Hello – I’m Alex Long and I am an Independent Celebrant.
My background is in music – I have been a professional double bass player for many years and have also completed the ‘Health and Music’ module of a Music Therapy MA. Both of these things have given me valuable insights into how to hold the space necessary in a ceremony and I am also very happy leading any singing that you might like to include.
I fervently believe that all ceremonies should be as unique as the people they celebrate and bring my skills as a musician, mum and all round listener to all that I do.
My journey into the celebrant world began nine years ago, when my father died at 58. His wishes for his own funeral changed substantially in his last five days, culminating in him having a last ‘burn up’ over the South Downs in this…
I wrote and delivered his eulogy and was struck just how important it is to have a good end and one that is personal and soulful.
Since that time I helped friends create naming ceremonies for their children and enabled women’s circles to hold elemental ceremonies.
I then trained on the Funeral Celebrant Diploma course with Green Fuse in Devon who provide a vast depth of knowledge surrounding funerals and their rituals.
I now help people write ceremonies to mark life’s precious and important moments from handfasting ceremonies, through naming ceremonies to funerals.
I have two gorgeous girls who are currently 14 and 6 and live on the edge of the South Downs with them and my husband, who is a teacher of music. I enjoy walking out in the elements and foraging in the hedgerows and I knit and crochet in my spare time.