Linda Muir is a professionally trained independent Celebrant and a member of the Fellowship of UK Celebrants. She is a qualified Nurse and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Strathclyde University in Glasgow. Linda conducts Funeral Services throughout Ayrshire (and beyond if requested) and runs a counselling practice helping people to cope with their grief during and after their deepest loss.
Funeral Directors want to provide the very best and personalised approach. Their focus is to assist you and the family with the necessary details of the Funeral process. As a Celebrant I offer a service which is not linked to any religion or belief but can include an aspect of traditional religious ceremonies, such as Hymns and the Lord's Prayer, if desired. I provide a reassuring, calm, respectful approach to planning and conducting the Funeral service, by celebrating and honouring the life of the person who has passed.
Each Funeral is personalised and I meet the family and close friends participating in the service to understand their needs, and to help create a ceremony in accordance with the wishes of all involved. Depending on the circumstances I will steer the family to create a personalised eulogy, help where required with the selection of music, hymns, readings (poetry and prose), videos and to deliver a professional service fitting of the person who has passed. Applying the highest of standards set by the FPC and to listen to the needs and wishes of all those I am helping.
The service will be entirely personal as we prepare to say goodbye to your loved one and I will lead you through what for many represents the saddest of times where support, love and strength are much needed and appreciated.
When we lose someone we love the mixture of emotions can be overwhelming. It is important to know that there is no standard way for any of us to grieve. Feelings of anxiety, shock, disbelief, anger, isolation and despair are normal. You may ask yourself is what I am feeling normal? It's important to know what "normal" is. For some it can be all of the above and for others is can be none of them but a sense of relief?
When we suffer a bereavement we have to learn to "live" without that person, to take one step at a time and to take care of ourselves. Physical symptoms of grief are complex but normal to experience and can include loss of appetite; difficulty sleeping; feeling totally drained with little or no energy and of course concern for a life without your loved one. Loss is exclusive to none and I have first hand experience of this and the strength to be gained from family and friends. However, sometimes we need more professional counselling support and I provide this both on a one to one confidential basis as well as a weekly bereavement support group.
Please ask me for more detail.