, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

I am self-employed / freelance.

My experience

I have many years of experience, both personally and professionally. Wrapped up in the glorious walk of life and also in the darker, more lonely and sadder side of death. I too have loved and lost my brother, and my father, as well as several beautiful and faithful pets. To lose them was as painful and upsetting experiences as losing any member of my family.

Professionally, I served as a Bereavement officer with the National Health Service, based in The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. I met bereaved relatives of patients who had died and talked to them about how to register the death.

I also cared for those loved ones who had died at the hospital. When required, I prepared them lovingly, with kindness, for family viewings. In my career I also served as a Police Officer with the Thames Valley Police.

Looking back at an amazing career, I certainly experienced first hand the heights of human happiness. As well as the depths of human suffering and loss.