I have been living in Mallorca since 1992 and am an integrated member in both the local community as well as a familiar face amongst the British residing here. In 2010 I began visiting patients on the palliative ward at the Joan March Hospital as part of the island based volunteer association, DIME. This organisation serves all the palliative care needs on the island and has some 60 volunteers registered.
I had already been officiating weddings since 2011, however I felt the need to work more in end of life care and so funeral celebrant work seemed a natural progression. To that end I trained with the UK based training association, Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, in 2015 and have offered Celebration of Life ceremonies in both English and Spanish since.
At the same time, I discovered the global movement of the Death Café and since then have developed the Mallorca Death Café network which comprises groups all over the island and maintains ties with groups in Ibiza, Menorca and the mainland of Spain. In 2020 during the COVID lockdown and thanks to the death café network in Spain, I was a founder member of the week long festival Giving Life to Death which took place in November that same year.
I successfully completed the foundation course with EOLD UK in 2019 and was poised to return to the UK last year for further training. Sadly, with COVID and subsequent restrictions in place it has meant that completion of the course is on hold.
However, I have been offering comfort to many, both here and abroad, on practical, emotional and spiritual matters. As a funeral celebrant, I am able to advise on funeral costs and what’s needed in Mallorca upon death. I am able to inform on the types of ceremonies one may require as well as prepare and officiate an alternative celebration of life service. I also offer a spiritual alternative to last rites should anyone require.
With my training in theatre and voice work along with my experience in radio presenting and film production I have many useful skills. These not only give me confidence in resolving the unexpected, but also the positivity that I am able to serve and support those at end of life and their loved ones.